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Digital trading - a gem of an idea?

Imagine buying or selling anything you want via the Internet. It is a vision of the future which worries some.

Week In The Life Hussein Aideed: Enter the warlord from Silicon Valley

"HUSSEIN AIDEED is sleeping," whispers one of his retinue, with some reverence. It's a slow start to the day. By 8am, the only sound other than the distant noise of militia training is the sweep, sweep, sweep of an old woman cleaning the compound of the renovated villa in the shell- shattered former presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Outlook: Don't expect calamity on Wall Street

THERE COMES a point at which numbers lose their meaning. The Dow reaches 10,000 - so why not 11,000? This was certainly the reaction of one prominent Wall Street bear yesterday, Ed Yardeni of Deutsche Bank. To be scrupulously fair to Dr Ed, as he styles himself on his website, his bearishness concerns the future rather than the present, and the huge recession he reckons will result from the year 2000 computer problem. But, as even he admits: "There are more people considering leaving their jobs so they can trade stocks on their home computer than survivalists preparing for the Y2K calamity."

City and Business: The chief geek could be bad for business

he only surprise when you see Bill Gates in the flesh is his posture. Here's the richest man in the world - with personal assets of $40bn (pounds 25bn) - the man who is the information technology revolution. And yet he walks with his head shoved forward and slightly lowered, as if he's ducking.

Dateline: Bangalore, Silicon Valley of the sub-continent

DRIVE 10 miles out of Bangalore on the road to Madras and provided you survive the stampede of bicycles, scooters, belching trucks, motorised rickshaws and the not-so-occasional bullock that constantly ply this four- lane highway, then you will arrive at Electronic City.

Business Book Of The Week: Nuggets from the new frontier

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CITY AND BUSINESS: Wake from your American dream, Gordon

Not long after I moved from New York to London in 1983, Mrs Thatcher called a general election. The next Saturday morning I was shopping on my north London high street and heard a fuzzy PA system blaring Labour slogans. Down the street came a battered van plastered with party stickers. The van slowed to a halt and the panel door slid open. Out jumped half a dozen Labour campaigners clutching pamphlets and collection buckets.

Inside business: Technology trouble-shooter blazes ahead

BY ITS executives' own admission, International Network Services is one of the business world's best-kept secrets, writes Roger Trapp.

Time: Stand to attention, we're on century duty

The BBC has begun to celebrate the millennium with a series of films, documentaries and brief histories of time. About time; Horizon: Longitude BBC2 Shooting the Past BBC2 Century Road BBC2 What Makes Us Tick BBC2 How To Beat The Clock BBC2 Clockwatch BBC2

Next century these children will be among the richest, best-educated and most successful people in the world. What makes the Chinese run?

From being the poorest ethnic group in the 1950s, the Chinese now enjoy a higher living standard than any other group in Britain, including the whites. The figures speak for themselves: on average Chinese men earn pounds 368 per week, compared with pounds 331 for white men; only 9 per cent are unemployed, compared with 15 per cent of whites, and their participation rate in higher education is far higher than that of the white community.

Wednesday Book: Spirit of Plato alive in Silicon Valley

CITIES IN CIVILISATION: CULTURE, INNOVATION AND URBAN ORDER

The Hilary Clarke interview: I'd like to teach the world to surf

To John Chambers the internet is more than a money machine, it's a social and business 'equaliser'; Focus on Silicon Valley: as the chief of Cisco presides over staggering growth, Microsoft is feeling the heat

Inside Business: Blame it on the technos

ONE OF the more predictable facets of business life is the plethora of surveys, reports and speeches emanating from US companies on the theme that we Europeans are backward when it comes to information technology.

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ONE OF the received wisdoms about British business is that it lacks the entrepreneurial spirit of the United States. Or rather, that the UK has potential entrepreneurs aplenty but that they lack the encouragement needed to succeed.
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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

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Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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