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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Fibre-optic cables - the way to super-fast broadband

Ofcom proposes changes to superfast broadband to promote competition

New regulations would make it easier and cheaper for consumers to switch between providers

Visitors to Thorpe Park are urged to try win prizes

The unfair fairground: Thorpe Park games 'are rigged to reduce wins'

TV undercover team claims distraction and ball-switching tricks were used

Some payday lender customers rack up debts with several firms

Payday lending advertising faces ban under hard-hitting new rules

Payday lending advertising could be banned under hard-hitting new rules being considered by the new City Watchdog.

A report claims Scotland would lose its six-day postal service

Scotland split 'threatens to raise mobile and post costs'

With 444 days to go before a referendum, the coalition steps up pressure against independence

Stella Creasy: A cap on the cost of credit will curb the loan sharks

It's time to end the myth that there are a few bad apples and recognise that the way the entire industry works is causing problems for millions of British consumers. Legal loan sharks have been able to rack up huge profits on the back of consumers struggling with the rising cost of living and a regulator without teeth, with five years of talk resulting in no action.

Google's mauling over its tax affairs may have contributed to its fall in the rankings

Google slides down brand rankings as tax row takes its toll

Search giant, named as fifth-most desirable brand in 2012, drops 109 places as consumers start to wonder whether it can be evil after all

Media PR giant's spinning success

Edelman has proved there is plenty of money in public relations as UK fee income leapt 26 per cent to £32.4m last year.

VocaLink develops mobile payments app Zapp

Technology which will allow consumers to make payments using their mobile phones is to be developed by the company behind Link cash machines.

Waze was founded in Israel in 2008 and first raised $25 million of funding in 2010 followed by a further $30 million in 2011

Google faces FTC antitrust investigation following Waze acquisition

$1.1bn deal was completed mid-June but may allow search giant to unfairly dominate the market

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Editorial: People and profit can get along

Ethical customers can put pressure on conventional firms to raise their sights'
Hotel staff should be treated courteously, something not all guests remember
The Government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, have promised to get to grips with power bills

Savvy Money: We still need more clarity on complex charging for energy

New plans to give a fairer deal to consumers do not go far enough to clear up the confusion

Screenshot courtesy of NeverWet - a superhydrophobic spray

Superhydrophobic spray NeverWet enters US market in a $20 can

Two step spray coating makes fabrics, wood, metals and plastic waterproof

EDF Energy says single unit gas and electricity prices will help consumers compare different tariffs

EDF quick to back single unit gas and electric price

One of the “Big Six” energy suppliers has broken ranks to back proposals for firms to offer a single unit price for gas and electricity. EDF Energy says such a move will help consumers compare different tariffs and identify the cheapest deals.

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