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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

Christina Patterson: Saints, sinners and cloud cuckoo land

On Sunday, the son of a banker was set on the path to sainthood. This is a very big deal. It's a big deal not just because Britain has, for the past few centuries, been seriously under-represented in the higher echelons of heaven, or because it would seem to indicate that even the spawn of Satan can be redeemed, or even because, although his predecessor (who is himself on the waiting list) catapulted Catholics to the corridors of celestial power pretty much every time he brushed his teeth, God's current representative on earth has, in matters of beatification, been rather slower. It's a big deal because it's a hassle. You've got to have committees, and documentation and declarations and exhumations and certificates and then, after all that, you've got to have a miracle. You'd love to slash the bureaucracy and cut straight to frontline services, but rules are rules and you can't.

Mary Dejevsky: It's patients who must come first

As a group, junior hospital doctors have never been exactly backward in coming forward about the iniquities of their pay and conditions. But their present campaign – in which they are essentially saying, "Please, please, let us work more hours every week, because otherwise we won't gain enough experience to be competent doctors" – seems to me to be disingenuous in the extreme.

Kate Simon: Cows, cows, cows. That's all there is to see on trains

Wi-Fi on trains isn't welcomed by all, it seems.

Men on the street: Sharp dressers

When Esquire magazine launched an exhaustive search for Britain's best-dressed 'real' man, the editor Jeremy Langmead found some very sharp dressers

Vodafone reveals portable WiFi

Vodafone is launching a portable WiFi hotspot allowing users to access the internet using mobile broadband with up to five devices at once. The R201 also has enough on-board memory to store digital media such as photos, video or music files.

Kate Simon: Free Wi-Fi is the way to a traveller's heart

Good news for passengers on East Midlands Trains. The rail company is the latest to offer Wi-Fi on board its services to London. From 5 September, Wi-Fi will be piloted on all East Midlands' fast trains on the London-Sheffield route and the Robin Hood service from London to Nottingham.

Spain becomes latest country to take on Google

Spain is investigating Google over its "Street View" mapping feature, becoming the latest country to tangle with the Internet search giant over concerns it violated people's privacy while taking shots of city streets.

Chris Addison, Assembly @ George Street

Ire meets vulnerability with comic effect

Google offices raided in South Korea

South Korean police raided Google's Seoul office on Tuesday, the latest in a series of legal challenges the company is facing because of data collected by its controversial fleet of "Street View" cars.

Rhodri Marsden: Get the better of mobile rip-offs


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Cisco unveils iPad competitor for business

Cisco is launching a tablet computing device aimed at business customers, becoming the latest company to wade into the red-hot tablet market.

Hackers reveal details of thousands of iPad 'VIPs'

They thought they were among the lucky few: the "VIPs" who were the very first to get their hands on Apple's latest gadget. But those high-ranking military officials, media bosses and even White House staff might now be wishing they hadn't bothered, after an online security breach exposed the personal details of thousands of iPad users.

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