Business Diary: Tesco embarrassed as it jumps the gun
Monday 14 December 2009
Some red faces at Tesco, which had promised partners in its launch of iPhone sales that it would keep its pricing strategy secret until 10 December. Unfortunately, some bright spark decided to post the details on the grocer's website a day early. The page was taken down, but not before folk in the telecoms industry had spotted it and circulated the details to all and sundry.
Apple keeps it clean
Still on the iPhone, Apple has just approved a Playboy application for the handset which offers users the chance to read articles and view pictures of the adult magazine's "Playmate of the Month". Being a wholesome, family-oriented bunch at Apple, they did put one condition on the deal – all the models have to be fully clothed.
Swiftcover's festive gift
Swiftcover.com/xmas/email2009 offers the most elaborate Christmas-themed internet game you'll see this year, with a strange detective story to solve. They like a gimmick at Swiftcover. Remember, they signed up Iggy Pop for an advertising campaign only to admit later that their insurance doesn't cover musicians.
Haymarket's family life
"I'm thrilled to accept the role", says Rupert Heseltine, the new man in charge at publisher Haymarket, before praising his predecessor. The outgoing chairman Michael Heseltine is, of course, his daddy.
Number of the day: 2
The rank of Iraq, which has just overtaken Iran, in a league table of owners of oil reserves. Only Saudi Arabia has more
educationTo mark International Women's Day, Sarah Brown on how charities have brought proper joined-up thinking to the delivery of education
South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
Lammily: Barbie-like doll hits Kickstarter fundraising target in a day
Belle Knox: How the porn star student from Duke University became bigger than Justin Bieber
Oscar Pistorius trial: Neighbour feared athlete would use gun that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to shoot himself
Top 10 most expensive cities in the world: Singapore named costliest place to live – but what about London?
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
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- 4 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
- 5 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
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