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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.

Kasparov beaten as Deep Blue draws level

The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue levelled the scores in its match against Garry Kasparov by winning its second game against the world chess champion in 45 moves. Kasparov had won the opening battle of the six-game match on Saturday.

Kasparov puts clear blue water between man and machine

It is 6ft 5ins tall, weighs 1.4 tons and calculates 200 million chess moves every second, but Deeper Blue, the IBM computer still appears, on the evidence of Saturday's opening game of their match in New York, to be no match for Garry Kasparov.

The card that's also a ticket

That plastic card in your pocket is planning to be more than just your flexible friend. Soon it will be a travel agent, tour guide and air fare negotiator.

Letter: Why we are right to be worried by Dolly

Lewis Wolpert is as mistaken about the implications of cloning as IBM was about the impact of the electronic computer - they thought they might sell 50 world-wide ("What's all the fuss about?", Review, 23 March). The procedure he describes as "difficult, expensive and risky" will become easier, cheaper, safer and possibly quicker. His contemptuous reference to science fiction is very far from showing the degree of understanding one might expect. Science fiction has both inspired scientists and technologists (space rockets and the nuclear submarine, for example) and examined in advance the practical and ethical problems that new developments would bring. Writers and readers of science fiction have been considering cloning and the genetic modification of humanity since Brave New World and Last and First Men were written in the 1930s. Bokanovsky lives!

Letter: All insured

The insurance industry should be warned that genetic testing could create an underclass of uninsurables ("Letting the gene out of the bottle", Travel and money, 23 February). If the problem continues to develop, a recent study of ours predicts that it may be necessary for governments to step in to take care of them. Insurance companies could be cut out in the process.

Quite a buzz

Some day you will be able to exchange electronic information with someone simply by touching them. Ian Grayson looks at the development of the Personal Area Network

Bunhill: Adland of hope and glory

My search for memorable advertisements was exceptionally fruitful. They range from the famous - such as the Shell ad here reproduced - to the tantalisingly obscure.

Sweb puts pounds 35m computer on ice

Sweb, the regional electricity company, has postponed plans to build a controversial pounds 35m computer billing system, designed to cope with the introduction of domestic power competition, until 2000 and could even abandon them.

A soft solution for wetlands

IBM software is saving Uganda. By Roger Ridey

British Steel shifts computer jobs to IBM

British Steel is to move its computing workforce of 600 staff to news jobs with IBM in a 10-year deal worth pounds 350m, believed to the biggest computer outsourcing agreement so far in the UK. It is also the largest ever in Britain by the US computer giant.

Why does a top IBM man give up his job to work for free?

Army of volunteers crosses over from corporations to charities

Fifteen years on, it's chips with everything

The PC has come a long way since the first IBM was launched, says Alan Stewart

Tap into the future

Derek, David and Nigel of legendary megagroup Spinal Tap have thrown their lot in with the dark side and reformed (again). But this time they're more than just a band - they're a brand, in league with the big boys at IBM. Roll up! Buy your Tap fly-swatters and mouse-pads here.

MAID shares soar on news of IBM link

Shares in MAID soared 26p to 240p yesterday after the on-line business information provider signed an agreement with IBM to supply data through the computer giant's Internet service.

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