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Confidential information from top firms illegally accessed

Internet Investor: BT enters the fight to make you free

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Siemens to develop Net phone

SIEMENS, THE German electronics giant, is close to a deal with a major software group that would allow it to join the race to supply mobile phones capable of Internet access.

Siemens latewith asylum system

THOUSANDS of asylum-seekers face increasing delays in the processing of their applications because of a failure by Siemens to develop a pounds 77m casework computer system on time.

Politics: Mandelson jobs promise `false'

THE UNEMPLOYED are being misled by Peter Mandelson with the promise of thousands of jobs that do not exist, the Opposition said yesterday.

Classical: Homage to the master of birdsong

OLIVIER MESSIAEN BIRTHDAY CONCERT CBSO CENTRE BIRMINGHAM

Shopping: I Want ... A Decent Cup Of Coffee - How to spill the beans

Coffee may not be the first thing that you think about at Christmas. I know it wasn't top of my list to Santa at the age of 13, when my Uncle Paul sent me three-quarter-pound bags of beans, inscribed with the words Kenya, Columbia and Brazil respectively.

... And why parents will boldly go to Tesco

PARENTS are likely to encounter plenty more of the "pester power" identified by McCann-Erickson after a deal between Siemens, the German electronics group, and Tesco, the supermarkets group that has just been named Britain's most admired company for the second time in three years.

Fast Forward: In the kitchen - Feast your eyes

Shiny metal or funky brights: cook up a storm with these dream gadgets. By Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac

Power to the people

If you thought the TV changer was an inspiration, the 'smart home' is really going to impress. Lisa Sykes on the remote control for your entire house

Rosy prospects for chip makers despite layoffs

News Analysis: Industry revenues are expected to grow by 11.5% this year

Siemens fails to find rescuer

SIEMENS will begin running down its pounds 1bn semi-conductor plant on Tyneside this week, with the loss of 1,100 jobs, after failing to find a rescuer for the factory.

Comment: The North can't have jobs at any price

IN THE recession-struck North-east of the early 1980s, it was a running joke that wherever Tony Benn paid a visit, there must have been another big closure. The man was like a wandering prophet of misfortune. The very sight of him waving his hands around in the main streets of Consett or Gateshead and calling for real socialism sent people home expecting a P45.

Tesco to sell Apple's iMac

Tesco to sell Apple's iMac

Foreign investors take the road out

JUST SEVEN weeks ago ministers were trumpeting the fact that a record number of inward investment projects had been lured into Britain in the Government's first year in office.

North-east fears further closures

DISTRAUGHT STAFF at Fujitsu's showpiece factory in County Durham yesterday became the latest victims of a wave of job losses hitting the North-east.
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