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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Network: Meet Larry Ellison, the software supremo with an ego to match his income

The billionaire behind Oracle once again has his eye on Apple Computer. But does he want to save the ailing company, or is he just trying to get the better of Bill Gates? By Cliff Joseph

How to blunder your way to the top

It is usually assumed that in business's increasingly cut-throat environment, just about any mistake is career-threatening.

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THEATRE Faust Lyric Studio, London

Mark Ravenhill has pointed out in interviews that one of the good things about his first play, Shopping and Fucking, was that the title gave the audience some hints about what they were in for - without going into details, let's just say it wasn't a play you would recommend to a friend suffering from haemorrhoids and a vivid imagination. As a result of this honesty, nobody ever walked out or complained.

Where does Bill want to go today?

On tape or via satellite, there's no escaping Microsoft's chairman these days. By Andrew North

Microsoft goes Active

Andrew North gets a sneak preview of the software giant's new cross-platform operating system

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IS THE TRADITIONAL ART GALLERY GOING THE SAME WAY AS CAVE PAINTING? WILL THE MOUSE REPLACE THE PAINT BRUSH? ANDY BECKETT ACCESSES THE FUTURE OF THE VISUAL ARTS

Mensa: readers reply

Last week William Hartston took a knife to the brains trust ...

Who needs a Navigator when you can be an Explorer?

Richard Barry says the new Web browser from Microsoft is likely to blast Netscape deep into cyberspace

Libraries to boost trade with Sunday opening

Britain's libraries look likely to follow the example set by seven-day trading, and begin opening on Sundays.

Network: Wilderness at the touch of a button

The work of photographer Ansel Adams is going digital. By Paul Rodgers

Gates joins the gold rush

Microsoft is fighting to gain lost ground on the Net. Joseph Gallivan reports

How Bill Gates Winsocked it to the opposition

You install Windows 95 ... and your Net access is disabled.

In Bill Gates' utopia, we can all be information millionaires

When he was eight years old Bill Gates, His Imperial Highness of Information and Potentate of the PC, settled down to work his way through the 1960 World Book Encyclopaedia. "I was determined to read straight through every volume," he recalls. "I could have absorbed more if it had been easy to read all the articles about the 16th century in sequence or all the articles pertaining to medicine. Instead I read about 'Garter Snakes', then 'Gary, Indiana,' then 'Gas'." He gave up when he reached the P's, apparently, seduced by the superior attractions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and his first computer. It's rather spooky, don't you think, this picture of childish absorption? The process sounds strangely mechanical, more like downloading than reading. It is most reminiscent of one of those speeded-up educations that malign computers undergo in science-fiction films. You can almost imagine Ma Gates lying in bed at night and asking Pa, as the light goes off, "Did you remember to unplug Bill, dear?"
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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices