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The record-breaking connection was established between BT Tower (above) and an internet research campus in Suffolk

999 call system celebrates 75th anniversary

The 999 emergency call system - the first of its kind in the world - celebrates its 75th anniversary tomorrow.

Harriet Walker: 'You can never escape the phone...'

In the olden days, we are told, people – specifically, girls – sat by the phone willing it to ring. Thankfully, in this era of on-the-go eterno-contact, you needn't sit at home to do this. Instead, you can do all manner of adventurous and distracting things while you will your phone to ring.

Frozen Synapse warms up for iPad release

Mode 7 release video to highlight touchscreen integration.

Eleventh hour talks to avert bus strikes held

Last-ditch talks aimed at averting a strike by London bus workers over an Olympic bonus got under way today.

James Moore: Microsoft is armed and could be dangerous to Apple

So which chip are you going to pick? Microsoft has unveiled the Surface, its much-hyped rival to the iPad, with much fanfare and one of the interesting sub-plots to this story is that you can chose whether it comes with an Intel or an Arm chip.

James Murdoch, former chairman and chief executive of News Corp

The Diary: Why not let Leveson into the secret of James Murdoch's phone?

'It is ridiculous that James Murdoch keeps, or kept, a 'secret phone'," a News International spokesman said after The Independent revealed that Scotland Yard was investigating an iPhone whose existence was previously unknown to the police or to the Leveson Inquiry.

James Moore: Microsoft is Armed and possibly even dangerous to Apple

Outlook: So which chip are you going to pick? Microsoft has unveiled the Surface, its much-hyped rival to the iPad, with much fanfare and one of the interesting sub-plots to this story is that you can chose whether it comes with an Intel or an Arm chip.

The IBM Sequoia becomes the world’s fastest computer,with the ability to complete in one hour calculations that would take 6.7 billion people more than three centuries to carry out

Faster than a speeding petaflop: IBM flies past Japanese rival to win battle of the supercomputers with its Sequoia machine

American firm's Sequoia machine designed to simulate nuclear bomb tests

The IBM Sequoia becomes the world’s fastest computer,with the ability to complete in one hour calculations that would take 6.7 billion people more than three centuries to carry out

IBM regains top spot for fastest super-computer

The US has regained the crown for having the world's fastest super-computer thanks to a new machine so powerful that it can simulate nuclear bombs and power plant accidents – eliminating the need to conduct dangerous underground tests.

Orbis forced to throw in the towel over CWW

Orbis, the investment group, bowed to the inevitable yesterday and called off its threat to conduct a guerilla war against Vodafone's bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

In accounts seen by The Independent Mr Murdoch’s iPhone account is listed as active

Police study James Murdoch's 'secret' iPhone account

Scotland Yard detectives investigating phone hacking at the News of the World are examining the call records of four newly discovered Apple iPhones issued to senior executives at News International.

Jim Fletcher, Kate Scelsa, Lucy Taylor and Scott Shepherd in 'Gatz'

Gatz, Noel Coward Theatre, London
Torch Song Trilogy, Menier Chocolate Factory, London
The Witness, Royal Court Upstairs, London

There's an absorbing, slow-burn melancholy to this eight-hour reading of F Scott Fitzgerald's elegant prose

LulzSec hack suspect Ryan Cleary 'won't face US court'

An alleged hacker accused of conspiring to bring down the websites of the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency is not expected to be extradited to America, his solicitor said today.

Simon English: What's going on? The computers are in charge now

In Robert Harris's The Fear Index, a socially hopeless physicist with a brain too large for his own good devises an algorithmic trading machine that is remarkably adept at predicting moves in financial markets. As a high-frequency trader, the computer doesn't much care what is going to happen tomorrow, it intends to make a turn in the next hour, minute or millisecond.

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
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The 'scroungers’ fight back

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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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