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‘Wild West’ Bitcoin ‘should be regulated’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cryptocurrencies’ trading prices have been extremely volatile Bitcoin and other digital currencies are a “Wild West industry” and need to be regulated to protect investors, a committee of MPs has urged. Problems include volatile prices, minimal consumer protection and risks of hacking and money-laundering, says the Treasury Committee. The […]

Millions overcharged for mobile contracts

Image copyright Reuters About four million people have been charged for mobile phones they already own, spending £500m extra on contracts, according to Citizens Advice. Three of Britain’s biggest mobile networks, EE, Three and Vodafone, continue to charge for handsets even after the cost has been paid off. Many customers have no idea they are […]

Qantas mulls plane gyms as prepares for 20-hour flights

Image copyright QANTAS Image caption Qantas already operates non-stop flights between London and Perth Australian airline Qantas has said it is considering putting gyms on the planes making its planned non-stop flights between London and Sydney. A bar, creche, sleeping areas and berths are also being considered for the 20 hour flight, it said. The […]

SeaWorld and ex-boss to pay $5m to settle fraud claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption SeaWorld ended its controversial orca breeding programme in 2016 SeaWorld and its former boss have agreed to pay more than $5m to settle claims they misled investors over the impact of documentary film Blackfish. The firm and James Atchison downplayed the effect on the firm’s reputation and business, the US […]

Facebook job ads ‘discriminated by gender’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Van driving, roofing, police work – all jobs for men. At least, that’s what a cluster of job ads placed on Facebook seemed to suggest. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday submitted a […]

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen face EU diesel emissions probe

Image copyright Getty Images German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen are to face an EU inquiry for allegedly conspiring to restrict diesel emissions treatment systems. The European Commission said it was investigating whether they agreed to limit the development of systems to reduce harmful emissions. It said that if proven, this could mean that consumers […]

US imposes new $200bn tariffs on China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is adding more tariffs to its trade war with China The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to more than 5,000 items, marking the biggest round of […]

‘I dialled into work and prayed my baby wouldn’t wake up’

Image copyright Melissa Brooker Image caption Melissa Brooker and her daughter, Isabelle, now aged five Melissa Brooker had been in her job as a senior HR director for 10 years and “loved every minute of it”. Then she had her first child. “Sadly, the year I returned took the shine off for me,” she says. […]

Anger mounts over House of Fraser gift cards

Image copyright EPA Fed-up House of Fraser customers fear they will end up out of pocket as the company has gone silent about replacing the retailer’s gift cards. When it was bought by Sports Direct, concerned customers were told to send in gift cards for “a replacement”. But a month after the August deal, they […]

Ex-UBS trader gets last-minute reprieve from deportation

Kweku Adoboli, the former UBS trader convicted of fraud, has been given a temporary reprieve from deportation to Ghana, where he was born. Adoboli was expected to be put on a charter flight late on Tuesday, but a judge has awarded a last-minute judicial review of his case. The reprieve will last “until such time […]

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