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Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for urgent action to tackle poor mobile phone coverage. Lord Adonis has written to the telecoms regulator Ofcom urging it to take action to deal with the issue. It follows a report that one million homes have poor broadband and …

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Ryanair pilots suspend pre-Christmas strike

Ryanair’s Ireland-based pilots have suspended a strike planned for Wednesday after the airline signalled a climbdown over union recognition. The no-frills carrier had announced on Friday it would, for the first time in its 32-year history, agree to independent representation for its pilots as the Impact union had demanded. …

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Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchange

Bitcoin has moved another step towards mainstream investing with the start of trading on the huge Chicago Mercantile Exchange financial futures market.It comes as the value of the digital currency approached $20,000 on Sunday, before drifting below $19,000.Last week, Chicago’s CBOE exchange began Bitcoin futures trading – bets on …

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Twitter brings in new rules to reduce hate

Twitter is enforcing new rules on abuse from today, aimed at reducing hateful content on the social media platform. The new guidelines covering abuse, hateful conduct, violence and physical harm were announced last month. A new rule regarding violence will also take into account activity offline – forbidding users …

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'Scrap the wrap' on supermarket cucumbers

A member of the House of Lords is calling on the Government to force supermarkets to scrap “unnecessary” plastic wrapping on vegetables, specifically cucumbers. Lord Hayward says UK supermarkets should follow other European supermarkets which he says offer customers a larger selection of vegetables unwrapped. The Cucumber Growers Association …

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IPPR proposes creation of ‘shared market’ for UK and EU

A think tank is proposing a post-Brexit trading deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other’s markets.It would see the UK and EU continuing the regulatory alignment that exists today, and the formation of a new customs union similar to the existing one, the centre-left IPPR …

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Ryanair pilots in Ireland suspend strike plans

Ryanair pilots have suspended a pre-Christmas one-day strike, union bosses have announced.The Impact union, which represents Irish-based pilots, has agreed to meet Ryanair’s management on Tuesday ahead of the planned action on Wednesday.It follows Ryanair’s decision on Friday to recognise unions, in a bid to avert strikes across its …

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