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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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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada