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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.

Transatlantic row over Oracle's Sun takeover

Monopoly watchdogs on either side of the Atlantic are at loggerheads over Oracle's planned $7.8bn (£4.7bn) takeover of rival Sun Microsystems after Europe branded US criticism as "unusual".

Brief encounters of a business kind

Small companies and start-ups have taken to 'speed-dating' to attract funds or business partners, reports Mathieu Robbins

America's Cup could be held in Queensland

America's Cup holder Alinghi is offering to race rival BMW Oracle Racing off Australia next February.

Alinghi want America's Cup venue reinstated

A fast track appeal to reverse the veto of Ras al Khaimah as the venue for the next America's Cup has been lodged by the Swiss holder of what is supposed to be one of sailing's pinnacle prizes.

Axe swings at Sun Micro as Oracle deal looms

Sun Microsystems plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs as it awaits a takeover by Oracle, a deal that is being held up by antitrust regulators in Europe.

BMW Oracle contest America's Cup venue

The America's cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing will ask a New York court to reject Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd renewal of the cup and replace it with Valencia, Spain. They will cite "grave safety concerns" for their US-based crew because of the proximity to Iran.

Sun Microsystems losing £100m a month, says Oracle's Ellison

Larry Ellison, chief executive of the software giant Oracle, has fulminated against European regulators, saying Sun Microsystems was losing $100m (£61m) a month while its takeover by Oracle remains unapproved.

Micro Focus boss quits for "personal reasons"

Stephen Kelly, the chief executive of FTSE 250 software developer Micro Focus International, shocked the market today by stepping down, citing personal reasons.

Business Diary: 05/09/09

Is Peston being primed for BBC pay cut?

Diary is thoroughly bored with Robert Peston, the BBC's ubiquitous business editor, but couldn't resist this vignette from the great man's blog arguing against attempts to cap bankers' pay: "Should there be a cap on the rewards of footballers or broadcasters (especially those who don't deliver, perhaps)?" What are you trying to tell us here, Bob?

Oracle faces EU competition inquiry into $7.4bn Sun deal

Shock as takeover faces months of delay thanks to anti-trust investigation

Ellison questions safety of America's Cup venue

Software tycoon and sailor Larry Ellison questioned the safety of the Persian Gulf port picked for the America's Cup showdown between his American-based crew and defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland.

The end of a real page-turner

It was the information superhighway of its day – but thanks to the internet, Teletext's days are numbered

Dunstone extends successful run as Jardine closes in on Captain's Cup

With six wins out of seven class one starts, Charles Dunstone has had one of the most successful runs ever in his 52-foot Rio in Cowes Week. Yesterday he added the Rocking Chair Trophy to all his other silverware and the only man to beat him into second place was Peter Vroon of the Netherlands in Tonnere of Breskens.

Minor British Institutions: Teletext

A sort of vague precursor to the internet, the idea of sending text via a small, unused bit of the analogue television system's bandwidth dates back to 1972, when BBC and ITV engineers started experimenting with the idea.

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