Other people's business


If fracking is just oil which needs tax breaks to compete, what's the point?
By Alex Hern - 19 July 13:19

If George Osborne likes expensive energy, at least renewables are carbon neutral.

Are the Tories tipping into anti-business rhetoric?
By Richard Cree - 19 July 11:05

The government announces more regulation business won't like.

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Snapchat pivots from privacy to publicity
By Bithia Large - 19 July 10:45

It has a sexting image and a privacy problem, but can the app kill two birds with one stone?

Don't stop donating blood just because the government's sold the plasma service
By Alex Hern - 19 July 9:15

The company doesn't have anything to do with UK donor blood.

Right message, wrong time
By Nick Beecroft - 18 July 17:09

It's precisely the wrong moment for central bankers to say they’re unimpressed.

World Bank moves to limit funding for coal generation
By Alex Hern - 18 July 9:44

The Bank has shifted away from coal power, and is trying to encourage developing nations to do the same.

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Sport was never "only a game"
By Martin Cloake - 18 July 9:39

This summer, it's sport that has made us human.

Medical futurology is no excuse for the UK's organ failures
By Michael Brooks - 18 July 8:51

A mouse with a human liver is extraordinary indeed, but we should do better with what science has provided.

The Sleep of Reason.
Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary: Sleep is a standing affront to capitalism
By Steven Poole - 18 July 7:45

When hungry digital companies measure success in "eyeballs" is sleep the last remaining zone of dissidence, of anti-productivity and even of solidarity?

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The EU caps fees on Visa and MasterCard
By Douglas Blakey - 17 July 15:14

A certain feeling of déjà vue.

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Teaching economics teaches young people who to blame for their problems
By Michael Grimes - 17 July 15:07

No wonder Michael Gove wants to stop doing it.

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Five questions answered on the recent fall in unemployment
By Heidi Vella - 17 July 13:58

Down by 57,000 to 2.51 million.

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Real wages down and unemployment stubbornly high, but could that be good news?
By Alex Hern - 17 July 10:13

Unemployment's fall has stopped, but that could signal a recovery in productivity.

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"A disregard for the proper use of taxpayers money"
By Raymond Doherty - 17 July 10:09

The PAC on Richard Alderman: business quote of the day.

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Serco's troubles spread to the US
By Alex Hern - 17 July 9:07

The company is facing questioning over an Obamacare contract thanks to its problems in the UK.

The housing crisis is pricing workers out of ever more of Britain
By Vidhya Alakeson - 16 July 15:37

Renting is now more expensive than owning with a mortgage in 44 per cent of all local authorities, but for many families it is the only option.

Women offered as perks in a job ad
By Alex Hern - 16 July 11:39

Geek misogyny, take a bow. Then leave.

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What price bread in Egypt?
By Elizabeth Stephens - 16 July 11:05

Moving from an "autocracy of bread" to a "democracy of bread".

NHS report author says claim of "13,000 needless deaths" is a misrepresentation
By George Eaton - 16 July 10:40

Bruce Keogh, the author of the report into 14 NHS trusts, writes: "Don’t believe everything you read, particularly in some newspapers."

The Sunday Times and David Hunt: we still need big media
By Dominic Ponsford - 16 July 10:32

Exposing big wrongs is expensive.

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CPI increases, squeezing wages further
By Alex Hern - 16 July 10:10

Inflation up, real wages down.

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Guys, come on, we all know newspapers are doomed
By Spencer Neal - 16 July 10:02

Why are headlines trying to persuade us otherwise?

The Great British seaside reinvention
By Felicity Cloake - 16 July 8:18

It’s all very well getting misty-eyed about steamy-windowed seaside caffs serving up crab sandwiches and pots of tea but the reality is that the crab was always tinned and the teapot always leaked.

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The map which explains why Boris Johnson wants to close Heathrow
By Alex Hern - 15 July 14:17

It must be political, because it certainly isn't economic.

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Five questions answered on the benefits cap roll out
By Heidi Vella - 15 July 13:42

How much is the government actually going to save?

We need to talk about the British property cult
By Spencer Neal - 15 July 13:36

Something should be done about the housing crisis before it's too late.