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Govia Thameslink franchise 'not provided value for money'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Govia Thameslink said the challenges it faced had “sometimes been greater than expected” Passengers on Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services have suffered the worst rail disruption in the UK, according to a highly critical report. The National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK’s …

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Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts

Image copyright Getty Images Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed. It has contacted customers based in China, advising them to examine new terms and conditions. They include a clause that both Apple and the Chinese …

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Microsoft halts chip bug patch

Image caption Two major flaws in chips – Meltdown and Spectre – were discovered this month Microsoft has halted some patches for the Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs after AMD customers complained that the software updates froze their machines. The flaw in computer chips affects billions of PCs, smartphones and …

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Toyota and Mazda pick Alabama for $1.6bn US investment – reports

Image copyright EPA Image caption In August last year Toyota and Mazda agreed to establish a joint venture to produce 300,000 vehicles in the United States Japanese auto giants Toyota and Mazda have picked Alabama to build their new $1.6bn (£1.2bn) US factory, according to several reports. The firms revealed …

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UK boating industry buoyed by weak pound

Image copyright MiKe Jones The UK’s boat and yacht industry has seen revenues surge to their highest level since the financial crisis after the weaker pound helped drive up sales. Sales rose by 3.4% to £3.1bn in the year to April 2017, according to a report by lobby group British …

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Tesco aims to make dough out of fashion for veganism

Nick isn’t a vegan, but he is trying to cut down on dairy. So he has picked up a Fiery Tofu and Slaw sandwich from Tesco’s brand new vegan range for his lunch today. Tesco’s vegan meals-to-go – launched this week – aren’t flying off the shelf exactly, but there …

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Big designs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Anyone can jump in and design something really quickly,’ says Melanie When a 22-year-old Melanie Perkins nervously pitched her start-up idea to a Silicon Valley multi-millionaire she followed a novel if somewhat risky tactic. The university drop-out had flown all the way …

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First class

Image caption The award-winning Brilliant Club. developed for poor students in the UK, is being piloted in South Africa A project to get more disadvantaged youngsters in the UK to apply to leading universities is being applied to schools in South Africa’s townships. The Brilliant Club is an award-winning scheme …

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CES 2018: Kodak soars on KodakCoin and Bitcoin mining plans

Image caption Kodak is to rent out Bitcoin mining rigs to the public Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin. The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the …

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Brexit: EU 'surprised' at UK no-deal planning concerns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Davis has reportedly said the EU’s actions should not go “unchallenged” The EU has defended its right to make plans for a “no-deal” Brexit, amid UK fears firms may lose out as a result. David Davis has reportedly complained about EU guidance stating the …

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