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The Dark Knight: my most overrated film

Christopher Nolan wows audiences with verve, but multiple plots packed like sardines in a tin and a humourless superhero make this Batman film leaden viewing, writes Alex Hess<p>How Peter Bradshaw reviewed The Dark Knight in 2008 More most overrated films<p>You certainly can’t fault Christopher Nolan for …

A Billionaire Explains Why You'll Be Giving Apple Your Money Forever

Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn bets you'll never stop upgrading your iPhone<p>Investor Carl Icahn's open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook is mostly getting …

MMA fighter beats opponent, pulls off the most awesome troll face ever

You might not know much about fighter Takuya Eizumi, but he should definitely be your new favourite sportsman ever. Like seriously…<p>The Mixed Martial …

Interest rate fears put brakes on sales

Shoppers put the brakes on spending last month amid concerns over the potential for higher interest rates, a retail industry report suggests.<p>The latest retail sales index from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG showed that like-for-like sales fell 0.8% compared with a year ago, with total sales …

Microsoft CEO: 'Until we really change culturally, no renewal happens'

Microsoft must change.<p>Microsoft should focus on its core—and Xbox isn’t it.<p>Microsoft has to differentiate itself in the marketplace, and productivity …

Payday firms face cap on charges as FCA acts to curb profits

City watchdog to set out details of an industry consultation which will lead to a cap being in place by the start of next year<p>The financial regulator is preparing to impose a cap on the excessive levels of interest charged by payday lenders in a bid to ease fears about profits in the sector.<p>The …

Investing

Google buys music service Songza to take on Apple and Beats

Smart playlist curation is suddenly worth a lot of money<p>Google announced today that it's acquiring the streaming-music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. Over the coming months it will be integrating the company's smart playlist creation into Google Play Music and perhaps YouTube. Songza will …

Goldman Sachs Gender Discrimination Lawsuit: 7 Damning Claims, From Sexual Assault To Hiring Hookers, Outlined In Court Documents

A number of former female employees at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) filed court documents Tuesday supporting the certification of a gender …

5 Brilliant Spoofs of the Opening to Game of Thrones

<i>Simon Columb with five brilliant spoofs of the opening to Game of Thrones…</i><p>It’s been over a week since the Season Four finale of <b>Game of Thrones</b>. Heads …

How Phil Neville might sound commentating on a Game Of Thrones fight

<b>Poor Phil Neville has received a bit of stick for his ‘monotone’ commentary after England’s World Cup defeat to Italy, so one internet prankster has</b> …

Criminal Charges Filed Against Credit Suisse Over Tax Evasion — Bank Expected To Plead Guilty

The Swiss bank is expected to plead guilty.<p>The bank has been charged with a conspiracy count in a case alleging that they helped U.S. citizens evade taxes.

Watch the Honest Trailer for Game of Thrones

With the fourth season of the epic fantasy series upon us, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to the hit HBO show <b>Game of Thrones</b> …

MPs shed doubt on George Osborne's tax-avoidance blitz

Treasury Select Committee says Treasury calculations of potential income are "inherently extremely uncertain"<p>George Osborne's plans to raise billions of pounds from a clampdown on tax avoidance face "great uncertainty" and must be reviewed, according to an influential group of MPs.<p>The Chancellor …

Investing

Accounting and taxes guide: As simple as ABC

However, once the initial excitement of entrepreneurship wears off, it becomes apparent that it’s no walk in the park. The basics must be set up …

UK to surpass pre-crisis levels earlier than expected, says BCC

BCC upgrades its forecasts for growth to 2.8pc this year and 2.5pc next year<p>Britain's strengthening recovery will see the economy surpass its pre-crisis peak earlier than expected, according to two leading business bodies, with private-sector optimism now stronger than all other advanced …

Economics

Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%

In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled, from less than 10% in the 1970s to over 20% today (pdf). A similar pattern is true of other English-speaking countries. Contrary to the widely-held view, however, globalisation and new technologies …

I’ve been a tax exile for seven years, says Branson

Virgin chief confesses to love affair with his Caribbean home<p>Sir Richard Branson admitted yesterday he had been a tax exile for seven years but denied the move had been influenced by money, rather a love affair with Necker, the Caribbean island he has owned for 34 years.<p>Britain’s best-known …

How eating dog became big business in Vietnam http://t.gu.com/ph2ih Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi's top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market

Watch Christian Bale audition for Batman in Val Kilmer's Batsuit

With <b>The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition</b> set to hit shelves in the States this coming Tuesday (September 24th), Warner Bros. has …

Almost half small firms loans rejected

Nearly half of all small businesses applying for a loan recently have been turned away by their bank, despite the Bank of England providing billions of pounds to lenders to encourage them to support SMEs.<p>A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) of more than 2,000 of its members, found …

Bank of England

Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile phone arm in €5.4bn deal

Microsoft is to acquire Nokia's mobile phone business in a €5.44bn (£4.61bn) deal which will see the Finnish company's chief executive Stephen Elop join the software giant.<p>The <b>deal gives Microsoft access to Nokia's smartphones</b> and its design team as it struggles to compete against rivals after …

Mobile

The beautiful, the daring and the crazy dresses on the red carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards: http://bit.ly/16JTIHR

Warner Bros. announced that Affleck will play Batman in the next Superman movie tentatively called 'Batman vs. Superman.' Fans are not happy with the choice and voiced their concern on the web. http://bit.ly/1f7IRZY

Watch the X-Men: Days of Future Past Comic-Con footage

Last month at the San Diego Comic-Con International, Bryan Singer gave fans in attendance at Hall H a sneak peek at next year’s mutant sequel <b>X-Men:</b> …

Chuck Palahniuk updates us on his Fight Club graphic novel sequel

One of the more surprising stories to come out of this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con was the news that Chuck Palahniuk is planning a graphic novel …

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in the In Time trailer

<b>The first trailer for sci-fi thriller In Time has landed online.</b><p>Andrew Niccol ( <i>Gattaca</i> ) directs, with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian …

Justin Timberlake

Huawei shuns notion of Nokia buyout

<b>Update:</b> Despite the hoopla, Huawei wants to be clear that there are no concrete plans to pick up Nokia at the moment.<p>Speaking with Reuters, Bill …

Risky Innovation: Will Starbucks’s Leap Of Faith Pay Off?

The world’s largest coffeehouse chain regularly launches products before they’re perfect. Why does such a risky approach to innovation work so well?<p>In late March, as Starbucks was preparing to introduce its first offer on Groupon, the daily-deal service, the coffee chain’s chief digital officer, …

Treasury ousts RBS chief executive Stephen Hester

Stephen Hester is to step down as chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland following intervention from the Treasury.<p>Mr Hester, who has run RBS since the height of the financial crisis in November 2008, has been asked to depart to allow the sale of the Government’s 81pc stake in the bank by the …

Investing

From zero to half-a-billion: CEO Jeff Lawson writes the perfect story for Twilio

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>It was almost five years ago when I sat down with Jeff Lawson to talk about his vision for Twilio, and how he wanted to offer …