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New software will focus on three main areas: better multitasking, access to apps and quicker set-up for first-time smart TV users

Stephen Foley: Now Hewlett-Packard has decided it will not divest, it must decide that it will invest

US Outlook: The "data-driven evaluation" to which Hewlett-Packard has belatedly subjected the proposed spin-off of its personal computer business, probably did not need to go further than measuring the share-price decline on the day it was announced. It was 20 per cent.

Snooker: O'Sullivan apologises for 'rape' remark

Ronnie O'Sullivan has apologised for claiming he felt "raped" playing in the lower-profile Players Tour Championship (PTC) series.

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Deborah Ross: Email replies to suit all occasions

I get so many emails to my inbox these days I have decided on a one-size-fits-all reply, as follows:

Deborah Ross: Email replies to suit all occasions

If you ask me...

Rhodri Marsden: The lesson is: be careful if you take on Apple

Illustrating basic laws of economics doesn't have to be dull; all you need to spice things up is a bit of corporate blundering. Hewlett Packard had made extravagant predictions of the demand for its tablet computer, but the TouchPad was greeted with barely perceptible shrugs of indifference.

$300 to make, on sale for $99: why is HP in the tablet business?

It was the product which wasn't meant to be. Designed to rival Apple's phenomenally successful iPad, Hewlett Packard's TouchPad was launched exactly two months ago, and met with the sort of reception of which retail nightmares are made.

Business Diary: Insurers drop a hint on tax

Breaking news from the Association of British Insurers, boasting of the industry's "crucial" rising tax contribution to the economy. Apparently the industry has ponied up £10.4bn as the country recovers from the recession – enough, says the ABI, to cover the entire £10.2bn budget of the Home Office. It's an interesting example to single out, given what is likely to be a fraught debate over how much of the bill for the riots should be covered by insurers and how much should fall on government compensation schemes.

Micro Focus takeover talks end with no deal

Micro Focus International has called off takeover talks after bids for the business fell short of expectations, the IT firm said as it announced its plans yesterday to resume a share buyback programme.

Autonomy takeover brings cheers and tears to 'Silicon Fen'

When news hit Cambridge that Autonomy had surrendered to a £7.1bn takeover by US giant Hewlett-Packard, there were both cheers and tears in the "Silicon Fen".

Market Report: Bargain-hunters eyeing Misys send shares higher

Bargain hunters zeroed in on Misys last night, with the financial software group's shares rallying after analysts flagged up the thin valuation.

Experts mourn the passing of the 'best of British software' with proposed deal

The proposed takeover of the UK's largest software company yesterday had experts bemoaning the demise of the "last of the great independents".

Autonomy shares soar as £7bn HP offer hints at bidding war

Shares in Autonomy soared by more than 70 per cent yesterday after the surprise news that it had accepted a £7bn takeover offer from Hewlett-Packard. Analysts believe that, despite the "very generous offer", a bidding war could break out.

Stephen Foley: Bernanke must rise above the jibes from Perry's Texas hold'em economics

Rick Perry’s comments about Ben Bernanke have been viewed as a gaffe and an unwise reminder of the rhetorical style of George W Bush

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape