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Rupert Murdoch's flagship media business, the TV and film giant 21st Century Fox, plans to cut its links with his native land by delisting from the Australian stock market.

Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency that has gained popularity worldwide

itBit, a NASDAQ-powered Bitcoin currency exchange, raises $3.25m in funding

Singapore-based exchange is one of many trying to create a secure market for trading the digital currency

Wall Street trading in turmoil as Nasdaq market freezes amid glitches

Apple and Microsoft hit for hours in second New York trading mess this week

The owner of a location used in 'The King's Speech' has admitted to
hosting sex parties there

Netflix buys exclusive rights to Weinstein Company movies

Netflix has signed a deal with another major film production company, bagging the streaming rights to every Weinstein Company film from 2016.

Hi-tech UK manufacturer sucks up new foreign owner

A historic slice of Britain’s engineering history was sold off to foreign buyers for the third time in seven years yesterday as Sweden’s Atlas Copco bought the vacuum technology business Edwards Group in a $1.6bn (£1bn) deal.

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News International rebrands by changing name to News UK

The publisher of The Sun and The Times today announced that it was dropping its name News International and rebranding itself as News UK.

News Corp delisting

Rupert Murdoch is set to cut another of his links with Britain when shares in News Corporation cease trading on the London Stock Exchange at the end of next month.

Nasdaq chiefs pay for Facebook fiasco

The chief executive of the Nasdaq stock exchange has seen his annual bonus slashed by nearly two-thirds following its calamitous handling of the flotation of the social network Facebook last year.

Printers' error forces suspension of Google shares

Trading in Google shares was suspended for several hours in New York when the group announced a dramatic drop in profits, causing an immediate slide in its valuation.

New low for Facebook shares as investors bail out

Early backers dump holdings in the social network three months after float

Stephen Foley: The disasters that show why we have to be on our guard with algos

US Outlook Si ves algo, di algo. If you see something, say something. It's written in all the subway cars here in New York City, a reminder we mustn't ignore suspicious packages or suspicious passengers. And as we trundled towards Wall Street station on Wednesday, I couldn't but think of it as a warning to stock-market investors, too. Si ves algo, di "algo".

UBS loses millions on shares

The curse of Facebook's flotation has struck again as the Swiss banking giant UBS yesterday said it lost 349 million Swiss francs (£227m) on the social media website's disastrous debut.

'The curse of Facebook' leaves UBS counting the cost of float

The curse of Facebook's flotation has struck again as Swiss banking giant UBS yesterday said it lost Sfr349m (£227m) on the social media website's disastrous debut.

James Moore: Facebook fiasco leaves UBS with uphill struggle

Outlook You know how it is. You're on the telephone, or online, trying to order something and it all goes kaput because someone's system doesn't work properly.

Leading article: Ziggy played the stock market

The Fender Stratocaster: those words alone are enough to send shivers down the spine of anyone with an ounce of rock'n'roll in them. But the grandiloquent nomenclature is one thing – the musical instrument itself quite another.

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

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Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent