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Facebook’s alternative news feed might make it more ‘meaningful’ – but it’s all about business

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On the face of it, the decision may seem like corporate suicide. Why would Facebook, one of the world's most powerful companies, deliberately harm engagement with its own product? The answer, critics suggest, may lie beyond Zuckerberg's stated desire to "fix" Facebook, and in fact be a smart business decision. The proposed changes include drastically altering the news feed, filtering posts from publishers so they no longer distract from those shared by friends and family. The Facebook chief executive says this will encourage more "meaning... Read More »

Apple should address youth phone addiction, say two large investors

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Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, one of the nation’s largest public pension plans, delivered a letter to Apple on Saturday asking the company to consider developing software that would allow parents to limit children’s phone use, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Sunday. Jana and CalSTRS also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health, according to the publication. CalSTRS and Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Jana and CalSTRS together control about $2 billion (£1... Read More »

London to host self-curated Azzedine Alaïa exhibition next spring

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Aretrospective on Azzedine Alaïa will open at the Design Museum in London next spring. Azzedine Alaïa: the Couturier will run for five months from 10 May and include more than 60 couture pieces from the Tunisian fashion designer’s 35-year body of work. Alaïa, who died last month of heart failure, had been working with the museum’s guest curator, Mark Wilson, on the exhibition, selecting rare pieces from his archive and providing documentation of his creative process. The Paris-based designer was widely celebrated for his ability to cut, f... Read More »

Surf wear brand Billabong bought by Quiksilver owner

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The deal is a lifeline for the troubled firm, which has only turned a profit in one of the past five years. Queensland-based Billabong suffered a $58m wipeout last year, triple its loss for 2016. The company sells clothing under eight different brands and sponsors surf events around the world. Boardriders was formerly known as Quiksilver, and still sells clothing under its original name. It is owned by US private equity fund Oaktree Capital Management, which was already a major Billabong investor. Well-established in both skiing and skateboardi... Read More »

Tim Cook required to fly only by private jet

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In documents filed with the US markets regulator, Apple said the policy was "in the interests of security and efficiency". Apple reported that Mr Cook's personal travel expenses came to $93,109 (£69,253) in 2017. His personal security expenses came to $224,216, the tech giant added. In 2017, the chief executive's salary was just over $3m. He also received $9.3m in bonuses, plus $89m of shares that were promised to him if he met certain targets. Apple's market capitalisation rose to $868bn in November, making it the world's most valuable publ... Read More »

#MeToo, #TakeAKnee and #Covfefe: Hashtags that dominated in 2017

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In 2017, Twitter also increased its character length for tweets from 140 to 280, giving the platform's 300,000 active users an opportunity to express their opinions in even more detail. From #MeToo to #TakeAKnee vie #Covfefe here are some of the hashtags that have emerged in 2017. #MeToo One of the most prominent hashtags of 2017 inspired a global movement of men and women to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. In 2007, the US activist Tarana Burke started the Me Too movement that would be rekindled in 2017 by the hashtag ... Read More »

Grosvenor Crescent rated the most expensive street in England and Wales

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The sweeping crescent, whose Grade II-listed properties are thought to have been built between 1837 and 1860, topped a list of the priciest streets published by Lloyds Bank. However, while Grosvenor Crescent’s residents are sitting pretty, with the typical price tag unchanged on last December, their wealthy neighbours in Eaton Square – which topped the bank’s table a year ago – have each typically seen more than £3m wiped off the value of their property in the space of 12 months, cutting the average price to just over £13.5m. Lloyds did n... Read More »

Adidas recruits all of the famous people to feature in their new campaign

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Selena Gomez had her own collection back in 2015. Karlie Kloss has been the face of Stella McCartney’s line for ages.  Gareth Bale was the poster boy for Adidas Football. But the brand has stepped up its influencer game of its latest ad. Because they’ve got every famous person ever to launch their new ‘Calling All Creators’ campaign. Adidas prides itself on being driven by creatives – artists, designers, musicians, and so they’ve put together an all-star cast which includes a load of them and some of the world’s best sportspeople. Just look at ... Read More »

Selfieccino debutes in London cafe

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This flight attendant discovered the cafe on the internet in Singapore before even travelling to London. Flight attendant, Safirah Safari said, "I actually heard it through Facebook back at home in Singapore when I was browsing through the Facebook and I saw one of the faces that actually shot the video of this and I actually texted my friend because we were going to London the next week so I told her let's come to this and just check it out. This is really interesting I've never seen any cafe that has a selfieccino, so it is really amazing"... Read More »

Leonardo Da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi in record $450m deal

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A Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ that sold in New York for a record $450 million (£336m) is heading to a museum in the United Arab Emirates. The newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi made the announcement on Wednesday. The 500-year-old painting is called “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “saviour of the world.” It is one of fewer than 20 paintings by the Renaissance master known to exist and the only one in private hands. Christie's auction house sold it to an anonymous buyer last month. The New York Times reports the mystery buyer was a little-k... Read More »

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