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Outlook: Clusters

PETER MANDELSON has discovered Clusters. This is not a socially- embarrassing medical condition, nor are they the latest offering from Cadbury's. The clusters that interest the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry are concentrations of companies that succeed because they are, well, clustered together in particular parts of the country.

Mandelson to review laws on bankruptcy

THE GOVERNMENT is to review Britain's bankruptcy laws as part of a drive to create a new "enterprise culture", Peter Mandelson, the Trade and Industry Secretary, announced yesterday.

Silicon Valley put to the test

Despite the job cuts, the hi-tech capital expects to beat the downturn, says Hilary Clarke

Spread of Silicon Valley transforms greenery into `suburban nightmare'

ONE OF THE staunchest barriers to housebuilding in the unspoilt countryside of southern England may come down as a result of a major planning enquiry starting tomorrow.

Network: Nerd's the word as geek becomes chic

A new Channel 4 series honours the heroes of the Internet.

Network: The future? You read about it here first

To be sure, the future is a really big deal here in Silicon Valley

Britain's new silicon valley

Oxford now rivals Cambridge for new technology

Reuters may float off Tibco

REUTERS is looking at floating off its Tibco Software subsidiary in a move designed to give employees of the Silicon Valley-based outfit access to share options, writes Peter Thal Larsen.

California votes for English-only schooling

CALIFORNIA has ditched a 30-year old experiment with bilingual education, making English the only language in a state that will soon have a Hispanic majority. The vote came as a welter of candidates were decided for this year's general election.

The UK's leading hi-tech showplace is served by exactly one 64K Internet connection. I didn't have the heart to tell them there's more bandwidth in my den

So I'm sitting at dinner with the Sheriff of Nottingham, wondering about the future of technology in Great Britain. It's the kind of thing that only happens in the UK.

Smart Moves: Reading the signs of the times

ON shaking hands at the end of a negotiation with a German or Frenchman, you might congratulate yourself on having reached a deal. But in their eyes the handshake may be no more than a polite leave-taking.

IT Contracting: Putting paid to the UK brain drain

America's hi-tech recruitment companies are finding it harder and harder to lure Britain's skilled IT professionals across the water.

Success? It's the name of his game

It's a long way from a Scarborough council estate to Silicon Valley - and a long way from Seventies liberalism to hi-tech capitalism. But Keith Teare has made both journeys. Melanie McGrath talks to him about why he had to leave Britain to pursue a dream

Mr Moonbeam takes a shine to Dullsville

OAKLAND, a city of 400,000 on the eastern side of the San Francisco bay, is deeply sensitive to the fact of being overlooked.

Spring, and a nerd's thoughts turn to Linux

It's Spring in Silicon Valley - El Nino's rains have brought magnificent displays of wildflowers to the oak woodland of the foothills that edge the valley. Cassie, my Australian Shepherd dog, has sensed the change of season. She is even more raring to hit the trail than normal, and normal usually means about 5:15am.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee