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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).

Market Report: Techs take a battering after bad news from US

London-listed tech stocks were knocked by a double whammy of bad news from across the Atlantic yesterday. US tech giants Cisco and National Semiconductor disappointed Wall Street with their latest figures and accompanying outlook statements, and their UK peersresponded quickly by dropping into negative territory. ARM Holdings fell 4.25p to 94p, Marconi retreated 14.5p to 553.5p, Dimension Data lost 0.5p to 27p and Wolfson Microelectronics gave up 8.25p to 196.75p.

Spirent turnaround provides welcome boost for telecoms sector

The recovery in the telecoms sector was in evidence yesterday as Spirent, an equipment tester, returned to profitability and forecast solid sales growth.

The 'evangelist' is back from his internet hell

John Chambers' company approaches its 20th birthday in bullish mood after its own dot-com disaster. Clayton Hirst asks if the confidence is justified

Put a Barr on buying drug maker Galen

Time to dispose of Rotork; Shadow hanging over Spirent

Worth splashing out on newly promoted Kelda

Laird Group a buy, but not yet; Maintain a stake in high-yielding SIG

Companies race against time

President Bush's Wednesday deadline was supposed to clean up corporate America, but it's the Europeans who have been thrown into panic, writes Leo Lewis

Nasdaq ends 25% below peak

Cisco poised to cut UK investment

Software giant says the Government's share regulations are stifling its ambitions

Cisco battles over name

CISCO, the trade body that describes itself as the voice of the smaller quoted company, is engaged in a David and Goliath battle with one of the largest companies in the world, Cisco Systems.

Market Report: Rumours of a counterbid spark rise in UNM shares

UNITED NEWS & Media provided a depressed stock market with the the bull story of the day.

LaunchPad helps blast start-ups into cyberspace

Management consultancies and technology firms are ever ready to spot market trends. So it is hardly surprising that one of the effects of the rush to start up internet-related businesses is a boom in incubators - facilities to help entrepreneurs with funding, technology or general advice in return for a stake.
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