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The hoary old holier-than-thou argument has been thrown at rugby union following the incident at Leeds which has led to Worcester players Chris Cracknell and James Collins facing an RFU disrepute charge on Tuesday. A couple of football writers cited the Harlequins fake-blood fiasco when accusing the oval-ball game of going easy on cheating and misbehaviour while looking down their noses at footie. This despite the Quins case ending with a coach given a three-year ban and a player suspended for four months for faking injury (yes, faking injury – if football did the same, there'd be no one left in a couple of weeks). True, Cracknell was "only" fined and suspended for two weeks by his club for the post-match fight on the Headingley touchline but this could amount to a dismissal if his contract is not renewed. And he and Collins face further sanction now from an RFU panel chaired by Judge Jeff Blackett, who banned Toulouse's Trevor Brennan for life (reduced to five years on appeal) for climbing into the crowd and punching an Ulster supporter in 2007. Will Blackett be lenient? Reports suggested the Worcester fracas was confined to the two players and their dads so, while being unacceptable, wasn't it fundamentally different to a player attacking a random member of the crowd? Rugby remains wary of starting down the road to football's segregation of fans and cutting them off from players.

Yahoo secures rights to show Premier League highlights online

Yahoo has landed a deal to show Premier League highlights over the internet, following a competitive auction in which it outbid current rights holder Virgin Media.

China journalist club shuts website after attack

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China has shut its website after a burst of hacker attacks, days after attacks on the Yahoo email accounts of some foreign journalists covering China were discovered.

How I became a target of China's war in cyberspace

Clifford Coonan, our man in Beijing, knew his email had been hacked when he found bad spelling

Journalists' emails hacked in China

Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and other users whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

6 Music campaigners to take protest to charts

Campaigners aiming to save threatened BBC station 6 Music are hoping to take their protest to the charts.

Microsoft Bing nabs more web searches in February

Microsoft's Bing search engine gained market share in the US in February, according to research groups.

Ruck and Maul: Clinically deaf Cohen signs up to help hard of hearing

Ben Cohen, the Sale and England wing who is clinically deaf, is helping to publicise a series of video clips of signing for rugby players. The signs for such words and phrases as tackle, pass, attack, scrummage and first aid are designed for coaches to communicate better with deaf and hard-of-hearing players and can be seen at www.ndcs.org.uk/rfu. Cohen spoke about his deafness for the first time in a national newspaper in The Independent on Sunday last month and he told Ruck and Maul: "Everyone in rugby knows me as 'Eh?' because of my deafness. It didn't stop me becoming a professional player but it's never been easy. In a quiet room I'm fine but I was on the team bus down to Gloucester on Friday and with the other players chatting I had to strain to hear the person next to me. I've also got tinnitus – a permanent ringing in the ears – which doesn't help. If the ability to sign rugby words helps more kids get into the game, it's got to be good."

Yahoo partners with Twitter to boost social features

Yahoo plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of websites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features.

Microsoft steps up search assault on Google

Microsoft's assault on search engine leader Google took a major step forward yesterday as US and European regulators cleared the software company's search partnership with Yahoo.

Microsoft's Bing 'will make money'

Microsoft Corp's 10-month-old search engine Bing, which has struggled to make headway against Google, can be a viable runner-up and make money online eventually, according to one of its top executives.

Stephen Foley: So is it about the ethics or the money?

For all its potential, China accounts for barely 1 per cent of Google's revenues

Tough first year for Yahoo's tough-talking CEO

Carol Bartz spent much of her first year as Yahoo Inc.'s chief executive rallying the troops and clearing the decks, often sounding like a salty drill sergeant as she vowed to whip the downtrodden Internet company back into shape.

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