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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).

The swift rise and fall of the Flip camcorder

Even by the standards of today's fast-paced technological change, the life story of the Flip camcorder happened at breakneck speed.

Fujitsu takes on BT over rural fibre

Fujitsu is set to compete with BT for Government subsidies as it prepares a £2bn roll out of superfast broadband infrastructure to households in rural areas.

Cisco shuts down the Flip

The flip video camera, which became a sensation when it was launched in 2007 because it was so easy to use, was axed by the technology giant Cisco yesterday, after the product was eclipsed by smartphones and digital cameras which all now shoot video.

The jacket that defines Britain

Everywhere Mat Snow looks, he sees people in jeans and North Face jackets. Why are we dressed to depress? It's our duty to be flamboyant in times of recession, he argues – not a nation of black-clad Calvinists

Yell profit warning as revenue drops 12 per cent

The directories group Yell issued a profit warning alongside disappointing third-quarter results yesterday, sending the Yellow Pages owner's stock down by 11 per cent by the end of the day's trading.

The Net Delusion: How Not To Liberate The World, By Evgeny Morozov

In the world theatre of geopolitics, where hubris sometimes seems like the only hit production running, Hilary Clinton's "Internet Freedom" speech of January 2010 deserves some kind of special award. Drawing a parallel between the Iron Curtain of the Cold War and the "information curtain descending across much of the world", the US Secretary of State praised "viral videos and blog posts" as "the samizdat of our day... We need to put these tools in the hands of people around the world who will use them to advance democracy and human rights".

The Timeline: Saint Nicholas

3rd century: Old Saint Nick

Yell stock plunges after poor sales

Shares in Yell dropped by a fifth yesterday after the Yellow Pages's publisher reported an accelerating slide in quarterly sales.

Market Report: Miners glister as gold prices continue to rise

There was plenty of sparkle on the leaderboard last night as gold miners benefited from the yellow metal hitting a new high and analysts predicted yet more increases.

'Full-time students will become a rare breed'

Helena Pozniak looks at how technology will shape learning

Virgin launches 'Ferrari of broadband services'

Virgin Media upped the ante in the battle for broadband market share as it unveiled what it is calling the "Ferrari" of internet connections. The cable giant said it would start offering its superfast 100Mb broadband service in December.

Battle gears up for the right to own the 'YouView' trademark

Total and the Market Harborough Building Society challenge consortium over TV brand

Changing channels: YouView is highly controversial, despite its cosy image

YouView will offer TV on demand, web access, plus arts and charity shows, all via your remote control. But not everyone is behind this new way to watch.
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Atwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

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Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

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