What the Sunday papers said
Monday 25 February 2013
The Independent on Sunday: Google seeks to steal a march on rivals with new ad strategy
Google is promising businesses greater returns on advertising if they sign up to its social network, in a fresh bid to take on rivals Facebook and Twitter. The search giant has been emailing advertisers boasting that businesses with Google+ pages see a 5-10 per cent rise in click-throughs when linked with its AdWord campaigns. Twitter last week introduced a system allowing businesses to tailor advertising campaigns.
The Sunday Times: Vodafone eyes up Yoigo to resurrect Spanish fortunes
Vodafone is preparing a takeover bid for a small Spanish mobile operator, Yoigo, in an attempt to bolster its flagging fortunes on the Iberian peninsula. Yoigo was put up for sale last year by the Nordic provider TeliaSonera, but bids fell short of its €1bn (£870m) target. Yoigo has some 3.5 million subscribers and telecoms analysts estimate that it could sell for between €750m and €1.25m.
The Mail on Sunday: John Lewis looks at House of Fraser purchase
John Lewis held talks with department store rival House of Fraser about buying it last year but decided not to proceed. The revelation comes amid rumours that other retailers have looked at buying some or all of the 63 stores. It is also understood Debenhams has drawn up a list of the stores it would buy if the business could be broken up. It believes about a quarter would be attractive.
The Sunday Telegraph: Centrica to show that it does its bit for Britain
Energy firm Centrica is to reveal that it contributes more than £14bn to the British economy in taxes, job creation and contracts with small and medium-sized suppliers across the country. The boast will appear in an economic impact report by Oxford Economics. Centrica hopes it will head off criticism of the size of its profits, due out this week.
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
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