News Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency that has gained popularity worldwide

James Howells accidentally threw away a hard drive containing the cryptographic "private key" needed to access the digital currency

Golden Wonder bags buyout go-ahead

Golden Wonder bags buyout go-ahead

BT brings City into Oftel battle

MARY FAGAN

LETTER: MMC limits

YOUR article "Murdoch's tax: Labour has, er, nothing to say" (3 December) leaves the reader with a misleading impression of where the Monopolies and Mergers Commission's functions lie. The MMC does not have the power to initiate its own inquiries. Its job is to investigate and report on matters referred to it by the President of the Board of Trade, the Director General of Fair Trading or the regulators of the privatised utilities. The MMC has never had the power to comment on or study issues not referred to it by one of the above.

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Lang refers power bids to mergers commission

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Littlechild hints at MMC reference for PowerGen

MARY FAGAN

Go-Ahead acquisition referred to MMC

Go-Ahead, the bus company recently criticised for predatory pricing, has had another acquisition referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

RAM raiding is the crime of the Nineties

POLICE expect a rash of burglaries at offices this weekend, as thieves take advantage of the bank holiday to boost a new trade worth pounds 200m a year. Their target: computer memory chips.

MMC gives South West tighter code

The Monopolies and Mergers Commission has imposed tough price controls on South West Water after 10 months of investigation. The decision is a severe blow to South West, the only one of the 10 major water and sewage companies to go to the MMC rather than accept controls proposed by the regulator, Ofwat.

Power firms plan MMC fight against price curb

Appeal against Offer could help to fend off unwanted bids

Scottish Hydro-Electricis a special case

With South Wales Electricity now into its second shares buy-back, the idea of a windfall tax to punish greedy utilities is rapidly becoming something of an irrelevance. Far from hoarding cash, boards are scorching the earth. Labour will find little of value to plunder to meet its promise of retribution for excessive profits.

Power price control 'too tough'

MARY FAGAN

Stagecoach buy referred

Stagecoach buy referred

Funeral firm told to sell parlours

Jonathan Evans, minister at the Department of Trade and Industry, yesterday ordered the divestment of some of the businesses acquired by Service Corporation International of Texas when it acquired Plantsbrook, Britain's second- biggest undertaker, last year.
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