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Apple agrees to $3bn Beats deal

Wed, 2014-05-28 19:40
Apple confirms it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.8bn).

'Vicar' of rugby union tends to player flock

Wed, 2014-05-28 19:06
The Rugby Players' Association is helping the sport and its player members tackle some of the big challenges the sport faces in the 21st Century.

US trade delegation in Cuba visit

Wed, 2014-05-28 17:09
A US Chamber of Commerce delegation is visiting in Cuba for the first time since 1999 in order to "assess the economic changes" on the communist-run island.

Samsung reveals Sami health platform

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:29
Samsung unveils a concept health wristband capable of being fitted with third-party sensors and an associated data sharing platform.

The growth of Aboriginal start-ups

Wed, 2014-05-28 15:09
With official figures showing a big rise in the number of businesses owned by Aboriginal Australians, the BBC takes a closer look at the growth of such companies.

Panasonic recalls computer batteries

Wed, 2014-05-28 09:56
Panasonic is recalling batteries in Asia and Europe after three incidents when the power sources caught fire.

Amazon steps up publisher spat

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:43
Amazon has said a bitter dispute with publisher Hachette, which has led to a block on pre-orders, will not be resolved soon.

Ronaldo tops football marketing table

Wed, 2014-05-28 08:22
Portugal and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is named the world's most marketable footballer, according to analysts at marketing experts Repucom.

France in 14bn-euro tax black hole

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:36
The French government is facing a 14bn-euro black hole in its public finances after significantly overestimating tax collection.

Murrayfield in BT naming rights deal

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:19
Scottish Rugby confirms that its home will be renamed the BT Murrayfield Stadium, with money reinvested in new academies.

GE pledges jobs for Alstom deal

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:16
US company General Electric commits to creating 1,000 new jobs in France, as part of efforts to reassure the French government about its bid for Alstom.

Extra £1m premium bond jackpot

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:39
A second £1m premium bond prize is to be launched from August, National Savings and Investments (NS&I) has confirmed.

Goldman's World Cup forecast

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:53
Which nation will win the World Cup?

Aston Martin to create 250 jobs

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:33
Luxury car maker Aston Martin will create hundreds of jobs and extend its UK manufacturing facilities, the firm has said.

Weir drops bid to buy Finnish rival

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:30
Weir Group drops its attempt to take over Metso Corporation after the Finnish engineering firm rebuffs a second approach.

Alibaba buys stake in SingPost

Wed, 2014-05-28 04:38
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba buys a 10% stake in Singapore's national postal service provider SingPost for S$312.5m ($249m; £148m).

India move to unearth 'black money'

Wed, 2014-05-28 02:08
India sets up a special task force to find illicit money, in one of the first decisions taken by the government of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

VIDEO: Google builds self-driving cars

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:23
Google has announced that it will start building its own self-driving cars. They will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheels or pedals.

Google to build self-driving cars

Tue, 2014-05-27 22:00
Google has announced that it will start building its own self-driving cars. They will have a stop/go button but no controls, steering wheels or pedals.

China to 'clean up' messaging apps

Tue, 2014-05-27 21:40
Chinese authorities launch a campaign to "eliminate" malpractice on instant messaging services which have become hugely popular in the country.