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 takes on IBM and HP with 'blade server' plans

Cisco Systems wants a bigger chunk of the corporate computing market, and plans to start selling servers in competition with old partners like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Is it safe to be out in the Square Mile?

Ashley Steel, the City's one openly lesbian board member, talks to Simon Evans about overcoming entrenched views

How Nortel turned on its head and into the abyss

As the telecoms giant seeks bankruptcy protection, Matt Vella charts how it tried, and failed, to innovate its way out of trouble

2012 Olympics backer Nortel files for bankruptcy protection

North America's largest telecoms group acts to stop company being broken up

Spammers get personal with 'spear phishing' attacks

The latest emails for Viagra or baldness cream just might be directed to you personally, claims a new study. So, too, are many of the other crafty come-ons clogging inboxes, trying to lure us to fake websites so criminals can steal our personal information.

Sarin in the frame for top job at Yahoo

Arun Sarin, the former chief executive of Vodafone, has emerged as a candidate to run Yahoo. The US-based internet company is searching for a successor to Jerry Yang, the founder who returned to the chief executive suite at Yahoo only to botch takeover talks with Microsoft and preside over a collapse in the share price.

US Customs may be forced to leave electronic devices alone

Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems, travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the US. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage.

Market Report: Hammerson hammered by bearish broker

The property group Hammerson fell 74.5p, or 9.4 per cent, to 715p last night after Morgan Stanley, worried about the paucity of credit for investing in new property and what it anticipates will be an "extremely difficult recession", warned investors to expect a further 42 per cent fall in the sector's biggest players.

'Piracy could kill the golden goose if digital rights vanish’

Great content is being stolen, says Ashley MacKenzie, who examines the pitfalls of the rapidly increasing digital revolution and its impact on the entertainment industry. Will TV and film be its next victims?

Race for the presidency: The colour of money

As the downturn continues in the US, the race for the White House will be won by the candidate who does the best job of convincing voters that he has the right answers to their economic woes. No wonder both John McCain and Barack Obama are desperate to win the endorsements of the nation's leading business figures

Degrees with maximum employability

Degrees now offer much more than an academic element.

No Pain, No Gain: A good chance to extract a profit from oil and gas

Nighthawk Energy, the No Pain, No Gain portfolio's only explorer, has helped to keep the home fires burning since it was recruited last summer. At a time when many micro-caps have suffered savage punishment, its shares have moved ahead, standing near 50p against a 44p-buying price.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester United 4: United's divine demolition of Spurs marred by Ronaldo's act of devilry

A savage demolition of Tottenham and their six-point lead over Chelsea emphatically restored but, when Cristiano Ronaldo is involved, life is never that simple for Manchester United. He is the man leading the renaissance of Sir Alex Ferguson's team and yet with his brilliance comes the controversy, too.

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Todd Field's second feature is a grievous disappointment after the impact of his first, In The Bedroom. Set once again amid the suffocating comforts of suburbia, it concerns a handful of characters each speeding towards a crisis. At its centre is Sarah (Kate Winslet), a young mother who's turned away from her porn-addict husband and fallen into the arms of Brad (Patrick Wilson), a one-time sports hero and cynosure of the desperate housewives who gather at the local playground.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London