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Oxford’s Shark Roof House is up for Rent

A house is up for rent in Oxford. No, this isn't the slowest news day in history, it's quite an interesting house. It's the one you've probably seen before with a model of a shark poking out of its roof. Our sensible dad ways mean we can only worry this might lead to leaks, noise in high winds, and could attract students to the vicinity of the property. Read More >>

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Amid Chaos, We’re About to Get a Whole New Kind of Bitcoin

Less than a week ago, headlines declared that a market-shaking fork in Bitcoin had been averted. But the people backing a new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash have now announced that the expected compromise between warring factions is dead. Next week, the huge Bitcoin fork will begin and here’s what it’s all about. Read More >>

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Scotland Will Have a Polymer £10 in September too

Scotland's Clydesdale Bank, one of several Scottish banks that issues its own brand of bank note, is about to join the rush to make the tenner plastic. It'll launch its polymer £10 on September 21, just in time for baffled English tourists to take one home and have an argument in a Hemel Hempstead Tesco garage about if they're legal tender in England or not. Read More >>

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Cash Cuts Cause Cops To Camp In Coffee Shops

Taking the "I've spent £2.20 on an Americano so now I live here" attitude of some coffee house customers to the extreme, the police will use cafes to conduct meetings with the public. London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to save as much as £15m by shutting official meeting places around the capital. Read More >>

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£24.6 Million in Ether Stolen as People Refuse to Learn Their Lesson About Cryptocurrencies

Unknown hackers made off with an estimated $32 million (~£24.6 million) in hot cryptocurrency Ether, one of the most popular of the innumerable successors to Bitcoin, this week. Read More >>

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Under Cover Of BBC Pay, the Government Sneaks Out Pension Age Increase

The government used BBC salary day as a way to sneak out news that it's moving the pension age to 68. While this was always going to happen, it was originally scheduled to be changed in 2044. It will now take place between 2037 and 2039. People aged between 39 and 47 will be affected with younger workers kept waiting to find out when they might eventually get a pension. Read More >>

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Credit Card Fees Will Be Banned From January 2018

From January next year credit card fees will be banned in the UK. These small charges are the ones levied by retailers to compensate for the costs of banking, not the ones card companies charge merchants to provide banking services. Not all companies will pass this charge on - for example, your supermarket probably doesn't - but from 2018 no company will be able to add a surcharge for paying by credit card. Read More >>

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Bank of England Opts For Worst Possible Jane Austen Quote On New Tenner

Jane Austen will make her debut on the £10 note today and the quote that accompanies her image is causing some controversy. The line in question is "I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!" which superficially sounds quite positive. The problem, however, is that it's spoken by a woman who is only interested in reading to ensnare Mr Darcy. Read More >>

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BBC Pay Data Shows One Graham Norton = Four Clare Baldings

Today's the day the BBC reveals the salaries of its top talent, with the broadcaster and its presenting stars preparing to be shamed by the amount its top stars receive. Read More >>

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Jane Austen £2 Coin Gazumps Polymer £10

Jane Austen is about to be the star of the forthcoming polymer English £10 note (to be revealed in its final form today), but she's also got another bit of money coming to her. She's the star of a new special edition £2 coin as well, and this one's going to beat the tenner to your pockets by quite a margin. Read More >>

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£2m up for Grabs in Government’s Anti-Terror Hackathon

The three-word brief summarising the government's new anti-terror competition is that it wants your methods of "improving crowd resilience" by whatever means necessary, as it looks to add yet more Orwellian colour to today's society by monitoring people and attempting to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralise them. Read More >>

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How Exactly Do You Get Rich off the Hot New Cryptocurrency?

With the meteoric rise in popularity of Ethereum, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are back in the news again. Graphics card prices have soared with the promise that those who have the computers and know-how to do some serious mining can take home huge sums in a Bitcoin-like gold rush to snatch up as much virtual currency as possible. But how easy is it to make your fortune in cryptocurrency? And is it worth your while getting started? Read More >>

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That £100 Note in Your Pocket May be Worth £300

A super-rare bank note from the Napoleonic era has been discovered in the UK, with the £100 note expected to fetch up to £300 at auction. Which is a bit rubbish, actually, as when it was produced in 1814 it would've been worth the equivalent of around £3,500 in today's money. Read More >>

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PSA: Check Your App Subscriptions So You Don’t Get Stung

Thanks to the helter-skelter pace of modern living it can be all too easy to sign up for a free trial or a month’s worth of a particular service, and then before you know it, you’re getting billed for a ton of apps you’re not using and don’t really need. Checking up on your subscriptions could save you a serious chunk of change—here’s how to do it. Read More >>

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You’re Not Alone in Dreading Socialising

46 per cent of adults are normal and boring and would rather stay at home than go out and pretend to be happy in a pub full of loud people, with data assembled by Currys PC World saying that the ideal evening now involves emotionlessly staring at several screens simultaneously until something needs charging or it's bed time. Read More >>