News Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard. The Met has been accused of failing the firearms officers who fatally wounded Mark Duggan following this week's verdict

The Metropolitan Police has been accused of failing the firearms officers who fatally wounded Mark Duggan by showing “indifferent” support for them in the wake of this week’s inquest verdict.

Valencia complain over America’s Cup venue selection

As America’s Cup teams in Dubai compete for attention with the final Formula 1 race in neighbouring Abu Dhabi at the start of the last Louis Vuitton Trophy in the current series, a long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America’s Cup.

Multihull back for 2016 Olympic Games

The much-criticised decision by the International Sailing Federation to cut the multihull class out of the Olympic Games in 2012 has been reversed for 2016 at the annual general meeting in Athens .

Untested protege slips into tank of oracle octopus Paul

Paul, Germany's late World Cup oracle octopus, was replaced by Paul II yesterday - although his owners are still unsure whether the new cephalopod has also been blessed with the gift of prophecy.

Oracle primed for clash of the technology titans

Silicon valley is bracing itself for fireworks as a long-running intellectual property and industrial espionage dispute between two of the most powerful names in technology finally reaches court.

Google denies Oracle's Android copyright complaint

Google has denied Oracle's complaint of copyright infringement in development of Android smartphone software and asked a U.S. court to dismiss Oracle's lawsuit, court documents showed.

Hewlett-Packard appoints new chairman

Hewlett-Packard, the US computer giant, stepped up its rivalry with software company Oracle last night, by appointing a long-time Oracle executive as its new chairman.

Liz Hoggard: Midlife crisis? Just hang on in

In your mid-forties, you walk into a room and think: this is the best I'm going to be

Intec agrees to £237m offer from CSG as speculation mounts over rival bids

Intec Telecom Systems, the UK company that provides billing services to clients including Orange and Vodafone, has agreed a takeover offer from CSG Systems worth £236.7m.

Racing cancelled in Audi MedCup

With all Audi MedCup racing cancelled in a drenched and miserable Cagliari the focus turned to the introduction of a new class to join the circuit next year, confirmation that Audi will back the event for three more years, and some dithering on the part of the America's Cup challengers.

Bill Gates still richest American, Forbes says

Things are on the up for US billionaires with more than half of them adding to their net worth in a year which once again saw Bill Gates as the richest of them all, Forbes magazine said yesterday.

America's Cup rejuvenation continues

The fanfares promising a spectacular future for the America's Cup have been followed by two key appointments, one Australian, one British, to run not only the Cup but all of its associated events.

Coutts to unveil future of America's Cup

The bumpy road that has been the America's Cup for the last three years is set to become more smooth in Valencia on Monday when Russell Coutts unveils plans to boost its future, including a new boat, a new format, the year in which it will be staged, and rules for the competitors.

HP sues Mark Hurd to stop him heading to Oracle

Hewlett-Packard is suing its ousted chief executive, Mark Hurd, to prevent him immediately taking up a senior position at rival computer giant Oracle.

Disgraced Hurd leaves News Corp

Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who was ousted in a sex and expenses scandal at the computer manufacturer, has also resigned from the board of Rupert Murdoch's media giant, News Corporation.

Screen Talk: On a Silver platter

It is accepted intelligence that the Hollywood studios no longer sign overhead deals with cigar-chomping fat-cat producers for the promise of the next blockbuster. The old days of movie chaps living it large on studio cash are long gone.

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