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The week Facebook's value plunged $58bn

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has come under scrutiny for how it used to share user data Facebook ended the week $58bn lower in value after its handling of a historic data breach. Its founder Mark Zuckerberg apologised for data breaches that affected 50 million users. The apology did not stop investors […]

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Cambridge Analytica search warrant granted

[ad_1] UK information commissioner granted warrant to search London offices of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica is facing claims it amassed the data of millions of people without their consent, based on a 2014 quiz on Facebook. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh […]

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Former Blockbuster owner Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wayne Huizenga in 2009 Wayne Huizenga, the former owner of Blockbuster Entertainment and three Florida sports teams, has died at the age of 80. The college dropout made his fortune in waste disposal, founding Waste Management, now a publicly traded company worth more than $35bn (£24bn). Mr Huizenga […]

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Lords seek rethink on UK passport contract

[ad_1] Image copyright Home Office/PA Members of the House of Lords have called on the government to reconsider awarding a contract to print new blue UK passports to a Franco-Dutch firm. Conservative peer Lord Naseby said it would have a major adverse effect on “the whole of British industry, and the British people as they […]

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EasyJet suspends pilots over social media posts

[ad_1] Image caption The EasyJet pilots have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation said the airline. Two EasyJet pilots have been suspended after footage emerged of them using a mobile phone app while flying. The Luton-based airline said it was taking the matter “seriously” and the actions were “not acceptable”. As reported in The Sun, […]

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Prezzo restaurant chain to close 92 outlets

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Creditors of the Italian restaurant business Prezzo have backed a restructuring plan that will see it close 92 outlets – about a third of the chain, the BBC understands. It’s estimated the move, backed by most creditors, could result in up to 1,800 job losses. The chain, which is owned […]

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South Africa's lucrative funeral insurance industry

[ad_1] Laying your loved ones to rest is big business in South Africa. The funeral insurance industry is valued at nearly half a billion dollars and people are spending large sums on items such as caskets and tombstones. As the financial burden on surviving relatives increases, many are putting money aside for extravagant arrangements. The […]

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Next full-year profits fall in 'challenging' year

[ad_1] Image copyright Next Plc Annual profits at Next fell by 8.1% in what the High Street retail chain described as a “challenging” year. The company said pre-tax profits dropped to £726.1m in the 12 months to January, marking the third year in a row that income has declined. Next said that sales of full-priced […]

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Human-eye VR

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is a growing business market in high-definition VR for design and training Finnish start-up Varjo has developed a prototype virtual reality (VR) headset that its makers claim gives an image 50 times sharper than most other headsets currently on the market. When I tested the prototype – […]

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Match fit

[ad_1] Image copyright Russell Hotten Image caption Jose Mourinho, Diego Maradona and Usain Bolt at the Hublot press conference Luxury watch label Hublot must have spent a small fortune bringing together football royalty – and soccer-mad Usain Bolt – for the launch of a new product. They were joined by other legends from South America […]

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Financial ombudsman to review complaints

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Financial Ombudsman Service will conduct an independent review following accusations that some consumers’ claims were not decided correctly. The move follows an investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches into the service. The programme suggested some staff with inadequate training or knowledge were making decisions on complaints. It also raised concerns […]

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Call for longer Heathrow night flight ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images MPs have called for tougher measures to protect passengers and local communities before plans to expand Heathrow Airport are approved. The Transport Committee said a night flight ban of six-and-a-half hours should to be extended to seven hours. The MPs also want further evidence that landing charges will not be […]