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Hewlett-Packard closes in on £6bn Autonomy deal

Hewlett-Packard is closing in on a $10bn (£6bn) deal to buy Britain's largest technology business Autonomy, with the US giant planning to spin off its troubled PC division once the takeover is finalised. Autonomy said it was in talks with HP shortly before the latter was due to report its third-quarter results last night.

Hewlett-Packard in £7.1bn software deal

A technology company set up in 1996 is to be taken over by Hewlett-Packard in a £7.1 billion deal that will net its founder more than £500 million.

Hewlett-Packard seals £6.2bn deal to buy Britain's Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has agreed to buy Autonomy, Britain's largest software company, for £6.2bn as part of a fundamental shift away from the personal computer manufacturing business for which it is most famous.

Jobs unveils 'the spaceship' that will oversee Apple's global domination

The "infinite Loop" – the street that's home to Apple's headquarters – clearly isn't infinite enough to cope with spiralling global demand for iPads, iPhones, iPods and elegant but slightly overpriced computers. Why else would Apple be planning to build a vast new Silicon Valley office complex that resembles a doughnut?

Jack Domme: HDS heads for the cloud in face of data flood

The Business Interview: The data explosion is causing headaches for companies that one chief executive can cure. Nick Clark meets him

Bain poised to bid for Micro Focus

Private equity group Bain Capital is targeting software group Micro Focus International and is preparing an offer that could be as much as £890m.

Bargain Hunter: Cracking Easter getaways

Lastminute.com's first major sale of the year has seen the cost of Easter breaks slashed. Top European destinations include Rome, where hotel rooms start at £35 a night, and Dublin where a night's stay is available from £44. Further afield, New York hotels can be booked for £49 a night, while an evening's accommodation in Dubai, below, is available for just £42. A conclusive list can be found at http://ind.pn/fmwRnz.

HP sues defector for stealing trade data

Hewlett-Packard has opened up a new front in its war with software giant Oracle, suing a former executive for stealing trade secrets before he moved to a new job at its rival.

Business Diary: Why Buffett isn't buying Apple

More wise advice from the sage of Omaha on the secret of investing successfully: stick to buying what you understand, even if that means missing out on bandwagons everyone else appears to be jumping upon. So, says Warren Buffett, while he remains a long-term fan of Coca-Cola, he won't be sticking any money into Apple. "Even though Apple may have the most wonderful future in the world, I'm not capable of bringing any drink to that particular party and evaluating that future," he confesses.

Stephen Foley: G7's intervention to halt the soaring yen was more than just an act of charity

The co-ordinated response to the surge in the yen was needed to curb speculation and correct perversity in the world’s foreign exchange markets

Hewlett-Packard stakes its future on the 'cloud'

Leo Apotheker, the German software executive parachuted in to run Hewlett-Packard (HP) after the traumatic ousting of Mark Hurd last year, has adopted "cloud computing" as a unifying theme for the troubled IT giant.

Why Glee's new hit is lining the pockets of Gary Glitter

Disgraced star owns rights to song popularised by Gwyneth Paltrow

Market Report: Cross-Channel news makes waves for WPP

There was a definite Gallic influence on the blue-chip index last night, as news from two Paris-based companies prompted moves in both directions.

Business Diary: Office knees-ups cost half-a-billion

Phew, we were starting to worry. Without certain hardy perennials – a Daily Mail story about repeats on the telly, for example – it just isn't Christmas. And with less than two weeks to go, we hadn't seen the "cost of the Christmas party" classic. Fortunately, here's Travelodge with some dubious research about the economic cost of a knees-up. "This revelry will cost £620m," the budget hotel group reckons. "On average, workers will spend three hours and five minutes just staring into space due to a raging hangover."

The Business On... Leo Apotheker, Chief executive, Hewlett-Packard

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