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UK investment in tech and transport among world's worst, says TUC

UK investment in tech and transport among world's worst, says TUC

Study will put pressure on Philip Hammond to boost spending across public and private sectors in autumn statementBritain ranks among the worst performers in the developed world for spending on new
Airbnb a solution to middle-class inequality, company says

Airbnb a solution to middle-class inequality, company says

Sharing economy helping to mitigate blows dealt by 2008 financial crisis and dwindling middle class that Trump warned about, says head of global policyAirbnb says it is a solution to the problem of
Risky business: do companies pay a price for expressing political views?

Risky business: do companies pay a price for expressing political views?

Staying politically neutral on Trump administration policies is proving difficult for businesses in the face of mounting public pressureAmerican companies have a long history of weighing in on
Why robots should be taxed if they take people's jobs | Robert Shiller

Why robots should be taxed if they take people's jobs | Robert Shiller

Bill Gates says governments could use a robot tax to fund human services – it would also help remedy income inequalityThe idea of a tax on robots was raised last May in a draft report to the European
Free trade warning – IMF, WTO and World Bank say it must be defended

Free trade warning – IMF, WTO and World Bank say it must be defended

Fears about Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric prompt joint defence of open markets with admission that more help for those ‘left behind’ is neededFears that Donald Trump’s arrival in the White
UK shoppers forecast to spend £10bn in Black Friday sales

UK shoppers forecast to spend £10bn in Black Friday sales

Most purchases in UK likely to be made online and spread over the week with big bargains less common as retailers battle rising costs and inflationBritish shoppers are expected to spend £10.1bn in the
Asos overtakes M&S – is this the UK high street's Tesla moment?

Asos overtakes M&S – is this the UK high street's Tesla moment?

Online fashion firm tops Marks & Spencer’s market valuation of £4.88bn as shopping stalwarts stumble and internet retailers thriveMarks & Spencer has been usurped by online rival Asos in what
As Amazon opens a guerrilla store, has the internet beaten the high street?

As Amazon opens a guerrilla store, has the internet beaten the high street?

The online giant will have a real store in London for Black Friday. In this topsy-turvy retail world, innovation is now a necessityBlack Friday 2017: where to find the best UK dealsOn London’s Oxford
As Amazon opens a guerrilla store, has the internet beaten the high street?

As Amazon opens a guerrilla store, has the internet beaten the high street?

The online giant will have a real store in London for Black Friday. In this topsy-turvy retail world, innovation is now a necessityBlack Friday 2017: where to find the best UK dealsOn London’s Oxford
Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Autumn budget also includes stamp duty cut, £1.5bn universal credit U-turn and extra £3bn for Brexit preparationsOur writers’ verdict: ‘Help for housing or a kick in the teeth?’Philip Hammond has
Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Autumn budget also includes stamp duty cut, £1.5bn universal credit U-turn and extra £3bn for Brexit preparationsPhilip Hammond has cut stamp duty for first- time buyers as part of a package of
Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Autumn budget also includes stamp duty cut, £1.5bn universal credit U-turn and extra £3bn for Brexit preparationsOur writers’ verdict: ‘Help for housing or a kick in the teeth?’Philip Hammond has
Google clamps down on ticket resale sites

Google clamps down on ticket resale sites

Search giant unveils restrictions against secondary ticketing sites such as Viagogo and StubHub including new controls on paid search Google will impose tough new restrictions on ticket resale
Top court to hear case on whether ISPs can charge film producers for IDing online pirates

Top court to hear case on whether ISPs can charge film producers for IDing online pirates

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear a case over whether an internet service provider can charge a fee for revealing information about a suspected movie pirate to film producers
Game that tune: Apple snaps up Shazam for reported $400m

Game that tune: Apple snaps up Shazam for reported $400m

Price tag would be less than half the $1bn music identifying app was last valued at when it tapped investors in 2015Apple has bought Shazam, a London-based app that allows smartphone users to identify
Year of the disruptors: bitcoin, Tesla and the slow demise of cash

Year of the disruptors: bitcoin, Tesla and the slow demise of cash

From upstarts overtaking bigger rivals to tech firms valued more than superstores, 2017 was a year of seminal moments 2017 was a year marked by mini-upsets in the business world that, taken together,
Apple leads race to become world's first $1tn company

Apple leads race to become world's first $1tn company

Tech giants likely to pass record valuation if share price rises echo 2017 performance with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook in with a chanceThe race is on to become the world’s first
Amazon and cheap TVs: Ruslan Kogan on the new world of retail

Amazon and cheap TVs: Ruslan Kogan on the new world of retail

The Melbourne entrepreneur began by selling TVs from his parents’ garage. Now he wants to turn Australians into dedicated online consumersAmid all the Amazon chatter last year, there was at least one
Intel facing class-action lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Intel facing class-action lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Plaintiffs claim compensation for security flaws and alleged slowdown that fixing computers will cause, while corporations count cost of correctionsIntel has been hit with at least three class-action
Just Eat 50p surcharge branded a rip-off by customers

Just Eat 50p surcharge branded a rip-off by customers

Online takeaway firm adds 50p to all payment forms and rebrands it service charge just days before EU ban on fees for credit card transactionsThe online takeaway company Just Eat has been criticised