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London may be Britain's control center, but Reading, 60 km west of the capital, is its tech support. Some of the world's biggest IT and communications firms—including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Oracle and Vodafone—have set up shop in or around the city. So sooner or later, anybody who's anybody in the world of business or technology will find themselves paying a visit to Reading. And now they can lodge at the Forbury, a new luxury hotel aimed at the BlackBerry set. Owner Toby Hunter spent $10 million transforming the Edwardian county hall into a place where work meets play. The Forbury has...

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