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BBC News - Business

BBC News - Business

How traffic lights became a million dollar idea

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:13:49 GMT

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how traffic lights became a million dollar idea.

Apple to create $1bn Texas base

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:23:12 GMT

The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:26:36 GMT

Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.

What's knocked markets off course?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:02:10 GMT

Financial markets had seen smooth sailing in recent years. But it looks like that's over.

Huawei: The life of Chinese tech heiress Meng Wanzhou

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:13:48 GMT

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for allegedly breaking US sanctions against Iran.

Love Islanders' Instagram tips on how to make money from #ad

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:05:05 GMT

Each paid post is making reality TV stars like Paul Knops and Jamie Jewitt hundreds of pounds - but how?

PewDiePie printer hackers strike again

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:59:05 GMT

The perpetrators are urging victims to support the YouTube star and protect their systems.

Martin Glenn: FA chief executive to leave at end of the season

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:36 GMT

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn is to step down at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The Germans solving rising rents with people power

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:11:26 GMT

Living in gentrified areas of Munich is getting pricey - but these renters say they have the answer.

Brexit Basics: The single market explained

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:14:12 GMT

Confused by Brexit jargon? Reality Check unpacks the basics.

Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:49:18 GMT

Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:14:21 GMT

From pigs-in-blankets tea to Christmas tree crisps, retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food.

Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:26:46 GMT

The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.

HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll dead at 35

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 18:21:29 GMT

New York police officers went to Colin Kroll's Manhattan flat after a request to check on him.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:28:35 GMT

A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.

Brexit: No-deal will near-bankrupt UK, says Branson

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:19:55 GMT

The Virgin founder says "quite a few" UK businesses will close if there is a no-deal Brexit.

'I was divorced and missed having company'

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:02:55 GMT

Rupert Hunt created flat-sharing website SpareRoom - and then ended up needing to use it himself after his marriage ended.

Tourist pound now down at close to just one dollar

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:01:41 GMT

Airport currency exchanges are offering rates as low as $1.05 for a pound

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:56:35 GMT

The country's finance ministry also confirms plans to suspend higher tariffs on US-made cars.

House of Fraser revival 'challenging'

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:58:03 GMT

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley sees "significant challenges" in turning around the department store chain.

New 50 bank note 'must recognise ethnic minorities'

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:05:26 GMT

Stars and politicians are campaigning for a non-white scientist to feature on the new 50 note.

Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my 40m lifeline

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:31:46 GMT

Sports Direct's owner Mike Ashley has written a bluntly worded letter to the boss of Debenhams.

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:06:03 GMT

Chieko Asakawa, blind since 14, develops groundbreaking technology for the visually impaired.

The bar where your cash is worthless

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:06:14 GMT

As more firms around the world refuse to take cash, does this mean the end for notes and coins?

Branson: Hard Brexit would torpedo some Virgin firms

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:09:40 GMT

Sir Richard Branson has spoken out against a hard Brexit, warning it would be "an absolute disaster".

Vijay Mallya: India's most controversial businessman?

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:58:52 GMT

Once called the "King of Good Times" due to his extravagant lifestyle, Vijay Mallya has been embroiled in financial scandals since 2012.

Why are people spending less this Christmas?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:34 GMT

Brexit uncertainty and rising prices in shops are influencing consumers' shopping habits in the run-up to Christmas.

How crisps became a million dollar idea

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:10:16 GMT

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how crisps became a million dollar idea.

Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:12:15 GMT

Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?

Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay 7 to travel to EU countries

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:03:20 GMT

Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.

Ministers deny planning no-deal Brexit holiday warnings

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:52:54 GMT

Downing Street dismisses reports families will be advised not to book EU travel after March 2019.

Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned?

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:21:00 GMT

The ONS is about to announce how it will treat student loans in the national accounts. Will it lead to changes in student finance?

Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:06:45 GMT

The biggest obstacle to delivery drones isn't technology, it's regulation and public acceptance.

Half of UK homes could get faster broadband

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:00:03 GMT

New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.

'If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?'

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:06:34 GMT

As the EU threatens to end Cambodia's tariff-free status, textile workers fear it could lead to factory closures and job losses.

Called the wrong name at work? Awkward...

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:02:40 GMT

What should you do when someone gets your name wrong in the professional sphere?

Johnson & Johnson shares drop after asbestos report

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:12:50 GMT

Shares drop as Reuters study says firm knew asbestos "lurked" in its talcum powder for decades.

ECB ends 2.5tn eurozone QE stimulus programme

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:43:32 GMT

The European Central Bank confirms it is ending its massive bond-buying programme this month.

Christmas Jumper Day: Who wins, retailers or charity?

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:58:09 GMT

The festive campaign has become an annual event, but who's the real winner - retailers or charity?

Watchdog bans 'harmful' gender stereotypes in adverts

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:53:23 GMT

The Committee of Advertising Practice says adverts must not feature harmful gender stereotypes.

BHS ex owner Dominic Chappell failed to give pension information

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:59 GMT

The man who bought BHS for 1 is fined for not providing documents about the collapsed chain's pension schemes.

What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:31:50 GMT

What lessons can the we learn from the economic ructions suffered by New Zealand in 1973 when the UK joined the EEC?

'The wrong investors can lead to meltdown'

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:03:30 GMT

Choose investors carefully as "the wrong ones can lead to meltdown", says CEO Nikolay Piriankov.

Bad weather hits Christmas shopping on the High Street

Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:48:51 GMT

Icy temperatures and the lure of online shopping hit pre-Christmas retail sales.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo: The view from the edge of space

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:43:16 GMT

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket ship has made a successful test flight, 82.7km above the Earth's surface.