Facebook agrees to settle Cambrige Analytica fine

Facebook has dropped its year-long appeal against a £500, 000 fine imposed by the UK’s data watchdog for its failure to protect users’ information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, without accepting any admission of liability. The payment comes amidst intense scrutiny of Facebook’s role in the democratic process, with a fresh dispute emerging over the…

Snap General election approved for December 12

MPs last night overwhelmingly voted to end the Brexit paralysis at Westminster and put the issue back to the people, setting a general election for December 12, 2019. Boris Johnson’s plan to hold a pre-Christmas election was approve by 438 votes to 20, after Labour finally agreed to drop its opposition to an early poll,…

1, 400 WhatsApp account hacked

 Over 100  Human rights activists, journalists, prominent lawyers, religious figures and political dissidents had their smartphones hacked by spyware that  exploited the vulnerability in WhatsApp, according to the Facebook owned messaging service in May 2019. The victims of the attack were only contacted by WhatsApp yesterday. Their smartphones were targeted through WhatsApp’s call function by…

Google’s search engine growth slowing down?

Google’s search engine growth is slowing down at an alarming rate according to the technology company as paid clicks on advertisements –crucial to Google’s revenues- were up just 1 per cent in the third quarter of this year compared with previous three months after decades of double digit growth suggesting that the users are increasingly…

Pumpkin soup for Halloween

PENNY’S PUMPKIN SOUP for HALLOWEEN TWENTY NINETEEN. The ingredients are oh so simple for this warming soup and it is up to you if you choose to include finely chopped onions or leave them completely out. What you do need is preferably a hand held electric soup wizzer, a good mashing implement or a liquidiser.…

Grenfell report balmes LFB

An official report into Grenfell disaster blamed London  Fire Brigade  and said “ if the LFB had not suffered  serious shortcomings and systemic failures in its response,  fewer people wold have died”. The 1000-page damning report  accuses Danyh Cotton the LfB’s commissioner of remarkable insensitivity  after she gave testimony insisting she would have done nothing…

Keith Vaz faces six month suspension

Keith Vaz, former chair of the Commons Home Affairs-committee, is facing a six-month suspension from parliament after an inquiry found “compelling” evidence  he offered to procure class A drugs for other people. The Labour MP, who has represented Leicester East since 1087, resigned from the committee three years ago, after a newspaper exposé claimed he…

Soho House with $100m fundraising joins $2bn price club

Soho House, the hotel and members’ club chain, has been valued at $2bn after raising $100m  to help double its global footprint to 50 venues over the next four years. Nick Jones, founder and CEO said, “Expansion is definitely ramping up. We have the infrastructure to do it and we have the appetite People love…

Barclay brothers inject half a million pounds

The Barclay brothers David and Frederick Barclay,  are pumping half a billion pounds into their ailing empire during a two-year cash-crunch at business that span the Telegraph newspaper and online retailer  Shop Direct. The billionaire twins, who have turned 85 ye sterday, have spent £325m supporting operations in the past 18 months  face a new…

French Luxury group LVMH pounces on Tiffany with a $14.5bn takeover bid

Tiffany is expected to rebuff an unsolicited $14.5bn takeover approach from Bernard Arnault’s French luxury group LVMH. Tiffany’s adviser were yesterday still examining the surprise indicative offer from LVMH, the world’s largest luxury group by sales. The all-cash offer came earlier this month which pitches Tiffany shares at $120 per share at that time. Shares…