Arts and Entertainment Lorde and Disclosure have been confirmed to play at this year's Brit Awards 2014

The acts will join Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding

Sheridan Smith at the NTAs last night

Sheridan Smith to host televised Olivier Awards

Actress Sheridan Smith is to host theatre's biggest prize show, The Olivier Awards, as the event returns to mainstream TV for the first time in a decade.

Anonymous hackers jailed for DDoS attacks on Visa, Mastercard and Paypal

Two self-styled “hacktivists” were jailed today for carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous, one of which cost a website £3.5 million.

Anonymous cyber attacks: four men to be sentenced

Four men will be sentenced today for carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous.

Amy Winehouse and Alt-J head best of British list

The acclaimed indie-rock band Alt-J will compete against boyband sensations One Direction at the Brit Awards after leading the field with a trio of nominations for the UK music industry's showpiece event.

We've lost £30m in donations, says Assange

WikiLeaks has missed out on about £30m in donations from supporters because of a financial blockade set up by right wing politicians in America, the organisation's founder Julian Assange claimed yesterday.

Financial blockage of Wikileaks is an ‘economic death sentence’ that has cost £30million, says Julian Assange

Blockade set up by right wing politicians in America is seriously damaging Wikileaks’ funding

Payment block costs Wikileaks £30m

A block on processing donations by credit card companies to WikiLeaks has cost the whistle-blowing website over £30 million, with staff having to take a 40-per-cent pay cut as a result, its founder said today.

Classical Brit honour for Harry Potter composer Williams

Star Wars and Harry Potter soundtrack composer John Williams is to be honoured at the Classical Brit Awards.

Credit card companies in £4bn settlement over fees 

Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to pay retailers at least $6bn (£3.8bn) to settle a long-running lawsuit that alleged the card issuers conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. As part of the settlement, stores from Rite Aid to Kroger will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay using a credit card. 

London retains crown as world's top city for tourists

London is riding a wave of tourism this year thanks to a summer of celebration and has been crowned the world's top destination city for a second year running, according to a new report.

EU court upholds hidden credit card costs ban

The Government is being urged to cut hidden credit and debit card costs which are said to be “strangling” UK retailers, following a European court ruling against MasterCard today.

'Art...? Sorry, but I just can't see it' - Hayward Gallery to show exhibition of invisible work

Hayward Gallery to show 'invisible' works by Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol and Yves Klein.

Hackers target US security think tank

Hackers claimed to have stolen a raft of e-mails and credit card data from US-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a week-long Christmas inspired assault on a long list of targets.

Contactless payments spread: just watch!

The old adage that time is money is finally coming true.

'With reward card APRs at around 20 per cent, be sure to pay in full each month'

Have yourself a cashback Christmas

Credit cards and discount websites can keep costs down if you look carefully

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