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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 claim 12x increase in web speeds

Cisco Systems, the world's top maker of network equipment, introduced a router that it says can handle 12 times the Internet traffic of the nearest competing product.

Margareta Pagano: Stock markets declare war on the politicians

Optimistic investors force governments to act

This charming man: Who is the real John Mayer?

He's a regular in the gossip magazines, an obsessive Twitterer and an unapologetic alpha male. Oh, and he's also sold 13 million records.

Johann Hari: Why Stephanie Beacham is a model for us all

A woman's life doesn't have to end at 60 – as the star of Celebrity Big Brother is proving

Top gadget show brought down to earth by recession

US Electronics sales rebounded in the just-ended holiday season, but the industry's biggest event will still have the recession hanging over it.

Santa who held up a bank to pay the elves (and other festive tales for our times)

Bad Santa

In Nashville, Tennessee, Bad Santa has struck, holding up a bank at gunpoint. Dressed seasonally in bright red with white gloves, white beard, red and white hat and dark sunglasses, he pulled a gun and threatened the bank staff that if they put dye bombs on the cash, to make it traceable, he would return and kill them.

Google goes global as Apps ads hit the UK

Google said more than 2 million businesses now use its online office software, and the Web search leader is going global on Monday with an advertising campaign to lure customers away from Microsoft Corp and IBM products.

The company that turned 'disability' into an asset

When Thorkil Sonne was told that his three-year-old son had autism, the Danish IT specialist ran the classic gamut of responses for parents of an autistic child, from anger that a doctor could burden his happy boy with the label of a lifelong disability, to a desire to learn everything about the condition.

UK broadband limps in as 25th best in the world

Britain's internet speeds lag behind other countries including Taiwan and Latvia

Rivals view Yahoo!'s Arabian adventure

As other global internet companies eye the Middle East cautiously, the US giant has seized the day, Douglas MacMillan reports

Obama's tax plans put the boot into tech giants

President Barack Obama's plan to impose US taxes on corporate America's overseas profits threatens to open a big crater in the financial statements of technology companies.

IBM deal steps up attack on Cisco

Brocade Communications Systems is deepening its ties with a powerful ally, IBM, forging a new distribution deal for internet routers and switches at a time when bigger rival Cisco Systems is straining some of its old relationships.

Conficker virus cashes in with spam assault

The giant Conficker computer worm, once feared as an out-of-control internet doomsday machine, seems to have settled - for now - on trying to make money in very predictable ways.

IBM could shake up Silicon Valley with Sun deal

If IBM scoops up Sun Microsystems for at least $6.5 billion in cash, as the companies are discussing, IBM would be making an opportunistic grab for a deep well of technology that Sun has nearly buried itself developing.

Sun and IBM in talks over $6.5bn merger

Shares in Sun Microsystems, the pioneering IT company, surged on news that rival IBM has suggested a takeover at twice the previous price.

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