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The biggest revolution in the English legal profession is under way. Not only does it appear that the Bar is carefully managing to take back its previous control of advocacy in the higher courts, new schemes to register approved advocates in some lower courts are dividing the solicitors branch. But these pale alongside the chances that have allowed solicitors practices to incorporate under a Limited Liability Partnership structure and to take in private equity.

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It all began with a package bundled with Windows in 1999 but now, following Microsoft's integration of Skype, MS Live Messenger is to be killed off, except in China, as Microsoft forcibly migrates the users of its messaging system to the Skype platform. From early 2013, it's going to be the Skype way or the highway.

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The future of the recent development of podium interviews must be in doubt as two Formula One champions disgrace themselves and the sport by the use of coarse - in one case foul - language live across the conservative Abu Dhabi landscape and the world's TV screens.

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As most of the crews pack up and head for the USA via their workshops in the UK, skeleton crews are left behind with a car or two. It's the Abu Dhabi Young Driver's Test and there are some interesting names.

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The American Suzuki Corporation is to enter adminnistration (the Americans call it "Chapter 11 Bankruptcy"). It's SUVs and pickups are just not selling enough, despite innovation and quality.

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Ant West was joyous : his second place in Moto2 at the Australian GP at Philip Island was a vindication of his work all season and the faith his team has had in him during a very tough season. But within three days, his world came crashing down around him.

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There are few that argue with the assertion that Ayrton Senna was Formula One's greatest driver. Driven, tortured, ruthless on the track yet a man of considerable humanity off it, Senna knocked down records like a bowler knocks down pins. Even as his records are equalled, drivers that do so find that matching his performance is an emotional experience.

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There are, it seems, almost no limits to how dumb internet fraudsters can be. In these two examples, the most dimwitted are at their hilarious best. (update: three examples)

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A trawl through the access logs of ChiefOfficers.Net shows an interesting trend which appears to tie into the use of WordOress installations for phishing scams.

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It might sound an odd thing to say about the iPhone that it's not user friendly but it's true. As soon as you want to do something Apple doesn't want you to do. you are on your own, you have to void your warranty, and you might find you are locked out of some of the services you bought the phone for in the first place. In short, the iPhone is user friendly if you use it as Apple want you to.

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In the 1970s, The Ford Motor Company had acres of open storage filled with made-in-England cars that they could not sell. The culture was to keep factories open albeit below capacity. Now they, and other manufacturers, are facing the same dilemma. Ford says it's not going to make the same mistake again.

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When we've looked at The Circuit of the Americas (tweely known by its owners as COTA) in Austin, Texas, we've been a bit disparaging, largely, it has to be said, because there has been so much uncertainty over whether it would ever come into being or whether, if it did, it would be ready in time for its inaugural Formula One race. We didn't expressly say "if a decent track comes out of this mess, I'll eat my hat," but it was strongly implied. Pass the ketchup, please.

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As if being accused of risking perverting the course of justice (and giving Australian police the virtual finger) isn't enough (story) Facebook has now caused even more annoyance by refusing to remove a page that identifies operational undercover assets in Victoria.

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IT Security company Kaspersky Labs says that it has identified a new variant of a threat. Called "miniFlame" (aka SPE) it is a small and highly flexible malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during targeted cyber espionage operations.

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In terms of seriousness, it's not in the league of the disastrous brake pedal problem a couple of years ago but the scale of the recall is so huge that it's a PR nightmare.

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