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This is the Queen's first ever Tweet

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

It’s not quite The King’s Speech, but today, Her Royal Highness the Queen of England used her own fingers to send a Tweet from an exhibition at the Science Museum.

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Amazon destruction: Online retailer loses almost $500m in worst quarter ever. Here’s why

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Amazon’s net losses reached almost half a billion dollars over the past three months, making it the worst quarter in the company’s history, the retail giant has revealed.

The EU's bearing on UK politics

How much do we give the EU, and how much do we get back?Video

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

In terms of money, the UK gave the EU €14.5bn in 2013, and directly got back €6.3bn.

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Which city has seen the fastest growth in house prices? (Hint: It's not London)

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Admit it Londoners, you’re pretty smug about how the pricetag of your property is a national obsession.

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Ammunition found in Buckingham Palace, police officer arrested

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Scotland Yard arrested a Royal Protection Officer yesterday after ammunition was discovered in a building in Buckingham Palace.

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Here’s why your pay won’t be going up any time soon...

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Most private sector employees are unlikely to see above inflation pay rises in 2015, according to a report.

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Why has the UK been handed a massive £1.7bn bill from the EU?

Fri, 24 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Believe it or not, there are downsides to an improved economy – something the UK has just found out.

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21 very handy insights from excellent businesses

Thu, 23 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

The entrepreneurs and execs who made our London Loves Excellence Awards shortlists share all

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Fly from London to the US for just £99 next year, taxes included

Thu, 23 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Londoners will soon be able to fly one way to the US for just £99, after an Icelandic airline unveiled a new route.

Drones

The illegal drones flying above London... and the chair of the government's drones committee who was “horrified” to discover Google MapsVideo

Thu, 23 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Drone footage can be breathtaking, capturing aerial views that you just can’t get any other way.

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Facebook's UK corporation tax bill: £0

Thu, 23 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Facebook’s UK corporation tax bill last year? Zero, zip, zilch, nada, compared to its net profit of $1.5bn last year.

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Tesco woes: Profit tumbles, chairman quits & accounting mistake greater than estimated

Thu, 23 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

They say the bigger they are, the harder they fall - this rings true for Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco today.

Liverpoool street bomb scare

Police are investigating a "suspect vehicle" near Liverpool Street Station

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Update: Cordons have now been lifted as the owner of the vehicle was found

Warren Buffett

Bad things come in threes! More blows for Buffett portfolio

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Just days after he dumped 245 million Tesco shares, Warren Buffett and his investment company Berkshire Hathaway are back in the news. This time it’s hits on his investments in Coca-Cola and IBM that’s making headlines.

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UKIP Calypso withdrawn by DJ Mike Read following racism complaints

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested that UKIP Calypso, a song he recorded and also performed at the UKIP party conference, be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.

Ryan Coetzee right leaves meeting

Oops – Lib Dem manifesto leaked after strategy chief photographed with document

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Ryan Coetzee, right, leaves a meeting. Photo via Twitter

Tesco Lorry

How many billions does Tesco need for a turnaround?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

A whopping £3bn and strict travel policies – that’s what Britain’s beleaguered supermarket Tesco needs for a turnaround.

Cameron and Osborne House of Commons

Deficit grows as government spending is up 10%. Is the economic plan still working?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Tories have defined themselves as the party dedicated to cutting the deficit, and the words “the long-term economic plan is working” have practically become a mantra for David Cameron and George Osborne.

McDonald's

Infographic: McDonald's - the facts, figures and controversies of the world's biggest fast food brand

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

More people across the planet are familiar with the so-called “golden arches” of McDonald’s than they are with age-old icons such as the the 2,000 year-old symbol of Christianity - the crucifix - and the furthest you can get away from a McDonald’s in America is a mere 115 miles, and that’s if you wander into the Nevada Desert.

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Revealed! Microsoft boss who said women should rely on "karma" for fair pay earns $84m

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Satya Nadella, the Microsoft chief executive who gained unwelcome notoriety this month after saying that women shouldn’t ask for a pay rise, is himself on a blockbuster pay package worth over $84m, it has emerged.

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KPMG axes £22K sponsorship of LSE sports after men’s rugby club calls women “slags”

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

KPMG has dropped its sponsorship of the London School of Economics (LSE) athletics union (AU) after the university men’s rugby club handed out offensive leaflets during this year’s Freshers’ Fair.

iPhone 6 released

Apple sold 169.2 million iPhones in 2014 - this graph shows the stonking rise of iPhone sales

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Apple’s “record-breaking” iPhone launch has pushed fourth-quarter earnings to a stonking $8.47bn (£5.24bn).

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Hurricane Gonzalo causes severe travel disruption as Heathrow cancels 10% of flights

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Heathrow airport had to cancel 10% of its flights with the 20 biggest carriers because of Hurricane Gonzalo that hit the UK yesterday.

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Ajay Chowdhury: Is Europe really a slacker continent?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014| By Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury, CEO of Seatwave on why European VCs are finding it harder and harder to raise new funds

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Infographic: from bartering to Bitcoin - the history of money

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Money has been a key part of our species’ history. With huge markets, money has been responsible for helping humans achieve astonishing feats, as well as driving some of our most shameful episodes.

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How has Burberry angered over 140,000 people?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Luxury clothes retailer Burberry has kicked up a media storm for all the wrong reasons after an animal welfare group slammed the “horrific” conditions animals endure in fur farms used by the company.

UKIP calypso frankenstein

Here's UKIP’s cringeworthy (but surprisingly catchy) song. We dare you to listenVideo

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Just when you thought UKIP couldn’t get any weirder, this happens.

Great firewall of China

Chinese government hires up to 300,000 online trolls to promote Communist Party

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

It’s certainly not what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he devised the technology that brought on the dawn of the internet age.

Hurricane Gonzalo bruises Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo set to hit Britain tonight after bruising Bermuda

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Around 10pm tonight, Britain will be hit by Gonzalo, a hurricane which left Bermuda with a power blackout last week.

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Tesco's £250m profit error: did staff deliberately mislead auditors?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Tesco is in for more trouble as investigators are set to reveal this week that the retailer’s £250m accounting mistake was made because of staff “deliberately misleading auditors”.

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Exodus! One third of wealthy Londoners "to leave London in next five years"

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Almost one in three wealthy Londoners are planning to leave in the next five years, according to a report by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

Balls with smiley faces - Small business confidence 'rises slightly'

Consumer confidence hits three-year high, says Deloitte

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Rebecca Hobson

Consumer confidence is at its highest in three years, and a recovery in real incomes is set for the turn of the year, says accountancy firm Deloitte.

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Energy bills don’t add up: Spending on electricity and gas soars as consumers use less

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

An energy crisis is on the horizon as the UK is paying more than ever for electricity and gas despite using less.

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Man gets locked in a London Waterstones: Twitter reacts hilariously

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Ever wanted to spend a night in a bookshop? The bibliophile’s dream actually came true for one tourist after he was locked in Waterstones last night.

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Terror threat is increasing in Britain, says Scotland Yard

Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Police have foiled several terrorism plots this year, but the threat is only increasing, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said.

Nigel farage upset

How did UKIP lose £1m a year of funding?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Nigel Farage found his party’s funding slashed by £1m a year this week after a shake-up in Brussels.

Eu migration graph

How much EU immigration is there, really? How is it affecting UK population growth?Video

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all know the UK population is growing rapidly, and the strain that it is putting on our national resources, especially jobs, housing, NHS and welfare.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

3 things Bill Gates says he learnt from Warren Buffett

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Bill Gates may be the richest person alive, but it seems he has learnt a thing or three from Warren Buffett.

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SME Superstars: The firms burning bright in the City

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 |Updated: Fri, 17 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Talent, investment, and playing to your strengths. We meet the firms thriving in London

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