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WIN gives YouTube streaming ultimatum
WIN gives YouTube streaming ultimatum

LONDON, UK: The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the body that represents the global independent music community gave YouTube 24 hours to withdraw threats over plans to launch a music streaming service.

23 May 2014

UNITED KINGDOM

UK tabloid's Coulson admits paying policeman
UK tabloid's Coulson admits paying policeman

LONDON - Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson admitted in court on Tuesday (22 April) to approving a payment to a royal policeman for information, despite warnings it could land him in jail.

23 Apr 2014

UNITED KINGDOM

JK Rowling is Robert Galbraith
JK Rowling is Robert Galbraith

LONDON UK: Harry Potter author JK Rowling on Wednesday (31 July) accepted a "substantial" donation to charity from the law firm which leaked the fact she had written a crime novel under a pseudonym.

2 Aug 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

European firms not willing to work with companies that suffer a data breach
European firms not willing to work with companies that suffer a data breach

LONDON, UK: Iron Mountain and PwC study reveals this view is often held by firms that expect to lose data themselves.

10 Jul 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

Google branded as 'evil' by lawmaker
Google branded as 'evil' by lawmaker

LONDON - A senior British lawmaker on Thursday (16 May) described Google as "evil" and accused the US internet company of unethically avoiding paying vast amounts of tax in Britain.

17 May 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

Google 'justifies' not paying taxes
Google 'justifies' not paying taxes

LONDON, UK: A top Google executive on Monday (22 April) insisted that the company's "key" role in developing Britain's electronic commerce should be taken into account in the row it faces over its controversial tax arrangements.

23 Apr 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

People with secret bank accounts exposed
People with secret bank accounts exposed

LONDON, UK: Millions of emails and leaked records from offshore tax havens have exposed the identities of thousands of holders of offshore accounts, including the family of the president of Azerbaijan and French President Francois Hollande's one-time campaign treasurer, The Guardian and Le Monde newspapers reported on Thursday (4 April).

5 Apr 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

British press get new watchdog
British press get new watchdog

LONDON, UK: British politicians said on Monday (18 March) they had reached a deal on a tough new system of newspaper self-regulation to rein in the excesses of the press revealed in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

19 Mar 2013

UNITED KINGDOM

Ilse du Plessis
Copyright and the world of online news

LONDON, UK / BERLIN, GERMANY / PARIS, FRANCE / BRASILIA, BRAZIL: The way in which we keep up with the news has changed greatly over the past decade. How many of us still buy a daily newspaper? Many of us opt to get our news from a variety of online sources.

By Ilse du Plessis 16 Jan 2013

FINLAND

Patent dispute - Nokia, Blackberry settle
Patent dispute - Nokia, Blackberry settle

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Finnish mobile giant Nokia said it was withdrawing all its lawsuits against Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) after reaching an agreement on patent licencing.

24 Dec 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

WikiLeaks files on 'every country' will be released in 2013

LONDON, UK: WikiLeaks will release one million documents next year affecting every country in the world, says founder Julian Assange in a speech delivered from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday (20 December).

22 Dec 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British newspapers

LONDON, UK: Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of a number of companies behind British newspapers The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, a News International spokeswoman said.

24 Jul 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

An extra life for the pre-owned games market?
An extra life for the pre-owned games market?

LONDON, UK: Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, with EA stating its intention to go 100% digital, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market.

By Verdict Comment 5 Jul 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Google's new privacy policy in the spotlight
Google's new privacy policy in the spotlight

LONDON, UK: Scheduled to come into effect on March 1, Google's much publicised new Privacy Policy and terms, which it says will give users better search results, ads and improve their experience overall, have come under scrutiny from the European Union's (EU) data protection authorities.

9 Feb 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

UK law firms under pressure
UK law firms under pressure

LONDON, UK: Law firms in the United Kingdom will see continued downward pressure on profitability from market conditions and regulatory changes, a recent PwC survey shows.

17 Nov 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Piracy continues to scupper sales in home entertainment
Piracy continues to scupper sales in home entertainment

LONDON, US: Woes in the home entertainment market continue, largely as a result of consumer reluctance to spend with entertainment retailers, say analysts at Verdict Research (one of the Datamonitor group of companies) in a new report on the global home entertainment market.

9 Nov 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

Corporate insolvency trends reflect the continuing fragile economy
Corporate insolvency trends reflect the continuing fragile economy

LONDON, UK: PwC analysis of today's national corporate insolvency statistics found that 5393 companies entered insolvency in the third quarter of 2011 - this is an increase of 7.4% on the same quarter of 2010 but a decrease of 2.1% compared to the previous quarter of 2011.

7 Nov 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

UK insolvencies up, but overall trend positive
UK insolvencies up, but overall trend positive

LONDON, UK: Personal insolvencies show small rise, but overall trend is a continuing fall in numbers as British consumers watch the pennies,

10 Aug 2011

UNITED KINGDOM

PwC comments on insurance impacts of UK riots
PwC comments on insurance impacts of UK riots

LONDON, UK: Commenting on the insurance impacts of the UK riots, Mohammad Khan, partner at PwC, said: "It's difficult to put a value on the cost of the damage as the scope and scale is still changing but, in relative terms, the financial impact on insurers will be small. There may be some specific increases in premium for the worst affected areas but, for customers nationwide, there is also too much competition for these events to have a significant impact.

10 Aug 2011