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Top London wine merchant conned out of £50,000 worth of vintage wine

London has seen a spate of spectacular wine crimes in recent weeks.

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Want to read Facebook’s new terms in full? A mere 20,000 words!

Are social media companies trying to make it difficult to understand how they use our data?

Andrew Mitchell

Plebgate: in numbers

Ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell did call a policeman a “pleb”, a High Court judge ruled yesterday.

Tesco store Cardiff

Tesco to dismiss all eight suspended directors

Tesco will say goodbye to all eight of the directors it suspended in the wake of the £264m accounting scandal, according to reports.

Shoppers on Oxford Street

Black Friday fever: police called as fights break out between shoppers Video

Britons are going bananas over Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year.

Pornographers crack down on O2 porn pirates

Oh no! Tory MP favourites pornographic tweet

Tory MP Karl McCartney was left red-faced today after his Labour opponent Lucy Rigby pointed out that he favourited a very naughty tweet.

Border controls

Net migration grows 42% as Cameron miles off target

Net migration has grown in the past year, despite David Cameron’s aim to curb it.

Cameron crying

Which London boroughs saw house prices rise by more than David Cameron’s salary?

Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, the boroughs of the rich and famous, saw house prices rise by more than Prime Minister David Cameron’s £142,000 annual salary.

Titus Sharpe, CEO, MVFglobal.com

This is what No 10 wants to do to support British tech

“It is heartening to see the UK government government focusing on the technology industry,” says Titus Sharpe, CEO of mvfglobal.com

George Osborne

7 things Osborne must do for the economy: Autumn StatementVideo

Entrepreneurs and business leaders on what they want from 3 December

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Coca-Cola's new milk will “rain money” says exec

The world’s largest drinks brand is moving into the dairy market.

Unhappy woman

One in three rented homes "not fit to live in" and problems rising

More people than ever are battling problems with private landlords in the UK, according to Citizens Advice, as one in three homes do not meet the government’s decent home minimum standard.

Uber

Five-year-old Uber could hit $40bn valuation

Crikey. It just keeps growing.

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook CEO Harriet Green resigns

Thomas Cook CEO Harriet Green has announced her surprise resignation from the travel company.

Londoners leave £53m unused on Oyster cards

Londoners want lower Tube prices more than anything else

Londoners want cheaper Tube tickets more than anything else for Christmas this year, a survey has found.

Tube Night

Londoners stuck on Bakerloo Line Tube for over an hour

Londoners were stuck on a Bakerloo Line train for a whole hour on Tuesday morning.

Business growth graph ladder

Growth continues for the service sector says CBI

Good news for the UK services sector: it grew steadily in the three months to November, and “robust growth is expected” for early 2015 – according to the latest quarterly CBI Service Sector Survey.

Cameron hashtag

Why is #CameronMustGo trending on Twitter?

It’s been the top trend on Twitter most of the day, but why is #CameronMustGo trending today? We take a look.

online shopping tablet

Is your website ready? Consumers to spend £6,435 PER SECOND next Monday

Next Monday is the annual ‘Cyber Monday’ online shopping day – and this year British consumers are forecast to spend nearly £6.5k per second online on flash sales items.

O2

BT in preliminary talks to buy O2

Telecoms titan BT is eyeing O2 or EE in a bid to create a wireless telecoms giant in the UK.

Marta Andreasen UKIP campaigning for EU Elections in 2009

This survey proves people don’t want to be friends with UKIP voters

A quarter of people would find it hard to be friends with a UKIP supporter, according to a poll.

Tube strike

Tube strike on 1 December on Northern Line

Northern Line Tube drivers are set to stage a 24-hour strike on 1 December over dismissal of a worker.

Cyber security hacking computers

Who created the world’s most sophisticated hacking spyware?

The world’s most advanced hacking spyware has been detected targeting Saudi Arabian and Russian telecoms companies.

Data, technology & computing

These are the 20 fastest-growing tech companies in the UK

The UK is home to some of the fastest-growing tech companies in the world.

Met Police

Met chief: Terrorism threats increasing, police stopped five attacks this year

Terrorism threat in the UK is increasing, Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has warned.

Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel

Explosion at five-star central London hotel sees 500 evacuated

Around 500 guests were evacuated from the Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel late on Friday night following a reported gas explosion, which injured 14 people.

money

9 facts about poverty in the UK

A record number of working families are living in poverty, with incomes of the poorest workers falling 10% in a decade, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s annual report.

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10 killer insights into advertising online

From Adam Ludwin, co-founder and CVO, Captify

Happy trader

Shalini Khemka: 7 steps to the perfect investor pitch

Shalini Khemka, founder & CEO, E2Exchange, on how to secure investment to scale your business

Thistle Barbican

*WIN* a month's worth of business meetings at Thistle City Barbican

Are you a business owner dreaming of running meetings from an “Apprentice” style boardroom, or an aspiring entrepreneur eager to impress potential clients?

Emily Thornberry and Gadaffi

Is Cameron inadvertently equating Emily Thornberry’s tweet to Jimmy Savile’s abuse and Gaddafi’s violence?

Labour MP’s tweet was “completely appalling”, says PM, a phrase he usually reserves for the worst atrocities

Cadogan Square

Two dead and several injured in Knightsbridge balcony collapse

Two people have died and at least six people were injured after a balcony collapsed in Knightsbridge.

Greek Island of Mykonos

30 private islands around the world that you can actually buy

Would you choose the island that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to live on? Or how about the island with its very own fort?

Snow chaos causes train delays

Network Rail is failing customers, watchdog warns, as passengers are “not getting what they pay for”

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has issued a stark warning to Network Rail that the organisation is failing passengers.

Parliament union flag

The taxpayer needs to spend £3bn to repair crumbling Houses of Parliament

It could cost taxpayers over £3bn to refurbish the Palace of Westminster.

Young entrepreneur

Young and carefree? Some hard truths about being a young entrepreneur

Business manager Raj Sond cautions young people to go in with their eyes open

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Stik artwork

This is the UK's tallest piece of street art - what does it signify?Video

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Who’s the artist behind the UK’s tallest piece of street art? No, not Banksy. It’s Stik.Source: Image © Stik (by Joyce/Division)

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Five of the best vinyl record shops in London

By Harry Cockburn

Sales of vinyl records have risen to the highest level for 18 years.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay in bitter court battle with father-in-law for "forging" £640k pub lease

Celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay has dragged his father-in-law to court for “forging his signature” on a £640,000-a-year gastropub lease.

Pachamama sharing plates

Love the Peruvian food trend? Then feast on our review of Pachamama, Marylebone

By Sherelle Jacobs

So are its sharing plates worth sharing?

Father Christmas - technology - laptop

The 10 best gadgets for Christmas 2014

By Daniel Todaro

From fitness trackers to tellies, it’s time to get gadgeting

Bookshop

What are the management books of the year?

By Harry Cockburn

There are galaxies of business books out there promising managers the secret to successful business techniques.

Gordon Ramsay

What ruined the launch of Gordon Ramsay's new Mayfair restaurant?

The launch of Gordon Ramsay’s new Mayfair restaurant was tainted by a rival who made 100 fake bookings that left tables empty.

Father Christmas drunk

Is Dry January worth it? This study has the answer

By Harry Cockburn

For many, the Christmas period is a season for letting it all hang out.

Manhattan Grill

Review: Manhattan Grill in Canary Wharf

By Sherelle Jacobs

Sherelle Jacobs tests some serious steak

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