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Our technology expert reflects on this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

Troubled Olympus set to cut 2,500 jobs and sell off a stake

Japan's scandal-hit cameras and equipment firm Olympus gave more evidence it is struggling yesterday as it signalled plans to axe 2500 staff and sell a stake to Sony or Panasonic.

Panasonic losses spiral to £3.4bn

Panasonic's January-March losses ballooned 10-fold to 438 billion yen (£3.4 billion), completing a year of record red ink at the Japanese electronics maker battered by natural disasters and an ailing TV business.

Samsung joins queue for Olympus link-up

South Korea's Samsung Electronics is open to an alliance with the Japanese camera maker Olympus, potentially joining other electronics firms in circling one of the biggest names in medical equipment.

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Panasonic set for ¥420bn loss

Panasonic shocked the market as it forecast full-year losses would hit ¥420bn (£3.3bn), the worst in a decade, with one executive dubbing it the "birth pangs" of changing strategy.

Snooker: O'Sullivan apologises for 'rape' remark

Ronnie O'Sullivan has apologised for claiming he felt "raped" playing in the lower-profile Players Tour Championship (PTC) series.

UK businesses prepare to cash in

Trade

Market Report: National Express looking attractive for a takeover

With a woeful August for the City finishing on a high yesterday, analysts were on the hunt for the next big takeover deal as a number of stocks on the mid-tier index had their bid potential talked up.

Peter Post: Cyclist who went on to apply 'total football' principles to team management

To claim that one person singlehandedly revolutionised or modernised an institution is a time-worn cliche in journalism, but in the case of Peter Post and cycling team management it happens to be true. Already a successful track cyclist and road-racer before retiring in 1972, Post was the first manager to transfer the concept of "total football", which he had seen working wonders for Ajax, his beloved local side in his home town of Amsterdam, to his own sport.

Ishikawa to donate nearly £2m to Japan earthquake relief fund

The talk of the range here yesterday, as the Shell Houston Open concerned the incredible generosity shown by Ryo Ishikawa. The 19-year-old has pledged to give all his winnings this season to the Japan earthquake relief fund.

Sean O'Grady: For now this is a natural disaster. If it becomes nuclear, the economic fallout will affect us all

Serious nuclear contamination might make the Japanese – already inclined to save rather than spend – more fearful

Out of the groove: Digital age silences DJ turntable of choice

Just weeks after Sony quietly pressed stop on the Walkman, its Japanese rival Panasonic has announced the end of another chapter of music history. It will no longer produce its Technics line of analogue turntables, including the pioneering 1200 series, originally a humble record player, that almost by accident sparked the birth of a musical and cultural movement.

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Panasonic's vision of the future is in 3D – and all shades of green

The Japanese giant wants to sell us its hi-tech stereoscopic TV screens, but its heart lies in its eco principles – and the humble battery
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