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lOxfordshire's determination to catch up with Cambridgshire as a breeding ground for hi-tech business is bearing fruit, science minister Lord Sainsbury has claimed. According to his department, the county has more than 1,400 technology firms employing 40,000 people.

lLocal groups opposing the height of Daniel Libeskind's skyscraper proposal for New York's World Trade Center site, 'Freedom Tower', have suggested it is reduced from the symbolic height of 1,776 feet to the equally appropriate 1,492 feet.

lThe job of paying off the projected £767 million cost of Foster and Partners'new Wembley has started well.The stadium's chief executive, Michael Cunnah, has announced it has already sold premium seats and boxes worth £150 million.

lHouse prices are back on their way up again after a relatively stagnant middle half of this year. According to data firm Housetrack, the average increase in September was 0.4 per cent, the highest monthly increase in six months.

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