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News@5: BBC Tech Boss Quits For Intel, Martha Lane Fox £98 PCs & Rackspace

The BBC's head of Future Media and Technology Erik Huggers is set to leave the organisation to join Intel as the head of its Digital Home Group, the corporation has announced. Erik Huggers, who joined the corporation in 2007, was responsible for the BBC's websites and its immensely popular iPlayer video catch-up service. He is set to join Intel in March.

The announcement by Martha Lane Fox that the government would back the sale of £98 refurbished computers with subsidised wireless broadband connections to the millions of adults in the UK who have never used the web may be seen as a threat to computer retailers such as DSGi.

Rackspace has announced the launch of its cloud computing infrastructure to UK businesses. The company plans to offer cloud computing services from data centres located within the UK, allowing companies to "avoid offshore data issues and weighty upfront capital investments which helps them become more strategically agile from a business perspective".

Yahoo has announced that people will soon be able to log-in to its services using their Google and Facebook identities. The move follows a successful trial on Flikr last year, where allowing visitors to log-in with their Google details boosted site sign-ups by 20 per cent

The Heathrow Express, the fast shuttle train between London Paddington station and Heathrow Airport terminals, has launched a free app for all major mobile platforms that allows users to buy and receive tickets to their handsets in less than 30 seconds.