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Anecdotal evidence has always suggested that word of mouth is the most effective means of marketing. After all, it stands to reason that a positive remark by somebody without a vested interest in a business should be more valuable than thousands of pounds' worth of advertising.

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Compaq promotes Capellas

Doing the right thing

Not so many years ago, social and ethical auditing were notions associated with organisations seen as idealistic. As long as such matters were confined to mavericks like the Body Shop and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, there was not much danger of their becoming part of the mainstream.

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.

E-mail; Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac inspect the tiny tools of global communication. Photographs by Phil Ward

One of the features of our (post)modern age is the abundance of information. So much information is released, stored and shared that people are spending more of their time just sorting what is relevant. Recently a US general claimed that national security was threatened not by terrorists or spies, but by the military releasing too much information. Ovation Communications (0800 376 8603; www.vivao.com) has introduced Vivao, a service which looks after all your messages in one universal mailbox. E-mail can be accessed, deleted or even read back to you over a phone. There are now more products than ever which manage information - capturing it, storing it and letting you share it with the rest of the world

Low-cost PC sales battle halves profits at Compaq

COMPAQ, the troubled US personal computer giant, yesterday revealed the full damage done to its business by the ruthless PC price war when it reported earnings at half the level expected by Wall Street.

Compaq drops a bomb on IT sector

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People and Business: Mirroring Virgin

MIRROR GROUP has poached Virgin Net's chief executive officer, David Clarke, to set up its own Internet division.

Who's ready for the revolution?

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Network: Gordon proves a real IT boy

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Hewlett Packard goes for radical remake

HEWLETT-PACKARD, one of the biggest names of California's Silicon Valley, announced yesterday that it intends remaking itself. The company, which has recently lagged behind rivals in share performance and profits, announced a radical plan to split itself into two new entities.

Shopping: I Want to Own ... a Laptop Computer

IF YOU daydream of typing the next Bonfire of the Vanities while travelling to work on a carriage crammed with commuters, then this column is dedicated to you. There is, though, one thing you need to know about buying a laptop: before you take it out of the box it will be redundant. Computer manufacturers bring out newer, speedier, slimmer models faster than Zoe Ball can slam Tequilas. So be warned: everything you are about to read will be out of date before you get your car keys into the ignition, let alone make it to PC World.

Compaq may offer free PCs

COMPAQ, THE world's largest computer-maker, has hinted it might offer free PCs to consumers in a move that could turn the industry on its head.

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