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In the dog house

Image caption Gwen Bailey with her seven-month-old Vizsla, Otto Move into your dream home and the dog immediately chews the new sofa. The result: more stress which, according to an expert, was probably the cause of the furniture destruction in the first place. “Dogs will pick up on your stress …

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Amazon apologises for 'threats' to customer

Image copyright Michael Jacobson Amazon has apologised to a customer who was emailed what he felt were “coded death threats” by a call centre worker. Michael Jacobson received five book recommendations including Death, Follow You Home and Suicide’s An Option, he told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours. “We have …

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Apple faces lawsuits over slowed iPhones

Image copyright Getty Images Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the US following the tech giant’s admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Apple has said that it did this to “prolong the life” of the devices and maximise diminishing …

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Bitcoin loses more than a third of value over a week

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin continues to give its investors a volatile ride. This week it has lost more than a third of its value from its record high of nearly $20,000. On Friday, the cryptocurrency’s price fell below $11,000, according to the Coindesk exchange website, before recovering to about …

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Steel pensions: Stephen Kinnock calls for flexibility

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are 122,000 current and retired steelworkers facing a decision The UK government must take action to stop thousands of steelworkers being transferred into a pension scheme that offers them fewer benefits, says an MP. Friday is the deadline over whether or not to …

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Ladbrokes Coral bought by online rival GVC

Image copyright Getty Images Gambling giant Ladbrokes Coral has agreed to be bought by online rival GVC in a deal worth up to £4bn. Under the deal, shareholders in GVC – which owns the Bwin, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo brands – will hold 53.5% of the combined group. Ladbrokes Coral …

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UK incomes see sluggish growth

Image copyright Getty Images Real disposable incomes in the UK grew just 0.2% in the third quarter of 2017 as the weak pound continued to fuel inflation, official figures indicate. Consumer spending went up 1% in the July-to-September period, the lowest rise for more than five years, the Office for …

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South Korea's Lotte Group founder jailed for embezzlement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lotte Group founder and patriarch Shin Kyuk-ho is free on health grounds, pending an appeal A South Korean court has sentenced the 95 year old founder of Lotte Group to four years in prison for embezzlement. Shin Kyuk-ho was indicted last year, along with three …

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MPs call for curbs on plastic bottles and packaging

Image copyright Getty Images People should pay a deposit for using plastic bottles in an attempt to protect the seas from plastic pollution, MPs say. The government’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) also wants free public drinking water fountains. And it says firms using plastic packaging should pay more for the …

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The Christmas glitch

Image copyright Getty Images Although the rush to connect everything from toys to toothbrushes, cars to sex toys, and any number of household appliances to the internet, seems inexorable, there is little regulation protecting your cyber-security. Not surprising then that there has been a raft of stories this year highlighting …