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Bankers Hoard Cobalt Ahead of Assumed Electric Car Boom

The various battery makers that supply the electric and hybrid carmakers of today are suddenly finding it a bit hard to buy quantities of cobalt on the open market, thanks to a joined-up attempt by a bunch of hedge funds to corner the market for the essential metal. Read More >>

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Universities to Offer Two-Year Degrees That Still Cost the Same

The government's educational people have had an idea about how to make the prospect of university more appealing to some -- getting it all over and done quicker. Universities will soon be allowed to offer full degree courses that can be completed in just two years instead of the usual three, letting the youth get out of education and into low-paid service jobs for overseas tech unicorns that use nothing they've just learned even quicker. Read More >>

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Canadian Article From 1981 Predicted the Gender Pay Gap Would Disappear by 2017

The gender pay gap is pretty striking in most parts of the world. In the US, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Canada, it’s 73 cents. But back in the early 1980s, some foresaw the complete disappearance of that gap, specifically by the year 2017. Read More >>

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Fixing its Crappy Newbuilds Costs Builder £7m

Housebuilder Bovis has had a bit of a financial shocker this year, as it's been forced to take a £7m hit due to a huge "customer care provision" needed to fix up all the low quality newbuilds it's been selling to dreaming 30-somethings who erroneously believe home ownership to be anything other than a nightmare. Read More >>

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London Sucks up Over Half of the UK’s Transport Investment

You've probably noticed that most transport stuff we do here is about London and its new trains, new bike lanes, posh buses and the amazing new Hyperloop that links Beckton with North Greenwich, and it's for a good reason -- the capital luxuriates in receiving more than half of all the money spent on transport infrastructure in the UK. Read More >>

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Booze and Alcohol on the Way Out as National Hobbies

Statistics looking at how UK families spend their money shows that alcohol and cigarettes are consuming less of our cash than ever before, with the average spend on booze and fags down to nearly half what it was back in the hard-partying days of the year 2000. Read More >>

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Lloyd’s of London Bans the Boozy Pub Lunch

Insurance giant Lloyd's of London has gone a bit nanny state on its workers, demanding that the age-old hobby of having a pint or two at lunch time in the name of team bonding and making the afternoon whizz past quicker comes to an end. Read More >>

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Microsoft Surface Books Join Brexit Price Pileup

Any tech mavericks looking to buy one of Microsoft's Surface Book tablet/laptop hybrids are the latest victims of the international currency market's reaction to the Brexit vote, with Microsoft confirming that it's added over 10 per cent to the RRP of the consumer hardware range because of that thing to do with men in suits and graphs. Read More >>

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Meat Money is Staying in Circulation

The Bank of England is not yielding to pressure to remove the new polymer £5 note from circulation, with the note and its small quantities of animal fats to remain in circulation due to some serious sounding reasons. Read More >>

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Big Brand Ads Accidentally Fund Terrorists Online

The way the planet's biggest brands farm their adverts out in an effort to hit as many eyeballs as possible is having some unfortunate unintended results, with ads for some of the largest companies appearing online alongside terrorist rants -- presumably earning hate speakers a nice chunk of change for plays and clicks. Read More >>

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UK Police Blew £20m on Paying Supergrasses

Over the last five years the various police forces of the UK have spent nearly £20m on payouts to members of their networks of informants, with the average criminal pocketing under £100 a pop for grassing up a mate and greasing the wheels of justice. Read More >>

transport
Iris and Fingerprint Scans Could Eradicate Physical Train Tickets

People trying to think up new ways that more travellers can be rammed onto our trains in less time have come up with an idea -- iris scanning. That way we can shuffle slowly forwards like automatons while being scanned by lasers, without breaking formation to get angry with a ticket machine. That'll be nice. Read More >>

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YouTubers Done for FIFA Betting Operation

A couple of the weird new generation of people who make a living out of putting videos of themselves playing games onto YouTube are in trouble, after pleading guilty to running an unlicensed betting site based around the FIFA franchise. Read More >>

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Have a Celebrity Clean Your Sink for £100 an Hour

The answer to the clickbait posed by the headline on the main page is this: Pete Bennett. The bonkers one off Big Brother, back when it was an important national cultural event. The sweary one who seemed nice and won it all in 2006. Read More >>

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Holy Crap Snapchat Is Losing a Tonne of Money

As expected, Snap Inc. (the company formerly known as Snapchat), has filed the paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO). According to the S1 documents in the filing, Snap Inc. is seeking $3 billion when it goes public and will value itself between $20 and $25 billion. Read More >>