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Candy Crush maker reduces forecasts

Wed, 2014-08-13 02:56
The makers of mobile game Candy Crush Saga reduce their 2014 forecast after lower-than-expected second-quarter results.

Cathay Pacific in big profit jump

Wed, 2014-08-13 02:53
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific sees a surge in first half earnings as a plan which involved adding more flights to US destinations pays off.

VIDEO: Are social media adverts worth it?

Tue, 2014-08-12 22:25
Is it worth all the time and effort to build a social media presence for your brand? Two experts discuss the issue.

Japanese economy contracts sharply

Tue, 2014-08-12 21:34
The Japanese economy contracts by 6.8% from the previous year after a recently introduced sales tax held back consumer spending.

Alibaba sells off loan business

Tue, 2014-08-12 21:18
China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba sells off its loan business ahead of a forthcoming share sale.

A love of rugs that led to the stars

Tue, 2014-08-12 19:07
Christopher Sharp explains how his rug collecting hobby led to a multi-million pound business with a star-studded client list.

Vine's six-second superstars cash in

Tue, 2014-08-12 19:05
Vine clip creators cash in on their fame

Sony reveals PlayStation TV launch

Tue, 2014-08-12 16:09
Sony will launch its PlayStation TV in the US, UK, and Europe in the autumn in a bid to take on other streaming television consoles like AppleTV and Roku.

Car hire prices 'unfairly vary'

Tue, 2014-08-12 13:27
Drivers are being charged different prices online for the same car rental based on where they live in Europe, the European Commission says.

Autonomy exec fights back in HP row

Tue, 2014-08-12 11:36
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been accused in a court filing of "mismanagement" in its 2011 takeover of UK software firm Autonomy.

Tobacco giant ready to sue UK

Tue, 2014-08-12 11:09
Tobacco giant Phillip Morris says it is prepared to sue the UK government should it implement a law mandating plain packaging for cigarettes.

US and Asia lift Prudential profits

Tue, 2014-08-12 06:48
Insurer Prudential has seen profits rise in the past six months after a strong performance in the US and Asia.

Cambridge - making a noise about tech

Tue, 2014-08-12 03:56
Can a £50m fund help Cambridge take on London's TechCity?

Ladbrokes first half profits plunge

Tue, 2014-08-12 03:41
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has reported a sharp fall in profit despite saying it had had a "good World Cup".

Australian banks face class action

Tue, 2014-08-12 02:11
Australian legal firm Maurice Blackburn files class actions against five banks over late credit card fees worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Quantum computers to crack the world

Mon, 2014-08-11 19:35
What will happen if quantum computers become widely used? Can we wave goodbye to our modern, digitally enhanced world?

The designer taking his Xhosa heritage global

Mon, 2014-08-11 19:33
How one South African designer made his name using traditional Xhosa designs at Johannesburg Fashion Week.

VIDEO: Going global with Xhosa designs

Mon, 2014-08-11 19:31
One South African designer is taking his Xhosa traditions and creating an international business.

RBS may sell Coutts International

Mon, 2014-08-11 16:21
Royal Bank of Scotland says it is looking into selling Coutts International, the overseas arm of the bank that has the Queen's account.

Buzzfeed receives $50m investment

Mon, 2014-08-11 14:17
A venture capitalist firm has invested $50m in the internet-media company Buzzfeed to expand coverage and produce more videos.