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

Assange could face espionage trial in US

Washington sees chance as WikiLeaks founder is jailed as battle begins to prevent extradition over sex charges

Google's so cool – but what a pity about that ageist gag ...

Old-lady anecdote apart, Philipp Schindler's 'learn to love the data' speech to the world's retailers was a real dazzler. Christena Appleyard reports

Money Insider: Shop safely when usingthe internet this Christmas

There were some mind-boggling numbers being quoted this week about people turning to the internet for Christmas shopping. It was predicted that £22m per hour was spent and there were 3.8 million card transactions on Monday alone.

Questions Of Cash: 'Halifax admits it let you down on ISA transfer'

Q. I had nearly £22,000 in an ISA, paying 3 per cent with the Halifax. This came to the end of its one-year fixed term in June and reverted to 0.5 per cent. I opened a new ISA with the Halifax, with an interest rate of 2.6 per cent. I sent a transfer request to put the original ISA into the new ISA Direct Reward. After a month, the money was still in the old ISA, running at 0.5 per cent, so I went into a branch and transferred it. I was assured that this had happened. But when I checked my ISA online six weeks later, I found the money had been transferred instead into a Liquid Gold account paying a paltry 0.05 per cent. How can they change my ISA into a tax-paying account anyhow? I have complained, but heard nothing. PE, Suffolk

Katy Guest: All hail Ikea, god of storage and sideplates

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Wanted: One thick-skinned chief exec for Network Rail

Abrasive Iain Coucher is leaving the platform – and the search is on for an outsider to totally rethink the much criticised infrastructure firm. By Mark Leftl

Brit Awards go east - to the O2

Leading music event the Brit Awards is to move to London's O2 Arena, leaving its home of more than a decade, it was announced today.

Derek Pain: Mears takes pride of place as markets are becalmed in doldrums

During my two weeks' absence – attending a granddaughter's wedding in Hungary – hopes have mounted that at least some of the old takeover momentum is returning. But with share turnover remaining in the doldrums, there has been little evidence of increased investor excitement. Still, it's been a fairly busy time for five constituents (and a former member) of the no pain, no gain portfolio. Pride of place must go to Mears, the support services group, which justified its comments that it had not experienced the difficulties that have so severely damaged its arch rival, Connaught.

MasterCard pays £333m for British online payments firm DataCash

Mastercard has agreed to pay £333m for DataCash, a British payment services provider, to compete in the burgeoning market for online payments.

New bank to issue cards in 15 minutes

New high street bank Metro Bank announced today it had joined forces with MasterCard to provide new customers with payment cards within 15 minutes of them opening an account.

London 2012 organisers criticised for Visa ticket deal

London 2012 organisers have been criticised by consumer group Which? over their deal with the card firm Visa which prevents British sports fans using other cards to buy tickets.

Business Diary: An American view of Britain

CNBC, the American business channel, seems to have a rather antiquated view of the way we British folk speak to each other. It ran a poll of viewers over the weekend, asking whether they thought the increasingly angry backlash from certain parts of this country over the White House's treatment of BP was wrong. The options were "Yes, stiff upper lip, chaps," or "No, right to be miffed". Even when BP was still trading as British Petroleum, we didn't talk like that.

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