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Paper Monitor

12:22 UK time, Friday, 17 October 2008

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Whisper it. It may not be as crazy as it sounds. No, not the Daily Telegraph's booming "WHY BARACK OBAMA CAN STILL LOSE" teaser.

It's "Has Liz Hurley had her nipples removed?" - a question Paper Monitor did not mean to say aloud as it picked up the Daily Mail.

Not that she has.

But it is testament to her superior skill with outfits that reveal almost-but-not-quite-too-much that there is no wardrobe malfunction in a dress seemingly designed to guarantee just that. And perhaps a testament to the effectiveness of tit tape, an essential piece of kit for those who dance in the paparazzi's line of fire. (At what age, one wonders, will Hurley finally tire of such tortures and opt for cosy polo necks instead?)

Meanwhile, the perhaps surprising symbiotic relationship between the Guardian and the global grande-latte Goliath continues apace. The muesli-munchers' choice has recently taken to giving away a free Starbucks coffee for every reader, as next month it will replace the Times as the coffee chain's in-house read (for a price - Starbucks does not hold with the tradition of providing free newspapers, and instead expects its customers to buy a copy).

Starbucks reportedly decided to make the switch after a business review earlier this year found the Guardian and Observer would be a "better partner". Hmmm. This perhaps casts a new light on the Sun carpeting Starbucks for water wastage last week - a great story, but perhaps also one in the eye for dumping its sibling after a four-year relationship.

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