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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

Susie Rushton: Wedcations make the best rural retreat

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Sony takes on Kindle with WiFi e-book reader

Sony plans to offer an e-book reader with the ability to wirelessly download books, injecting more competition in a small but fast-growing market by adopting a key feature of the rival Kindle from Amazon.com.

Rhodri Marsden: File-sharing is endemic. The law cannot move as fast as technology

As someone who writes words and makes music for a living, I should probably be rushing to carry Lord Mandelson shoulder high from his office to a waiting chariot, while a crowd of film-makers and songwriters shower him with confetti.

Tips and deals: 23/08/2009

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Microsoft prices Zune HD below iPod

Microsoft Corp put its new Zune HD digital music and video player on sale in the US on Thursday, pricing it below comparable Apple iPod devices, in an attempt to claw some market share away from the dominant leader.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

What's the current must-have for any major fashion label? Not so much an "it" bag (very déclassé – do keep up) but an "it" hotel. Versace, Bulgari, Ralph Lauren and Christian Lacroix all have interior-designed hotels, while Armani is set to open one in Dubai and Moschino in Milan later this year. Now, the Italian label Missoni – best known for its multicoloured zigzag patterns – has just opened a 136-room hotel in Scotland's capital. More will follow in Kuwait, Cape Town and Oman. The location of the label's first property is surprising, since Edinburgh is not as obviously high fashion as say Milan or Paris, but Rosita Missoni, creative director and co-founder of the company has explained that "Edinburgh was the first offer we received. The city is full of charm, history, tradition, culture. And the location was quite prestigious."

Small Talk: Cashbox spreads net to take in Wi-Fi ATMs

It is Friday night. It is raining. The taxi is waiting outside the pub to take you home. And you don't have enough money to pay for it.

Album: The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. (Polydor)

The title apparently stands for "The Energy Never Dies", will.i.am's response to what he perceives as the end of a music industry "paradigm", but which is simply a shift in retailing structure.

24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Palomar, Washington DC

Arrive at the Palomar in the early evening and you might feel as though you've gate-crashed a private party: hotel guests mingle in the double-height lobby as complimentary drinks and canapés are dispensed at the daily "wine hour". This is an indication of the reception you will receive at this lively boutique hotel, which is located in one of the most accessible districts in the US capital.

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes