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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.

Go forth and mulitplay

Every year, around 5,500 gamers bring their home PCs to a sports hall in Norway. Some come to play, others just for the festival atmosphere. Simmy Richman finds out what turns them on at the world's largest computer party

Meet Mr Average: worth £82,400 and a hostage to house prices

New report reveals that the rising fortunes of Britons aren't built on solid foundations. Jason Nissé reports

Eight bidders vie for BBC Technology

Reverting to type?

Danny Bradbury asks if pen and screen will ever replace the keyboard

Now you're talking ...

IBM's voice recognition software put to the test

IBM in 10-year Cyber Centre pact

Network: Talking Java over too much coffee

James Gosling developed the `write once, run anywhere' programming language that has transformed computing. He talks to Steve Homer

Computer to do a billion calculations a second

IBM IS seeking to unlock the secrets of the human body with a supercomputer 1,000 times more powerful than the chess-playing Deep Blue.

Andy Kitchener, My Biggest Mistake: We wasted time trying to raise cash from the non-believers

Andy Kitchener, 39, left school with A Levels, and after several IT jobs joined Visionware as international sales director. He moved to Planet Online, but a year later, in 1998, founded Shopcreator, which enables enterprises to set up shop on the Internet at low cost. His company is worth pounds 35m

Letter: Nemesis for Gates

Sir: Judgment or no judgment, Microsoft has already lost ("Judge deals blow to Gates by ruling Microsoft a monopoly", 6 November). In five years the PC will be dead and we will look back with amusement at this moment.
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

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The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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