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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).

Cisco executive is Skyped as competition heats up

Skype, the pioneering internet phone and video conferencing company, is switching chief executives, in a move designed to improve prospects for its multibillion dollar stock market flotation.

Police smash £12m computer fraud gang

A high-tech international crime gang that targeted one of the world's largest computer companies has been smashed by police.

Dell raises bid for 3Par in takeover battle with HP

Dell has put the ball back in Hewlett-Packard's court in the computer manufacturing rivals' battle for control of 3Par, a California data storage company.

Industry video standard to launch in autumn

A consortium of 55 entertainment and technology giants hoping to standardize digital formats for video playback has said it will start beta testing in the fall as it added two more companies to its ranks and unveiled its brand name, Ultraviolet.

NTT agrees to buy Didata for £2.1bn

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) has agreed to buy the South African IT company Dimension Data for £2.1bn as it seeks growth in emerging markets to offset a stagnant economy at home.

Cisco unveils iPad competitor for business

Cisco is launching a tablet computing device aimed at business customers, becoming the latest company to wade into the red-hot tablet market.

Can you look her in the iPad?

We're more aware than ever of where our food and fashions come from. But few of us consider the human cost of the latest must-have gadgets. It's about time we did, says Nick Harding

The dangers and opportunities of moving into foreign markets

Why it pays to do your homework

Investment Column: Genus offers seeds of farming recovery

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The Week Ahead: Intercontinental to find room for optimism

Analysts have their fingers crossed ahead of tomorrow's quarterly update from Intercontinental Hotels Group, with the hospitality specialist expected to report improving trends in Asia and the US.

The new generation of enterprising entrepreneurs

Fancy yourself as the next James Dyson? You could come up with a design and promote it on YouTube – but if you want your device to succeed, there's a lot of work ahead, entrepreneurs tell Simon Usborne

Ofcom plans to force BT to open network to broadband rivals

Ofcom, the communications regulator, hopes to accelerate the march of "superfast" broadband across the UK by demanding BT offer rivals access to its fibre network as well as its underground ducts and telegraph poles.

James Moore: Mandy's right on predatory takeovers

Outlook: When news of a bid breaks, there tends to be precious little talk about whether it's a good or a bad idea

Huge 'botnet' amputated, but criminals reconnect

The sudden takedown of an Internet provider thought to be helping spread one of the most promiscuous pieces of malicious software out there appears to have cut off criminals from potentially millions of personal computers under their control.

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Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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