Friday, 23 June 2017

Business

Setback for Uber as EU court advised to treat it as transport firm

UBER

PARIS: Uber faces the biggest challenge yet to its European roll-out after the region’s top court was advised to rule that the U.S. ride-hailing firm is actually a transport service not an app. Although the opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (ECJ) Advocate General Maciej Szpunar ...

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Brexit won’t stop Asia from investing in the UK

BREXIT

LONDON: For most Asian property investor, the UK has been one of the most desirable additions to their portfolio and according to the latest figures, this isn’t going to change any time soon. Research from property investment firm JLL reveals that neither the Brexit uncertainty nor the somewhat rushed snap ...

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Massive phishing attack targets millions of Gmail, Google docs users

GMAIL UNDERATTACK

LONDON: An unusually sophisticated identity phishing campaign appeared to target Google’s roughly 1 billion Gmail users worldwide, seeking to gain control of their entire email histories and spread itself to all of their contacts, Google confirmed Wednesday. The worm – which arrived in users’ inboxes posing as an email from ...

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The Eagles sue Hotel California

Hotel-California

PARIS: The Eagles have filed a lawsuit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name “Hotel California,” arguably the band’s most famous song, without permission. In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur “actively encourage” ...

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Apple in talks to launch money-transfer service

APPLE PAY

PARIS: Apple Inc has held talks with payments industry partners about launching a money-transfer service. The service will allow iPhone owners to transfer money digitally to other iPhone users, citing sources familiar with the talks. Apple will announce the new service later this year, one source told Recode, while another ...

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Tickets on sale for first non-stop Perth to London flight

Qantas

LONDON: Passengers hoping to travel on Qantas’ first direct flight between Perth and London will pay a “very competitive” $2270 for a return economy fare, The West Australian can reveal. Qantas is expected to be overwhelmed by demand for the 18-hour, nonstop service when the flights go on sale from ...

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Brexit: Farmers to Use Machines to Make Up for Loss of EU Workers

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LONDON: Robots will fill the void left by EU nationals once Brexit kicks in, farming experts have said. A new generation of robots are being readied to fill a labor shortage on Britain’s farms, which is expected post-Brexit. The robot, called Thorvald, has been designed for unskilled tasks. According to sources, Thorvald has already altered ...

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Uber secretly tagged users even after they deleted the app

A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016. 
Ride-sharing cab service Uber on October 28 lost a British tribunal case brought by drivers demanding basic workers' rights, in a decision that could affect thousands of workers. / AFP / DANIEL SORABJI        (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier in the year, it came to light that Uber illegally used a software-based programme dubbed as “Hell” to spy on its rival Lyft for two long years (between 2014 and 2016). The secret programme helped Uber access its rival’s private information, including the number of drivers available in a ...

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UK govt sells green bank in £2.3 billion deal

green bank

LONDON: The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), created by the British government to fund environmental projects, is to be sold to Australian financial services firm Macquarie Group in a £2.3 billion deal, the government said. Under the deal, worth $2.6 billion (2.7 billion euros), Macquarie has vowed to invest at ...

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Vijay Mallya laundered money to British cos, India tells UK

Vijay-Mallya

NEW DELHI: Indian investigators feel there is a strong chance of bringing Vijay Mallya back to India as documents shared by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with the UK government claim the controversial tycoon laundered money from banks in India to “British companies“ and “bank accounts“ in the UK.The ED’s findings ...

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