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Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures

Image copyright Snapchat One million people have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll back its latest redesign. The changes were intended to separate interactions with friends from branded content – including that of celebrities and influencers. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel wrote in a blog post that he believed …

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Brexit: EU ‘removes transition punishment clause’

Image copyright No 10 Image caption Both sides say they want a time-limited transition after the UK leaves the EU next year EU diplomats have removed a so-called “punishment clause” from a draft text of the arrangement for the Brexit transition period, the BBC understands. A footnote published by the …

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Steel pensions: Mis-selling scandal ‘already erupting’

Image copyright Getty Images Another major financial mis-selling scandal is “already erupting” according to a report by MPs into British Steel’s pension scheme. Members were exploited by “vulture” financial advisors and “apparently neglected” by government, Tata Steel and regulators, said the Work and Pensions Select Committee. The UK government has …

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Faulty appliances ’cause 60 fires a week’

Image copyright LFB Image caption The damage caused to a seventh floor flat in Shepherd’s Bush, London Faulty household appliances – primarily washing machines and tumble dryers – account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said. It said the number of fires has …

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MPs pressure City firms over gender diversity

Image copyright andresr/Getty Images City firms including giants Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have been called on to sign a gender diversity pledge which was first published in 2016. Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan has written to 33 financial services firms who have yet to sign up. She has asked …

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Apple’s HomePod speakers leave white marks on wood

Image copyright Pocket-lint Image caption Pocket-lint published this image of a mark left by its Homepod test unit Apple’s new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-oil furniture …

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Carillion: Canadian firm BGIS seeks facilities contracts

Image copyright Reuters Canadian firm BGIS is in talks to take on former Carillion facilities management contracts. BGIS said that more than 2,500 Carillion staff could be transferred to its team as part of the deal. It wants to take on hospital, education, justice, transport and emergency services contracts from …

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Quantum computers ‘one step closer’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon. The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations. By using silicon, the …

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