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How computing's first 'killer app' changed everything

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dan Bricklin, inventor of the first spreadsheet In 1978, a Harvard Business School student named Dan Bricklin was sitting in a classroom, watching his accounting lecturer filling in rows and columns on the blackboard. Every time the lecturer changed a figure, he had to work down and across the […]

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What went wrong at Jamie's Italian?

Image copyright PA “If Jamie can replicate this early Oxford form,” wrote the Guardian’s restaurant critic Matthew Norman in 2008, “he will soon be driving a prize herd of recession-proof cash cows across the land.” Norman was reviewing the first branch of what would become a country-wide franchise, designed, in Jamie Oliver’s own words, “with […]

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Maternity rights bill could make things worse, campaigner says

Image caption Jodie Brearley says the new law could make things “worse” for women A bill which aims to protect women’s jobs when they return to work after giving birth will have little impact, a pregnancy rights campaigner says. Politicians want to extend legal protection for women after learning one in nine mothers in Britain […]

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British Steel future hanging in the balance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn Scunthorpe, residents fear the town will “shut down” if British Steel collapses The future of 5,000 British Steel workers remains uncertain as its owners continue to lobby for government backing. The UK’s second-biggest steel maker had been trying to secure £75m in financial support to help […]

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TalkTalk data breach customer details found online

TalkTalk failed to inform 4,545 customers their personal information, including bank account details, were stolen as part of the 2015 data breach. Viewers contacted BBC Watchdog Live about concerns that their details had been breached by TalkTalk. But the company had told them that their details were not comprised. “The customer data referred to by […]

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Urban Outfitters to rent out clothing

Image copyright Getty Images The sharing economy is now making its way into the fashion industry as Urban Outfitters looks to rent clothes to younger fashionistas. The retailer is launching an online subscription service allowing people to borrow six items to wear for a month before swapping them. The firm says that in terms of […]

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Shoe giants urge Trump to end trade war

Image copyright Getty Images Some of the world’s biggest footwear firms are urging Donald Trump to end the US trade war with China, warning of a “catastrophic” effect on consumers. In a letter signed by 170 companies, including Nike and Adidas, they said the President’s decision to lift import tariffs to 25% will disproportionately impact […]

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Holidaymakers hit as pound slides

Image copyright Getty Images The pound has fallen to its lowest level for five months just as many UK holidaymakers get ready to head off for the late-May half-term break. Against the US dollar, the pound fell below $1.27 for the first time since January on Tuesday. It was also down slightly against the euro. […]

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What are the EU rules about state aid?

Image copyright AFP Trade unions have been calling for the government to help British Steel, which has asked for emergency financial support. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously said that Brexit could be an opportunity to pump more cash into British industry. He said that European Union (EU) rules restricted so-called “state aid”, so Brexit […]

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Jamie Oliver restaurant chains face collapse

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group is facing collapse, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk. Jamie’s Italian chain have lined up KPMG to handle an administration process, expected to be announced later. Conversations with employees at the chain are understood to be ongoing. As well as the Italian chain, the administration process would encompass […]

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Tesco Bank to stop offering new mortgages

Image copyright Getty Images Tesco Bank is stopping new mortgage lending and is looking for ways to sell its existing mortgage portfolio. The bank, which started offering mortgages in 2012, has more than 23,000 mortgage customers, who have total lending balances of £3.7bn. Tesco Bank chief Gerry Mallon said: “In recent years, challenging market conditions […]

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British Steel on verge of administration

Image copyright Getty Images British Steel is on the verge of administration as it continues to lobby for government backing, sources say. The UK’s second-biggest steel maker has been trying to secure £75m in financial support to help it to address “Brexit-related issues”. If the firm does not get the cash it would put 4,000 […]