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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).

Hi-tech firm BATM raises pounds 122m with swift share placing

BATM Advanced Communications, an Israeli-based maker of next- generation network switching gear, said yesterday that it had pulled off a swift share placement to raise a net pounds 122m to underpin expansion.

Network: Money for nothing

Giving away products free on the Internet may not sound like good business, but Red Hat's Bob Young has turned a profit by making Linux a must-have

Cisco pays unprecedented $7bn for hi-tech US firm

CISCO SYSTEMS, the global leader in supplying router equipment for managing Internet traffic, may have come close to breaking the bank in agreeing overnight on Tuesday to pay $6.9bn in stock for Cerent, a California-based telecoms networking start-up.

Shares soar in Freeserve stampede

THOUSANDS OF British Internet users saw the value of their shares rocket by 43 per cent yesterday afternoon within minutes of the start of trading in shares in Freeserve, the Internet service provider.

Focus: Billion dollar brains behind the Net

JOE SCHOENDORF has every reason to be happy. His Silicon Valley venture capital company, Accel Partners, floated four Internet-related companies on the public market in May - generally regarded as a slowdown month in the great Internet stock bonanza - and all are capitalised at between $1bn and $3bn.

Blair is still peddling social elitism

There is a lie at the heart of New Labour's plans to modernise the economy that could undermine its policies and cause the same kind of rot from within that turned Thatcherism into a hollow stalk of itself. The lie is that the Government is moving to make to the most of the nation's human capital.

GEC mounts net offensive

By swooping on a US technology firm, the one-time defence giant could become a force on the internet. Peter Koenig reports

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Hi-tech dreams begin to fade

British firms are still trailing the American giants despite hopes that Labour would kick-start the sector. Peter Koenig reports

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Scotland chosen

CISCO SYSTEMS has selected Scotland for its first research and manufacturing facilities outside North America. The giant US Internet group is investing more than pounds 10m in a move that will create at least 160 hi-tech jobs.

C&W in a game of catch-up

With the Vodafone deal done and dusted, Cable & Wireless could be the next hot tip in telecommunications, writes Peter Koenig

Golf: New look as tour rakes in big money

EVER SINCE just eight professionals gathered at Prestwick in October 1860, the concept of the best players in the game playing against each other to decide a worthy champion has been a familiar one in golf. But so has tradition, and though the 128th staging of the Open Championship, which returns to Carnoustie for the first time in 24 years, will remain the centrepiece of the 1999 season, change is in the air.

Investment: Digital TV shifts Pace into the red

PACE MICRO TECHNOLOGY, the supplier of television decoders, yesterday appeared to draw a line under its troubled past when it returned to profit and painted a rosy picture of its prospects in the digital television age.
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