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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.

Jeremy Paxman

Could Jeremy Paxman be London's next mayor?

It looks like the Conservatives are hoping so.

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 over 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technology and innovation - tree with lightbulbs

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?

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?

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

Heathrow expansion

Six reasons why we should expand Heathrow Airport now

Every month the UK loses £1.25bn from lost trade due to a lack of airport capacity, says Heathrow

Student protest

In pictures: London student protest turns violent

Thousands of students marched through London yesterday protesting against tuition fees and budget cuts to education.

Union Jack flag on the ground

UK fails to make top 20 countries to do business in

Why? What makes us less attractive than Chile and Belgium?

Women celebrating

Women actually earn MORE than men in their 20s and 30s – and other surprising stats about pay

Between the ages of 22 and 39 women on average earn more per hour than men.

Royal Mail postbox

Royally screwed: Royal Mail reports 21% fall in half-year profits

Royal Mail half-year profits have dipped 21%, forcing the company to halve the expected growth rate of its UK parcels market to between 1% and 2%.

Parkour in London - success happy hurrah win

How I just raised £2.2m for my two-year-old start-up, Uniplaces

Looking to win serious investment? Ben Grech shares his seven essential steps

Women on boards

Only one in 14 AIM board appointments are women

Despite a drive to appoint more women to the boards of companies across the UK, only certain areas within business are making any progress.

Kismt, £70m yacht

Branson to launch a new line of luxury cruises - who's investing in it?

Sir Richard Branson is set to launch a new line of luxury cruises.

YouGov businessperson

7 freaky and fascinating things we now know about people who like businessVideo

Are you one of the *ahem* quirky people who likes business?

Networking for exporters export help

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Discover the secrets to successful networking

As GEW 2014 kicks off, business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru reveals his top networking tips and what’s coming up at the British Library’s Business & IP Centre

Dan J Austin photography, London construction

£100m turnover jump in 10 years - how did Dawnus Construction do it?

Thanks to the right financial support and some key business decisions, Dawnus has bloomed

inmidtown people

Three business lessons from Alain de Botton

We heard from the philosopher at the launch of midtown Big Idea Exchange

Dirty money

The funniest and most outraged reactions to the Qatar World Cup investigation

This morning the news that FIFA had cleared itself of corruption was met with disbelief.

Football classic

Qatar to be cleared of corruption in World Cup 2022 bid

UPDATE: (12.24pm) The report is now out and confirms the below.

Hangzhou, China tech capital

Move over Silicon Valley. If you want innovation, look to Hangzhou

Alibaba, Apple, and why Western digital hegemony is finally over

Yahoo logo

Yahoo just spent $640m on BrightRoll. This is why…Video

Yahoo has just announced its latest big-ticket acquisition.

Heathrow airport

Expand Heathrow and the benefits will extend to everyone – not just Londoners

New analysis says Heathrow expansion could deliver £211bn of economic benefits to the UK

Pound tree

Fines in the billions for big banks in forex scandal

Be thankful you’re not in the offices of UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC or RBS this morning.

Jack Ma Alibaba founder

China's richest person made billions this morning by celebrating single peopleVideo

By 2030, China will be facing a situation where one in four men will never have married.

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