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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee