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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).

For sale: a double plot by Marilyn, Swifty and Burt

"BURIAL CRYPT. Join Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Burt Lancaster, Swifty Lazar, Darryl Zanuck. Two side-by-side spaces for sale at Westwood Village Memorial Park. Private Party." So went the advert that appeared recently in Variety, the best known trade paper to "the industry".

The delicate art of growth

Inside Business: Large companies need clear objectives when they go down the capital venture route or they may well get lost, writes Roger Trapp

You can lose your data and not lose your mind

Backing up your files via the Internet means that spare copies are always available.

Northern Telecom buys Bay Networks

THE CONVERGENCE of computer technology with telecommunications took another huge step forward yesterday, as Northern Telecom bought Bay Networks.

Leading in IT, Bristol-fashion

Hewlett-Packard's lab in England is a key player in the search for technology 'people like', says Roger Trapp

Profit from passion

Two studies show that people work better if they believe in what they are doing and are emotionally engaged with the company they work for. Roger Trapp reports

Brown's gamble should not go unchallenged

LAST WEEK in an interview with the Financial Times, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown repeated his mantra: "Britain for the first time has a chance of establishing a credible framework for both monetary policy and fiscal policy." The question is what this mantra means.

Banks to determine loans on firms' millennium awareness

Companies may be refused a bank loan unless they can show that their computer systems can cope with the so-called `millennium bug'. Year 2000 compliance is to become an increasingly important determinant of credit ratings. Lea Paterson reports.

Movers & shakers

ECsoft, the pan-European IT consultancy, has appointed Simon Bates as UK sales director. Previously, Bates was director of business development for ECsoft's Practice Group activities.

Smaller companies group presses for a three-tier market

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Ascend descends on US rival in $3.7bn deal

The merger mania in the US network computers industry continued yesterday when Ascend Communications agreed to buy its smaller rival Cascade Communications in a $3.7bn (pounds 2.31bn) deal.

A bit more backbone

Internet II is in the wings. US researchers have built a new, superfast network and they love the results. Joseph Gallivan on life in the very fast lane

Celebrating the fresh face of Urban Decay

Sandy Lerner has a passion for purple - and not just because it is sometimes the colour of her waist-length hair. At 40, the computer nerd who made a mint ($200m actually) out of her Silicon Valley company Cisco Systems is the kind of woman who enjoys the odd bout of mediaeval jousting and riding a Harley. But then she discovered that the world had a purple problem.

California: where wealth stretches out to greet you

YOUR MONEY Investment tourists: if you want dramatic returns and you're willing to take a risk, head for Silicon Valley
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