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.

Sport in brief: O'Sullivan sweeps aside Allen to set up Higgins meeting

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan set up an appetising semi-final against John Higgins and almost made a 147 break in his ruthless demolition of Mark Allen at the Welsh Open yesterday. O'Sullivan won 5-2 and finished the match in a hurry, reeling off four frames in quick succession.

Oracle claims firm stole its intellectual property

Oracle Corp has filed a suit against a little known rival that provides low-cost software maintenance services, in a case similar to one that Oracle is fighting against rival SAP AG.

Oracle ties up Sun Microsystems purchase

Oracle said that its $7.4 billion (£4.5 billion) purchase of Sun Microsystems has been completed.

America's Cup challenger Oracle on water

The giant trimaran of America's Cup challenger Oracle took to the water off Spain for the first time overnight as confusion continued to surround its planned duel with Swiss defender Alinghi next month.

America's Cup dispute continues

With three weeks to go until two of the more amazing racing yachts ever seen line up against each other for the America's Cup, the deadline passed last night for the Swiss defender, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi, to sign an agreement drawn up in Singapore to resolve the major disputes with the American challenger, Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle.

Alinghi's sails 'illegal' says Coutts

New Zealander Russell Coutts, the skipper of Oracle, claimed today that Swiss defender Alinghi is using "illegal" sails on its catamaran that is to face the US challenger in next month's America's Cup duel.

Opponents set for crucial talks over America's Cup

A cloak of silence has been drawn over the latest round of talks to try and resolve the disputes and disagreements surrounding the America's Cup, now just less than four weeks away.

Delphic/Mirrors, Garage, London

And, from the push they're getting, their record company agrees. Nauseatingly, for once The Man has got it right

Swiss propose meetings to resolve Bertarelli feud

In a bizarre twist to the possible resolution of the feud between America’s Cup holder, Switzerland’s Ernesto Bertarelli, and San Francisco-based challenger Larry Ellison – including a bizarrely timed announcement of the latest move – the Swiss have proposed, as though it was something new, a series of meetings to discuss their dispute.

The things they said in 2009...

This year, some of the world's leading bankers, business people, regulators and politicians left us with a collection of memorably idiosyncratic reactions to the financial challenges of the age. Sean O'Grady listens again to those who borrowed our ears, and dishes the new year honours and brickbats for the use and abuse of language

BMW Oracle questions Alinghi's validity

America’s Cup challenger BMW Oracle sent a Christmas card to Swiss defender Alinghi today. It was not in accordance of the season of goodwill.

America's Cup set for Valencia

The America’s Cup at last looked certain to be staged in Valencia next February after the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court yesterday unanimously threw out the latest attempt by the holder, Switzerland’s Ernesto Bertarelli and his club, the Societe Nautique de Geneve, to stage the defence in the United Arab Emirate of Ras al Khaimah. The challenging 90-foot trimaran of Larry Ellison’s BMR Oracle Racing is already on its way from the training base in San Diego. Bertarelli’s catamaran will have to be shipped through the Suez Canal, starting in about a week’s time.

The best by Miles: Kington's satirical classics

When Miles Kington died last year, The Independent lost its resident comic genius. A new anthology showcases the work of Britain's best-loved satirist

Alinghi must meet measurement rules

Extra pressure poured on the Swiss holder of the America's Cup, Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi, following the latest ruling from New York judge, Shirley Kornreich.

Microsoft takes its fight to the cloud

Microsoft leads its industry in part because a vast army of outside computer programmers design software that only runs on its Windows operating system.

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