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Dell ships Project Ophelia: a HDMI plug-in that streams computers from the cloud

The device is being released to beta testers and will be capable of running virtual computers via the cloud

Dell founder ups his offer to take over PC maker

Michael Dell bowed to shareholder pressure yesterday in his battle to take the computer maker he founded private, but warned that his raised offer for Dell was the "best and final proposal".

Dell buyout vote delayed as more supporters are sought

Dell has announced an eleventh-hour delay to a shareholder vote on its founder Michael Dell’s $24.4bn (£16bn) offer to buy the computing giant.

Nikhil Kumar: America is getting back to work, but there aren’t jobs out at the margins

Global Outlook: Washington’s policies are playing havoc with the well-being of those trying to find work

Mr Snowden, who leaked details of US internet surveillance to a British newspaper, posted the messages under a pseudonym during the eight years that he worked for the CIA and the NSA.

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This is pretty much a faultless novel in its characterisation, plotting, and narrative tension.

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