Business Diary: 24/04/2010
Saturday 24 April 2010
The 7,500 lost souls who didn't read small print
Proof that no one reads the terms and conditions when buying stuff on the internet: online computer games retailer Gamestation played a trick on its customers on April Fool's Day, by amending its terms and conditions thus: "By placing an order via this website on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul." Had customers clicked through for further details, they would have been told the clause was a joke and been offered a £5 gift voucher. But despite 7,500 people ordering from Gamestation that day, not a single voucher has been claimed so far.
Barclays hires poverty campaigner
Barclays Bank's latest new non-executive director is a curious choice. Dambisa Moyo, who is joining the board, certainly has an impressive CV. Oxford and Harvard educated, she has done stints at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank, and is also a non-exec at SAB Miller. But Moyo is best known for her book Dead Aid, which caused a storm for its thesis that Africa's poverty and corruption can be blamed on foreign aid.
Branson takes the philosophical approach
Wise words from Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic, on the ash cloud. "If you're in the airline industry then you have to expect, as my chief executive says, that 'shit happens'," he tells CNBC. Quite right, Sir Richard: like getting charged with price fixing by the Office of Fair Trading this week.
From hot favourite to rank outsider
How the world has changed. Working in the City used to be a sure thing. Yesterday, the only banker's bonus to be found was the horse of that name running at Chepstow. Critics of the banking sector will be pleased to hear it came nowhere.
Malaysia Airlines plane crash exposes alarming flaw in airline security: over one billion flights made last year without stolen-passport check
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
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