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BBC News – Ray Ozzie tells Microsoft to ‘go beyond the PC’

BBC News – Ray Ozzie tells Microsoft to ‘go beyond the PC’

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Microsoft must think beyond the PC if it is to weather the changes due to hit in the next five years. The warning was given by Microsoft’s chief software architect Ray Ozzie in a memo penned soon after he announced he was leaving the company. In it, Mr Ozzie said that the last five years had been “breathtaking”... 

BBC News – Hobbit crisis talks end without resolution

BBC News – Hobbit crisis talks end without resolution

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Thousands gathered to demonstrate against the moving of the film to another country Crisis talks between New Zealand’s prime minister and Hollywood studio executives have ended with no decision on where The Hobbit will be filmed. There is deadlock with Warner Bros over whether the Lord of the Rings prequels should be shot... 

BBC News – UN in Sudan border clash warning

BBC News – UN in Sudan border clash warning

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The UN’s peacekeeping chief has warned an increase in troops along the border between north and south Sudan would not prevent or even contain clashes. Alain Le Roy was addressing the UN Security Council as it considered reinforcing its mission on the boundary in the run-up to January’s referendum. The south is to... 

BBC News – War-hit countries ‘most corrupt’

BBC News – War-hit countries ‘most corrupt’

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War-torn states are still seen as being the most corrupt in the world, according to a new report from Transparency International. The Berlin-based watchdog monitors perceived corruption and has published its annual report, based on a poll of businesses and people in 178 nations. The worst country is Somalia, followed by Burma,... 

BBC News – Indonesia volcano Merapi erupts, thousands evacuated

BBC News – Indonesia volcano Merapi erupts, thousands evacuated

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Officials had issued a red alert, warning that an eruption was imminent Indonesia’s most volatile volcano is erupting, spewing plumes of hot ash and hurling rocks into the air. Officials say Mount Merapi, in central Java, began erupting just before dusk on Tuesday. Scientists warn the pressure building up beneath its lava... 

BBC News – Million-dollar beds fuel Madagascar timber crisis

BBC News – Million-dollar beds fuel Madagascar timber crisis

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Soaring demand in China and political unrest in Madagascar are fuelling illegal logging for hardwoods in the African nation, a report concludes. Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) talked to loggers, government agencies and traders to compile their report. In China, they discovered beds on sale for... 

BBC News – Iran loads fuel into the Bushehr nuclear reactor

BBC News – Iran loads fuel into the Bushehr nuclear reactor

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Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant, state television has reported. It marks a key stage in the firing-up of the Bushehr plant, which is set to produce electricity from 2011. Russia will operate the facility in southern Iran, supplying its nuclear fuel and taking away the nuclear waste. Continue... 

Pearson boosted by e-book sales

Pearson boosted by e-book sales

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Publishing group Pearson has reported strong sales and operating profit for the first nine months of the year, due to increased demand for e-books and Financial Times publications. As a result, the company upgraded its full-year profit forecast, with earnings per share estimated to rise by 10% compared with 2009. Sales of e-books... 

Dollar at new 15-year low against yen on G20 comments

Dollar at new 15-year low against yen on G20 comments

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The US dollar has hit a 15-year low against the yen after the G20 nations agreed to avoid a currency war. The weekend talks, in South Korea, saw the group of 20 major advanced and developing nations, agree to avoid competing to lower their currencies. The meeting sparked another fall in the US dollar, which fell 1% against the... 

BP sets out to rebuild reputation

BP sets out to rebuild reputation

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UK energy giant BP has outlined a strategy to revive the public’s belief in its ability to operate in a responsible manner. “We will earn back trust in BP and begin to restore the company’s battered reputation,” chief executive Bob Dudley told business leaders in London. His comments came in his first... 

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