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A British-born chief executive has hit the Silicon Valley jackpot for the second time in his career after selling US social media analytics firm Topsy to Apple for a reported $200m (£122m).

Topsy: who are they and why did Apple buy them?

Apple's $200 million acquisition of the Twitter anlaytics company has raised questions about the company's interest in social media

James Weeks and Areeb Amani get to work at UTC Reading

The school that really means business: UTC Reading is preparing pupils for the world of work

Corporate sponsors, suits instead of uniforms and houses replaced by ‘companies’ show how one of the new UTCs is putting work first

Investment Insider: Look at the US to fill gaps in your portfolio

Sometimes there are just no British equivalents to some American companies

The Business Matrix: Thursday 13 June 2013

Monarch  takes flight

Impressive range: the Linksys x3500 router

A Week With: The Linksys x3500 router

Make life a little less complex

James Ashton: Size matters, so Britain must grow big businesses to feed our economy

A confluence of events reminded me of the real challenge Britain faces to reboot itself as a nation of entrepreneurs. I emerged on Wednesday from a persuasive briefing with Santander's boss Ana Botin on her campaign to recruit more small-business customers to read an email reporting that a little-known company called Ubiquisys had been sold.

Derek Pain: Nighthawk oil punt that left me in the dark

No Pain, No Gain
Scott Forstall demonstrating the new map application during the 2012 Apple WWDC keynote address in San Francisco in June 2012

iPhone Maps clash leads to departure of top Apple executive

A high profile row over how to handle the fallout from the disastrous launch of Apple’s iOS Maps service has led to the resignation of the company’s Senior Vice-President of iOS Software, the Wall Street Journal claims today.

Zhang Tingzhen, who is unable to speak or walk properly, with his parents in Shenzhen hospital

iPhone factory 'threatened to cut funding for disabled man'

Foxconn plant in China wanted brain-damaged man to take disability assessment, say family

Financial markets: A temporary software glitch earlier this month cost Nasdaq more than $40m during the flotation of Facebook’s shares. The US tech stock exchange had to compensate investors who were unable to buy shares when the market opened

Facebook launch 'cost UBS £227m'

Banking group UBS claimed today that the botched stock market listing of social networking giant Facebook cost it 349 million Swiss francs (£227 million).

Silicon Valley Bank opens UK branch

A US-based bank dedicated to supporting firms in the technology sector today opened its first UK branch.

A new generation of STEM skilled youngsters can use the games as a platform for new careers

On your marks: London 2012 gears up to launch new technical careers

It’s all about the sport, but behind the scenes, the Olympic and Paralympic games are powered by people with technology, science, engineering and maths skills, says Rhodri Marsden

James Cusick: From Sicily to the US courts – the trail of evidence could hit Murdoch where it hurts

News Corporation cannot afford to put a foot wrong. However uncomfortable the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal has been for Rupert Murdoch in the UK, wider questions about the way News Corp has been governed now hold the potential to do serious damage to the company's global brand.

Murdoch offloads TV technology firm NDS

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has offloaded its remaining stake in NDS, a satellite TV technology provider where computer hacking allegations have returned to haunt its former parent company.

Chosen to help make the Games happen

Competitors may make the headlines, but what happens behind the scenes at the London 2012 Games is just as important. That’s because these Olympic and Paralympic Games aim to be the most technologically connected Games possible, reaching a vast global audience of billions through a multitude of media channels.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?