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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Personal pricing may mean higher charges

Sophisticated software is allowing businesses to monitor our internet shopping and use the information gathered to offer us personalised prices.

Payday loan firms that are flouting the law

Unscrupulous online lenders are acting outside the law, our investigators found.

Web dealer Groupon cuts UK jobs

Groupon is cutting its British workforce, just months after the deal-of-the-day website was found guilty of "widespread" breaches of consumer protection rules.

David Cameron adviser Jonathan Luff quits to join payday lender Wonga as lobbyist

A senior adviser to David Cameron has quit Downing Street to become a lobbyist for Wonga, the controversial payday lender, renewing concerns about the "revolving door" between government and business.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 30 October 2012

Eurotunnel deal referred by OFT

Office of Fair Trading intervenes over school uniform costs

Parents are spending tens of millions of pounds more than they need to on school uniforms because of exclusive deals between schools and suppliers, the Office of Fair Trading said today.

Victory for campaigners as rip-off lenders face instant closure

Rogue payday lenders who rip-off vulnerable people face instant closure under a new crackdown set to be introduced next spring.

Deals for theatre from companies such Groupon and KGB should be carefully calculated

If you're looking for Christmas deals, read the small print

Websites offering cheap group buying, cashback and other offers should not be taken at face value

US-owned Groupon had nine out of 10 complaints upheld

Complaints soar about offers in website ads

Misleading adverts from group-buying websites that offer deals and discounts have prompted a rising number of complaints.

Costly 'prizes' firms breach EU law, judges rule

Companies tantalising consumers with “prizes” which then cost money to claim or use are breaching EU law, judges ruled today.

Wonga have a shirt sponsorship deal with Blackpool

Simon Read: Need cash? Need an APR of 4,214 per cent? Welcome to Newcastle's new sponsor Wonga

Wonga is Britain's biggest payday lender, although it doesn't like to be called that. Instead, it says it offers short-term, high-cost credit.

Investment View: Insurance woes make Direct Line wrong destination

Direct Line: Our view: Avoid

Kate Hughes: Drivers' wallets hit as regulators take two more years

An investigation into the car insurance industry is already long overdue, yet still there's delay

No Pain No Gain: Farewell to an old friend, but we're still ahead

The no pain, no gain portfolio has been forced to sell the shares of Hargreaves Services, the coal-to-transport group, following their fall to 700p last week. Earlier this year, the price comfortably exceeded 1,200p and I was happily congratulating myself on picking such an outstanding stock. Then came a profits warning – and many shareholders watched miserably as their rewards evaporated.

Drivers pay £10 extra on premiums due to 'dysfunctional' motor insurance market

British drivers are paying an extra £10 each year in premiums due to a “dysfunctional” motor insurance market, according to the trading watchdog.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
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Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

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Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism