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Capita has won a five-year, £145 million deal to run the congestion charge, which it helped set up in London 11 years ago.

Market Report: Santa Rally shows no signs of slowing

The Santa Rally shows no signs of slowing, with the top-flight index closing on its sixth day of gains, its best run since October.

Chinese supercomputer retains 'world's fastest' title, beating US and Japanese competition

Biannual ranking of world's most powerful machines sees China take the top spot, though the US dominates in terms of sheer numbers

William Lowe: Computer engineer whose work at IBM extended the reach of computers from big corporations to homes and small businesses

Bill Lowe was the mastermind behind IBM's first personal computer, the IBM 5150, the first to be successfully mass produced and mass marketed. It expanded the company's reach into small businesses, and more importantly into people's homes.

Market Report: Arm shares hit by Google's choice

The latest battle in the microchip wars began yesterday when Google waded in and punters decided Arm Holdings could be on the losing side this time. The lucrative microchip market for smartphone and tablet devices has been opening up to new competition and yesterday search giant Google and chip maker Nvidia were among a handful of tech specialists that signed up to join computer group IBM's OpenPower consortium.

Next-gen USB standard will boost data transfers to 10GB/second

USB 3.1 will be backwards compatible with both USB 2.0 and 3.0

IBM extends cloud services with SoftLayer acquisition

No price disclosed, but SoftLayer's business estimated at $2bn

Ex-boss of IBM to review Bloomberg

Bloomberg has drafted in the help of a former head of IBM to undertake an internal review following damaging revelations that journalists with its news agency accessed private information about how users of its financial terminals used the commercial service.

Dell profits drop 79% as takeover battle rages on

Figures reflect consumers' preference to tablets and smartphones over traditional PCs

The industry, centred around London’s Silicon Roundabout, is rocked by the row over the firm founded by Mike Lynch

The rise of the graduate entrepreneur

Britain's booming tech industry is gasping for new talent and fresh ideas. Duncan Hopwood examines the options open to bright graduates

Global PC sales dive in move towards tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said last night. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent in the first three months this year, it said, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994.

Steampunks Megan Waller, aged nine, and her father Heath Waller during Whitby Goth Weekend

Steampunk! Introducing Britain's latest fashion craze

The retro-futuristic blend of Victoriana and sci-fi is the next big thing to hit the high streets, forecasters say

'British boy' among victims of Sandy Hook school massacre

US president Barack Obama is due to attend a memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre today, as it was reported that one of the 20 child victims was a British schoolboy.

The industry, centred around London’s Silicon Roundabout, is rocked by the row over the firm founded by Mike Lynch

The Autonomy saga: Clouds over Britain's tech stars

Fraud claims at success story Autonomy raise questions over the sector

A boring conference, and proud of it

Under most circumstances the promise of a talk about yellow lines, followed by another on pylons and capped by a speech exposing the intricacies of self-service checkouts, would have little allure. But present them at a conference that revels in the boring or, more accurately, celebrates the prosaic and mundane, and there's a good chance the speakers will be faced by a sell-out crowd.

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