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Ford to install Google’s Android operating system in most cars from 2023

Google and Ford have signed a deal under which the Android operating system will be installed in most of the US carmaker’s vehicles in the latest sign of technology companies’ interest in the automotive sector. Ford will start installing Android in all its cars outside China from 2023 for at least six years. Google, owned […]

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Hargreaves Lansdown reports rise in half-year profits amid influx of new investors

Britain’s largest retail investment company, Hargreaves Lansdown, has reported a rise in half-year profits as vaccine hopes and the US election result prompted an influx of younger clients looking to invest in stock markets. The broker said it had attracted £3.2bn worth of new business and another 84,000 clients since June, as the Covid outbreak […]

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Private jet hire firm Wheels Up to go public in $2.1bn deal

Wheels Up, a private jet hire company backed by Serena Williams and Lance Armstrong, has announced plans to go public in a deal that will value the business at $2.1bn (£1.5bn). The company, which its founder describes as the “Uber of the sky”, said it had agreed a deal to float on the New York […]

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UK betting faces bigger threats than losing its sport shirts

The long-awaited government review of Britain’s gambling laws is well and truly under way, with renewed warnings in recent days that the logos of betting firms are to be banned from the shirts of Premier League footballers and other sports stars. As the Guardian has previously reported, the gambling industry is now facing the prospect […]

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Campaign launches calling for right to request flexible working from first day

A campaign is being launched to give people the right to request flexible working from the first day in a job, after research suggested divisions in how employees are treated. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents human resources professionals, said the shift to working at home because of the coronavirus crisis […]

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Brexit ‘teething problems’ endemic and could ruin us, say UK businesses

It was billed as a deal that would secure tariff-free access to the EU, that “sunlit uplands” would follow initial disruption to trade. But one month since the Brexit trade deal came into force, businesses are warning that the “teething problems” Boris Johnson described in a visit to Scotland last week are in fact symptomatic […]

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Wealthy home workers retreat to their sheds

In the midst of yet another national lockdown, Brits appear to be taking refuge in the most British of places: the garden shed. For wealthy home workers looking to put a bit of space between themselves and the office, the garden path has become the new commute. Since the beginning of the pandemic, shed sellers […]