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UK sales for 2013 surge to $5.6bn, bringing its corporation tax arrangements back into the spotlight

The giant of search engines has seen off its commercial rivals

$20bn wiped from Google's shares after results blunder

News of slump in profits shocks Wall Street after update is sent by mistake

Judge halts sales of Samsung Galaxy Tab in US at Apple's request

A US judge on Tuesday backed Apple Inc's request to stop Samsung Electronics selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the United States, giving the iPhone maker a significant win in the global smartphone and tablet patent wars.

Stephen Foley: Fine on the Surface but Ballmer has to tell us why that's entertainment

US Outlook: Memo to Steve Ballmer: it's not the device, it's the ecosystem.

Apple on route to challenge Google with map app

Apple is plotting to dump Google as the default maps application on its wildly popular iPhones and iPads with the launch of its own maps service.

Samsung rings up record profits

Samsung's sales of mobile phones have overtaken ailing Nokia, the one-time dominant player in the market.

Apple wins patent dispute against Motorola

Apple has won a patent dispute against Motorola over the "slide-to-unlock" feature on its iPhone.

Market Report: Arm shares dip as Intel enters smartphone battle

The battle between Arm Holdings and Intel looks like it is heating up. Normally used to taking market share from its rivals, Arm was left deep in the red last night by the news that Intel is about to give the chipmaker a taste of its own medicine and take it on in the burgeoning smartphone market.

Margareta Pagano: Dyson and Portas are not the answer to our problems

Famous talking heads can't fix the economy, we need serious policies

Market Report: US takeover chatter helps Kingfisher soar

Kingfisher flew up the blue-chip index last night after vague rumours suggested that two of its fellow DIY retailers from across the Atlantic could both make a move for the B&Q owner.

Patent problems threaten to stifle tech start-ups

One start-up founder said patents were a 'big consideration' for the industry, adding they could be 'very damaging if you stray into an incumbent's turf'

Google takes on Apple with Motorola deal

Net giant and Android owner becomes mobile phone maker after $12.5bn buy

David Prosser: There are 17,000 reasons for Google to buy Motorola

Outlook: Buying Motorola ramps up the pressure on Microsoft to buy its own handset maker – probably Nokia, or maybe even Research in Motion

Google buys Motorola in £7.7bn deal

Google stepped up its assault on the smartphone and tablet computer market today with the £7.7 billion acquisition of handset maker Motorola.

Scott Durchslag: A traveller going places in new role at Expedia

The Business Interview: Company president aims to expand the online travel firm's Asia operation and is drawing on his techie past
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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