Ofcom Opens Soft War on Paid-For Email Addresses

Ofcom has sent a letter to the likes of TalkTalk and BT, asking the ISPs to justify the way they charge former customers for continuing to use the free email addresses provided when they switch broadband providers. Read More >>

Review Says Tuition Fees Should be Cut to [Still Loads of Money]

The latest review into our educational system has said that tuition fees for university study should be capped at a lower level, proposing a limit of £7,500 per year on the cost of earning a degree that won't be used for anything unless you turn out to be a teacher. Read More >>

Europe’s Competition Police to Examine Spotify/Apple Fight

Spotify's complaint against Apple appears to be being taken seriously within the corridors of the European Commission, with the Financial Times saying the EC is about to launch a full competition inquiry over the music streamer's claim that Apple is restricting the business opportunities of its rivals. Read More >>

Uber Refunds £25 Cleaning Fee for Picking up Dropped Chip

That picture there shows an incredibly valuable chip, a chip that cost its owner £25 because she dropped it in the back of an Uber vehicle when returning from a night out. Read More >>

Clampdown on Bank Overdraft Fees Could Save £2.4bn

The Financial Conduct Authority is introducing new regulations covering bank overdrafts, bringing in the end of higher rate fees for accidentally dipping over any agreed overdraft limit. The hope is it'll lower the £2.4bn the banks make in fees each year, with 30 per cent of that coming from high charges for unarranged overdrafts. Read More >>

Facebook Cuts Fundraising Fees for ‘Personal Causes’ Like Surgeries and School Supplies

Facebook is changing its tune when it comes to fees and fundraisers. The company announced in a blog post today that it will eliminate its “platform fees” for all personal fundraisers “in the coming weeks,” after charging users a 6.9 percent fee plus an additional $0.30 to run various types of personal crowdfunding campaigns on the platform, including for medical issues and other emergencies. Read More >>

Why Everyone Is Mad at Patreon Now

Over the past four years Patreon has grown to become the de facto funding model for independent creators online—a platform where supporters pledge small monthly recurring donations that better support an enduring career instead of the need Kickstarter or GoFundMe’s per-project setup fills. But an overhaul of its fee structure announced yesterday has creators furious and patrons leaving in droves. Read More >>

Google and Facebook Could Set up Universities Under Government Reforms

Changes to the UK's education system will make it easier for private companies to start up universities and create bespoke qualifications, meaning that one day soon we may have degrees in generating content and courses in successfully engaging with audiences via Google and Facebook. Read More >>

PayPal Has to Pay £16 Million for Being Dodgy as Hell

After US financial authorities filed a complaint against PayPal yesterday, the company quickly agreed to refund $15 million (£9.6m) to customers it ripped off over the past few years. Read More >>

Would a £10 GP Appointment Fee Save or Destroy the NHS?

Members of the Royal College of Nursing are debating a massively controversial move. They're wondering if they should support charging an appointment fee to see a GP, a tricky move that could either weed out the hypochondriacs or see people delaying or avoiding a critical trip to the doctor. Read More >>

“No Change” Parking Meters Rake in Bonus £300k in a Year

Cornwall Council has been having a whale of a time ripping off tourists and locals, with its "no change" parking meters taking over £300,000 in excess parking fees thanks to a decision to stop handing out change. The cost of maintaining the float and an increased risk of vandalism in cash-carrying machines are the excuses for the windfall. [BBC] Read More >>

BBC Boss Wants iPlayer Freeloaders to Prove They Have a TV Licence

People who avoid having a licence fee in order to do all their BBC watching on iPlayer should still be required to pay the charge, says director general Tony Hall, hinting that a PIN-protected iPlayer for fee-payers only may be on the cards. Read More >>

Office of Fair Trading Gives Developers Two Months to End Shady In-App Purchases Practises

The Office of Fair Trading wants UK app developers to comply with new guidelines put in place to protect parents from the dread of in-app purchases, with the threat of legal action if they fail to make it easier to stop kids racking up £1,000 on buying new hair for virtual teddies. Read More >>

Government May Cut Parking Fines to Kill Council’s Cash Cows

Minor parking rule breaches might soon be treated with equally minor financial penalties, with the government said to be thinking of asking councils to lower the minimum fixed fees levied on tiny driving offences like spending five minutes too long trudging around your depressed high street. Read More >>