Independent Plus People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Stephen Foley: HP and Dell have lost their minds in this irrational bidding war

US Outlook: It is with some hesitation that I write about the battle for control of 3Par, a little California data storage company that is suddenly the hottest property in the tech industry. If Hewlett-Packard and Dell keep up the pace in their crazy bidding war, there could have been half a dozen more offers and counter-offers by the time you read this.

Dell raises bid for 3Par in takeover battle with HP

Dell has put the ball back in Hewlett-Packard's court in the computer manufacturing rivals' battle for control of 3Par, a California data storage company.

HP gatecrashes Dell deal with 3Par

Hewlett-Packard and Dell, the two largest computer manufacturers in the US, are duking it out for control of a California-based data storage firm as the move towards cloud computing accelerates consolidation in the industry.

HP launches $1.6 billion bid for 3PAR

Hewlett-Packard Co offered $1.6 billion (£1.03 billion) for 3PAR Inc today, topping technology rival Dell's deal to buy the data storage company and potentially sparking a bidding war.

Michael Dell agrees to pay £2.6m to settle SEC charges

Michael Dell, the founder of the computer manufacturer that bears his surname, is personally paying $4m (£2.6m) to settle charges that he misled investors by hiding the real source of Dell's profits over several years in the last decade.

Berlusconi braced for verdict over ally's 'Mafia links'

Italian PM's reputation set to suffer if his right-hand man is jailed for alleged connection to gangsters

Stephen Foley: Late off the starting grid, Dell is hoping for an Apple-style tech miracle

US Outlook: It is hard not to sympathise a little with Michael Dell, the founder and chief executive of the global computer giant that bears his name.

More than just location, location, location: How good neighbours, simple design and en-suite bathrooms can help you sell your home

Summer is here, the much derided home information packs are gone, house prices are slowly returning to their 2007 peak and you have decided to put your home on the market. This time, however, it is different – you have recession wary and double-dip conscious buyers to contend with. They will interrogate and evaluate, sniff around inside and even dig around elsewhere. But get the essentials right and invest only in improvements that will add value, and a faster sale, better price, and reduced chance of deals falling through could be your reward.

Osteria Dell'Angolo, 47 Marsham Street, London, SW1

Is a Conservative victory all that's needed to reverse the fortunes of Westminster's Osteria Dell'Angolo?

Man in hospital after Hertfordshire shooting

A man was in hospital with "life-changing" injuries today after he was shot by three men in a house.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Amid all the jitters, Twitter is the winner

Will anyone in advertising be sorry to see the back of 2009? No one at the sharp end of commercial media. If your business relied on advertising for its revenues this year, you've almost certainly been screwed.

David Prosser: New hope for Twitter

Outlook There has been widespread scepticism about the ability of social networking sites such as Twitter to turn a profit, despite their own claims and the mega valuations investors have put upon them. But a little-noticed update from the computer giant Dell may just confound the doubters.

Berlusconi 'cut deal with Mafia', court told

Former hitman claims Italian PM gave 'benefits' to the Mob for political support

Is this the end for the deli?

New York's historic Jewish cafés are under threat from gentrification – and the health food movement.
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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Bread from heaven

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

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