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The search giant could switch from the currently favoured x86 processors designed by Intel to their customized system based on ARM designs

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Bottom Line: Electron fired up

THE DECISION by Electron House, a distributor of electronic components, to move out of high- volume/low-margin activities is clearly paying off - if yesterday's news of an underlying 89 per cent improvement in interim pre-tax profits to pounds 1.6m is anything to go by.

Bottom Line: Conversion for JM

THANK goodness for diversity. With the European car industry stalling, Johnson Matthey, one of the world's top three makers of catalytic converters, was rescued in the first half by the booming demand for American semi-conductors.

Independent/Sharp School Team Quiz: Electronic equipment to be won

HERE is the second set of questions which offer you and your school the chance to prove that you have the knowledge and invention to grapple with fiendishly tricky questions and win an array of Sharp electronic equipment.

Semi-conductors strength boosts Diploma: Profits increase by 53% after electronics recovery triggers surge in demand

CONTINUING strong demand for semi-conductors helped Diploma, the electronics, building products and special steels group, to increase pre-tax profits by 53 per cent in the year to September.

Philips' income slips in first quarter: No sign of improvement in Europe, says electronics giant in throes of rationalisation

CONTINUING recession in many of its main markets has caused a sharp fall in Philips' net income to 103m guilders ( pounds 37.1m) in the first quarter from 163m guilders a year ago.

Intel rival to sell 'clone' 486 chips: Market leader faces competition from its own design after court verdict

INTEL, the Silicon Valley firm that dominates the market for semiconductors in personal computers, is suddenly facing competition for its 486 computer chips.

Faith moves Everest to lift interim on poor half

EVEREST FOODS demonstrated confidence in future profits yesterday by lifting the interim dividend in the face of falling sales and a collapse in earnings, writes Patrick Hosking.

Acorn shares jump on confirmation of talks

SHARES in Acorn, the computer maker, jumped 19p to 146p yesterday as Sam Wauchope, the managing director, confirmed talks with large Japanese electronics companies. Yesterday's rise means that Acorn's shares have doubled in value since last Thursday.

Science Update: Big bytes

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS and Hitachi are to work together on developing the next generation of memory chips for computers.

Johnson Matthey to buy titanium supplier Alta

JOHNSON MATTHEY, the precious metals company, has agreed to buy Alta Group of the United Staes, the world's leading supplier of high-purity titanium. The price was not announced, but is believed to be about pounds 10m, writes David Bowen.

Chip pressure

THE US administration should keep pressing Japan to buy more US computer chips, according to a study by the government's National Research Council. 'As long as US firms encounter impediments, appropriate pressure should be continued,' the council's committee on Japan said in the 118- page study.
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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
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London