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

Littlewoods puts Net in small shops

LITTLEWOODS, THE high street retailer, is linking up with the convenience store group T&S Stores to bring Internet retailing to the corner shop.

E-Bill `to cost pounds 500,000'

THE GOVERNMENT forecast yesterday that the cost to industry of complying with the new e-commerce Bill is only likely to reach pounds 500,000 in the first year.

The Queen's Speech: Consumers' interests to come first under new utilities rules

INDUSTRY; e-commerce, post office and bankruptcy bills

The business world: Three factors that lead to successful e-commerce

WHAT HAPPENS when e-commerce becomes a mature way of business? Electronic commerce is moving so swiftly it is hard to imagine the Internet will become just another middle-aged technology like the telephone and the computer, the two older technologies that made it possible.

Plastic makes the Switch to cyberspace

Debit cards are set to become even more popular, says Faith Glasgow

M&S launches on-line shopping

MARKS & SPENCER, the high street retailer, will today launch its first foray into on-line shopping. Customers will be able to select from an initial range of about 200 items and pay for them on-line. Deliveries, which will be free this month, will be made to UK addresses within three days of orders being placed, the company said.

Let's put nannies on the Net, urges Blair

THE DEPARTMENT for Education and Employment should establish an online marketplace for self-employed people such as babysitters, gardeners and hairdressers to find customers over the Internet, a government report on e-commerce will recommend today.

Mulberry online

MULBERRY, the struggling luxury goods group, is planning to launch an e-commerce strategy in the new year, believing it offers a "very exciting sales opportunity".

MPs call for Internet equality

THE GOVERNMENT came under cross-party criticism yesterday for its failure to take concrete steps to improve access to e-commerce and the Internet for all parts of society.

Small firms supported in the drive for e-commerce

BY 2002 the Government wants to see 1 million small businesses using and benefiting from e-commerce. With 40,000 small businesses in Sussex alone, Sussex Enterprise recently set up a subsidiary devoted to electronic commerce in the county. Called Wired Sussex, the organisation offers support and training to SMEs on the internet, intranet, e-mail and CD-Roms. It has kicked off by publishing a booklet called E-Commerce Know How.

pounds 15m for Zoom

ASSOCIATED Newspapers Limited, owner of the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard, has made a pounds 15m investment in Internet shopping website and service provider Zoom.co.uk. The deal makes Zoom a 50:50 joint venture between ANL and Arcadia, the retail group that launched Zoom.

Inside business: Firms look inwards instead of getting connected

IN THESE days of knowledge management and e-commerce, you might assume that huge numbers of companies must already be operating in an interconnected world, writes Roger Trapp.

The e-commerce buzz gets louder as firms ponder their on-line plot

We are in the early stages of experimentation; lots of firms will try lots of things - most of which will fail

The Investment Column: FI Group is small but agile

MANY SERVICE companies have benefited from the ongoing popularity of outsourcing and FI Group is no exception.

Freeserve float will test the net

Is it safe to buy shares in the web? asks Sarah Barnett
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