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What Britain Really Gets From EU Membership

As European leaders get ready to negotiate the EU budget at a summit in Brussels on Thursday, Britain is debating whether membership in the bloc …

Silvio Berlusconi 'knew' about tax fraud, says High Court judge

The high court judge who upheld Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction provoked a political furore on Tuesday when he defended the decision, saying the former prime minister knew about the crime.<p>Antonio Esposito, the presiding judge, was one of five who last week upheld <b>Mr Berlusconi</b>'s one-year …

The EU’s standoff with Hungary shows that there is little agreement on how European institutions can intervene in the policies of national governments

<i>Since the 2010 election of the</i> <i>Fidesz government in Hungary, the EU has become concerned about its increasingly aggressive nationalist turn, including</i> …

High price of advice: £1,500 to invest £50,000

A trade body says independent financial advisers' charges are stable after an overhaul of the industry, but costs are still likely to deter investors.<p>Advice on how to invest a lump sum, or make modest contributions into a pension, can cost well over £1,000, according to the latest research.<p>The …

Buy-to-let fuels house price boom

Britain's buy-to-let mortgage market has surged to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crash, prompting fears that a prolonged period of cheap money is setting off an unsustainable housing boom.<p>Lending to landlords topped £5bn in the past three months, a period that preceded the Bank of …

How Much You Should Save for Retirement, Based on 139 Years of Data

With the stock market constantly rising and falling, it’s hard to predict what kind of luck you’ll have when you retire and how much you should be …

Broadband and landline switching 'to be easier'

<b>A new bank-style switching service that should make it easier for some people to change phone and broadband providers is to be introduced in the UK.</b><p>Regulator Ofcom wants a system where a customer only needs to contact the new provider in order to switch. That firm will then deal with the whole …

Telecoms

Pick of the best credit cards

Halifax has fired the latest shot in the battle to offer the best credit card, increasing the interest-free period on both balance transfers and new purchases to 15 months on its All in One Credit Card.<p>The bank doesn't come close to offering the longest 0% deal – that honour still goes to …

Hotel rates could fall after competition inquiry

<b>Cheaper hotel rooms could be offered by booking websites after an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into agreements between hotels and online travel agents.</b><p>The OFT looked at allegations that Expedia and Booking.com had a pact with Intercontinental Hotels not to undercut its …

Could you be a part time entrepreneur? How to make money on the side with a pop-up, website or even just green fingers

By<p>Published: 02:36 EDT, 9 August 2013 | Updated: 10:53 EDT, 9 August 2013<p>e-mail<p><b>96</b> shares<p>28View<br>comments<p>Have you put dreams of starting a business on …

Entrepreneurship

Gigantic mortgage fees mar historically low interest rates

Borrowers are being urged to beware of sky-high fees attached to low-rate mortgages as the war for top spot in the best buy tables gathers pace.<p>Banks and building societies are offering historically low rates as a result of access to cheap money under the Funding for Lending scheme. However, with …

Rule Britannia: Five share tips to take advantage of a UK recovery

By<p>Published: 03:36 EDT, 10 August 2013 | Updated: 11:20 EDT, 18 September 2013<p>e-mail<p>14View<br>comments<p>Economists and analysts have started sounding less …

UK wages fall among sharpest in EU

The value of UK workers' wages has suffered one of the sharpest falls in the EU, House of Commons library figures show.<p>The 5.5% reduction in average hourly wages since mid-2010, adjusted for inflation, means British workers have felt the squeeze more than those in countries hit by the eurozone …

8 Best Free Tools for Internet Security

If you're one of those Internet users helping to make "password" the most popular online password for the umpteenth year in a row, you desperately …

7 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

Apps You Don't Want To Miss 8/10/13<p>Disney Animated<p>Instagram<p>LinkedIn<p>Toon Hero<p>WhatsApp<p>Twitter<p>Facebook for Android and BlackBerry<p>It can be tough to keep …

Commercial Break Lets You Know When Commercials Are Ending

iPhone: Nobody really likes commercials, but if you choose to do something productive with them, Commercial Break can warn you when it's time to get …

Cydia Tweak: LockBar Pro Offers Control Center-Style Toggles For iOS 6

One forthcoming jailbreak tweak, LockBar Pro, offers jailbreakers a Control Center-style toggle interface for iOS 6-powered iDevices. Though LockBar …

TwitchTV For iOS Updated With New Channels, Redesigned Chat And More

TwitchTV has recently received a major update that includes new channels plus a number of notable improvements. Released back in October 2011, …

We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas

Safe fracking will cut energy bills and create wealth without ruining precious countryside, writes David Cameron<p>Fracking has become a national debate in Britain – and it’s one that I’m determined to win. If we don’t back this technology, we will miss a massive opportunity to help families with …

Delayed in Majorca for 16 hours because of plane fault, but Monarch refuses to compensate passengers

Delayed in Majorca for 16 hours because of faulty plane but Monarch refuses to compensate passengers<p>By<p>Published: 03:49 EDT, 10 August 2013 | Updated: …

Why AirAsia's Entry Is Good For India's Aviation Sector

Low-fare airline boss Tony Fernandes, who has transformed flying in Southeast Asia with his Malaysia-headquartered AirAsia, was at his audacious best on a recent visit to India where he is to launch AirAsia India. He carped about Indian rules that required airlines to operate international flights …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …

How Samsung's Profit Compares To Apple's

When Samsung reported earnings for the same quarter a few weeks ago, it posted $8.33 billion in operating profit, although didn't provide net profit numbers.<p>Apple did post strong iPhone sales numbers for last quarter. It sold 31 million units, a record for the June quarter. But it missed …

Profit

South Korea economic growth beats forecasts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/997000/997573_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532556638_03a323dc137cefc6a74829794d89b49c<p><b>South Korea's economy grew by more than forecast in the April to June period, boosted by a jump in domestic consumption and government …

Economics

Malaysia’s rich natural resources are standing in the way of an Arab Spring

A long time corrupt, disconnected ruling party? Check. Contentious elections? Check. Allegations of voter fraud? Check. Ethnic and religious fault lines? Check. On the surface, two months after the closest election in Malaysian history, one in which the opposition coalition actually received more …

Palm Oil

Cambodia economy defies global trend but challenges remain

<b>Some of the world's leading economies are seeing a slowdown in growth - dragging down the global economy with them.</b><p>But here in Asia, Cambodia - which goes to the polls on 28 July in a general election - is one country that has been defying the trend.<p>The South East Asian economy saw its growth pick …

Asia

Samsung overtakes Apple as 'most profitable phone firm'

<b>Samsung has become the most profitable mobile phone company in the world, overtaking Apple, a report says.</b><p>Samsung's handset division had an estimated operating profit of $5.2bn (£3.4bn) in the second quarter of 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.<p>Apple's iPhone operating profit was estimated at …

Profit

Samsung Reaches Biggest Smartphone Lead Over Apple Since First iPhone Launched In 2007

In all the talk of smartphone saturation, Samsung is gradually pulling ahead of arch rival Apple. New industry figures from Strategy Analytics show that Samsung shipped 2.4 times more smartphones worldwide than Apple in the second quarter, up from 1.9 times in the first quarter of 2013 and the …

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