Business Diary: Do what we say, not what we do
Thursday 21 January 2010
Good to see Guardian News & Media sticking to its guns – having told anyone who will listen there is no future in charging for online journalism, it is canvassing opinions from users of PaidContent, the digital news website it owns. It wonders if they'd like to pay £249 a year for the service. The U-turn may be linked to the £4m write-down GNM has taken on PaidContent, which it bought two years ago.
No more newsprint with your shopping
On the topic of charging for online newspapers, Ocado has become an early victim of Rupert Murdoch's desire to make the net pay. Until this week, the shopping service has been delivering a free copy of The Times with its groceries. Now that deal has come to an end and Ocado is instead offering a week of free access to the paper's online version.
Will HSBC's minions follow their boss?
How long before HSBC moves lock, stock and barrel to the Far East? Chief executive Michael Geoghegan is due to start working out of Hong Kong shortly and last night used Sky TV to fire a parting shot at the Government's taxation of the City. The bank has always denied Geoghegan's move is a precursor to its headquarters moving too, but watch this space.
Gates sends Twitter into a spin
You know how Microsoft software often seems to carry little bugs when it is first launched? Well guess what happened yesterday when Bill Gates made his debut on Twitter – that's right, the whole thing crashed for hours on end. A bit more beta testing next time please Bill.
Americans don't quite get British chocolate
Of all the media coverage of Cadbury's takeover by Kraft this week, we have most enjoyed a short film on the BBC website, in which an intrepid reporter tries – and fails – to persuade New Yorkers of the delights of the British firm's famous Curly Wurly. If only Cadbury had flooded the US with the product a few months ago, Americans would have been protesting about the Kraft takeover too.
Number of the day: £716m
The total debt of Manchester United, according to the accounts that its holding company filed yesterday.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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