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Why nerds are inheriting the earth

The best-selling books, hottest cinema tickets and most desirable gadgets have one thing in common – they have a high nerd count. Alice-Azania Jarvis offers a spotter's guide to the geeky species that is inheriting the earth.

Tablet wars spark online rumours over release of 'iPad 2'

Barely six months after the iPad was launched, Apple-watchers yesterday had something new to talk about: a successor to its first tablet computer.

Business diary: Hunger striker disdains pub grub

Good to see Tim Martin, the chairman of Wetherspoon, sticking to his guns in the latest issue of Wetherspoon News (we're big fans of the pub group's magazine here). Mr Martin answers readers' letters personally and is delighted with the support he is receiving from Mrs Maggs, a Hampshire resident, who complains about opposition to a new Wetherspoon pub in genteel Lymington. "People are often afraid of change," he says. "For example, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a hunger striker set up stall outside our prospective pub." That particular hostelry won design awards and is still going strong, but sadly Mr Martin offers no news of the hunger striker's fate.

Long term review: the new MacBook Air

Size isn’t everything, we know. But size and style combined? Well, maybe.

Facebook: With friends like these

Facebook is poised to launch its own email system - another step in its bid to control our internet experience. There's also the little matter of beating Google, too. It's war on the web, says Stephen Foley

For sale: gadget that was the making of a geek called Steve Jobs

It has no keyboard, no monitor and comes with just 8 kilobytes of memory – enough to hold about a 225th of a single song track – and is worth more than its weight in gold.

Barack Obama meets with Apple CEO Steve Jobs

President Barack Obama met on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Dylan Jones: 'Today’s young consumers of recorded music are the most churlish generation in history'

Books read on holiday often have a greater resonance than those we snatch at when we're busy working. This summer, my favourite book was Fortune's Fool by Fred Goodman, and it tells the story of how Edgar Bronfman, Jr, bought Warner Music and tried – so far, rather successfully – to turn it around.

Nokia fires boss as it battles to turn around its fortunes

Microsoft's Stephen Elop to be phone group's first non-Finnish chief executive

Is Apple losing its touch?

Crunch time for technology giant as public love affair with brand turns sour

David Prosser: The iPhone row that threatens to take a bite out of Apple

Outlook The test of a company can often be how it responds in the face of adversity, so it will be fascinating to watch Apple over the coming days and weeks. It is so used to being feted for its technological wizardry that the complaints it is getting about the iPhone 4 must have come as something of an unpleasant shock.

Revealed: What Apple really thinks about its customers

Fury at firm's secret memo to staff over problems with new Phone

Business diary: Russia makes mischief at BP

Confusion over comments from Russian officials who were briefing anyone who would listen yesterday that BP had told them Tony Hayward was about to quit – and that it was about to introduce them to its new chief executive. The oil major flatly denied the story, so one wonders whether the Russians had misunderstood Hayward's decision to stand down from running the oil spill disaster response team in the US. Still, as Bob Dudley – who left Russia after the TNK-BP furore – has taken over that role, one doesn't imagine any introductions are necessary.

Apple's slimmer, smarter iPhone. (It also makes calls, by the way)

Apple has launched a new sleeker version of the iPhone as the battle to make the world’s best-selling smartphone intensifies.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2010/06/08/notebook/hands-on-with-the-iphone-4/">David Phelan: Hands on with the latest iPhone</a>

David Phelan gets an exclusive hands-on with the device Steve Jobs described as "the most precise, beautiful thing we’ve ever designed"

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