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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

Online snub to Civil Service

Click, then just wait. And wait

"RELAX, WE deliver," says the top line of a full-page advertisement for Lands' End's online clothing store emblazoned in American newspapers this weekend. Order by 22 December, it promises, and your order will be "under your tree by Christmas Day. Guaranteed. Period."

FKI strengthens e-commerce link with pounds 228m American acquisition

FKI, THE engineering company, yesterday bolstered its evolution from metal-bashing to supplying the emerging Internet economy with the acquisition of a US sorting equipment firm.

The Business World: Vital lessons for survival in the high street

THE MOST dramatic shift of fortune in the past few months has been the collapse in the value of conventional retailers such as Sainsbury and Marks & Spencer and the corresponding rise in value of any business associated with electronic commerce. That those two retailers were stricken giants has been evident for a while, but neither seemed in such a mess they would become a prime takeover target. Now they are.

Shoppers enjoy `cyber Christmas' as high street proves too expensive

HIGH PRICES, crowds and rude shop assistants are causing Christmas shoppers to turn away from the high street and on to the Internet, according to a survey released yesterday.

Leading article: Net loss

CONSULTANTS LIKE to pride themselves on having all the answers. They charge fabled sums in order to come up with unorthodox solutions - or, alternatively, to state the blindingly obvious. Suddenly, however, one of the biggest consultancies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, has itself been wrongfooted. About 200 of those who until now were pronouncing the fate of other employees have themselves been asked to leave. PwC says that it is hiring a slew of specialists in e-commerce to replace them.

Parliament: Trade: Tories attack `cumbersome' e-commerce rules

THE TORIES intensified their attack on the Government's failure to deliver on e-commerce yesterday, claiming its proposed legislation was "cumbersome and over-bureaucratic".
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