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THE INTERNET MAKES a major contribution to reducing global warming, we all know that, don’t we? 

As we travel less to attend meetings and instead increasingly work, virtually, on the internet we burn less fuel, take fewer flights and other journeys, reduce the number of...

I DON’T KNOW about you, but for the last few years I have chosen to carry Bank of England (BoE) banknotes rather than the notes supplied by the Scottish banks, Royal Bank (RBS), Bank of Scotland (BoS) and the Clydesdale Bank. 

I know the various ATMs near me which have...

AS THIS turbulent year draws to a close we can only look back wistfully on the wreckage of many of the former giants of the Scottish economy. 

For 2008 has been the historic year that we lost major global brewery business Scottish & Newcastle after 259 years of trading....

THOSE OF US WHO have been in business for some time have seen economic cycles come and go. When I first raised investment for a start-up company in the mid -1980s, the venture capital community was very new and willing to take risks in technology. 

A few disappointing i...

I WONDER what it is we have collectively done to the airline industry to deserve the treatment we get back from them? Obviously times are tough, fuel costs are at an all-time high, and passengers are flying less than normal in the current belt-tightening conditions, bu...

NICOLAS NEGROPONTE is a very senior technology innovator indeed - a 'cardinal of geekdom' you might say. As the founder of MIT's Media lab he has been responsible for many computing breakthroughs, is a co-founder of that techno-futurist bible, Wired magazine, and the o...

A POPULAR working definition of an expert is “someone who lives 5000 miles away”. When I ran a software company with headquarters in Edinburgh and Seattle it was easy to provide expertise for any occasion simply by importing an executive from the other continent. It ne...

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