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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 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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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London