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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

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."

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells