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NewsCorp: Google platform for piracy

Thu, 2014-09-18 06:21
NewsCorp's chief executive writes strongly worded letter calling for a tougher approach from the EU to search giant Google.

Vacuum cleaner boost for retail sales

Thu, 2014-09-18 06:09
UK retail sales rose by 0.4% during August, helped by shoppers looking to snap up high-powered vacuum cleaners ahead of an EU ban on the products.

Sony shares tumble on loss warning

Thu, 2014-09-18 05:17
Sony shares plunged by up to 12% in Tokyo trading after it warned of a bigger than expected annual loss because of its mobile business.

Japan trade deficit narrows in August

Wed, 2014-09-17 21:24
Japan narrows its trade deficit in August as a fall in imports lowers the country's energy bill for the month.

Farming 'the hardest plant to grow'

Wed, 2014-09-17 19:20
The North American farmers who have started to plant wasabi

What will Alibaba do with $25bn?

Wed, 2014-09-17 19:03
What will Alibaba do with $25bn?

Skin printer and bee probe win award

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:10
Bee probe and skin printer make awards shortlist

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

Wed, 2014-09-17 16:38
The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

Wed, 2014-09-17 15:38
The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

Has quantitative easing helped the US economy?

Wed, 2014-09-17 15:36
Has quantitative easing helped the US economy?

European car sales continue recovery

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:37
European Union new car registrations rose in July and August, industry figures show, indicating continued recovery across the region.

IBM's Watson rolled out to business

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:59
IBM's supercomputer Watson is being made available to businesses to answer tricky questions.

eBay attack puts its buyers at risk

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:32
A sophisticated attack on eBay compromises at least two listings so that users who click on them are redirected to a fake page that attempts to steal their credentials.

Eurozone inflation revised to 0.4%

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:27
The eurozone inflation rate held steady at 0.4% in August, slightly higher than the original estimate of 0.3%, revised Eurostat figures show.

Sony predicts increased losses

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:21
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast, due to its struggling mobile business.

US consumer prices fall in August

Wed, 2014-09-17 09:45
US consumer prices fell in August for the first time since April 2013, Labor Department figures show.

UK jobless rate falls to 2008 low

Wed, 2014-09-17 07:59
The UK rate fell to 6.2% in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.

A tale of two financial centres

Wed, 2014-09-17 06:17
Would London lose out if Scotland leaves?

Shares plunge after Russian arrest

Wed, 2014-09-17 05:41
Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is put under house arrest on suspicion of money-laundering, and shares in his company Sistema tumble.

Scots 'Yes' would boost Brexit fears

Wed, 2014-09-17 05:22
Britain faces a battle over Europe