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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

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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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Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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