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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee