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Renters who pay on time get better credit score

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of people who pay their rent on time are set to benefit from better credit scores.Credit reference agency Experian said it was now taking account of the payment habits of 1.2 million tenants.The vast majority of those - some 79% - stand to improve their credit scores and so get better access to bank accounts, loans and mortgages.Until now, most renters have
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TSB loses 16,000 customers after IT meltdown

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Paul Pester was forced to resign as boss of TSB More than 16,000 customers have deserted the TSB in the wake of an IT meltdown earlier this year.The figures - released by the payments operator BACS - show the net loss in accounts between April and June.As many as 1.9 million people were left unable to access their own money in April, after the
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Ford, Fiat and Nissan ads banned for dangerous driving

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ford said its ad used the word "rage" but did not show road rage Three different carmakers have had ads banned for encouraging unsafe driving.Two ads for Ford Mustang cars fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after viewers complained that they showed driving as a way of releasing anger.The ASA also ruled against a Nissan Micra ad which it said depicted driving
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After ‘Blackface’ Remarks, Megyn Kelly Sends Apologetic Email to Colleagues

[ad_1] Several hours after she was widely criticized on social media for her remarks, Ms. Kelly sent an apologetic email to her NBC colleagues.“I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry,” she wrote. “The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep. I’ve never been a ‘pc’ kind of person — but I understand that we do need to be more
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Tycoon Plans a Titanic II (This One Will Have More Lifeboats)

[ad_1] Would you buy a ticket for the Titanic?That’s a dream or a nightmare, depending on who you ask, but a colorful Australian business tycoon wants to make the option a reality.Clive Palmer, a mining magnate and conservative politician, says his long-stated wish to build a replica of the famously opulent ship is back on after years of delays.On Monday, he announced that his cruise ship company, Blue Star Line,
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Got a Fever? There’s an Ad for That

[ad_1] Most of what we do — the websites we visit, the places we go, the TV shows we watch, the products we buy — has become fair game for advertisers. Now, thanks to internet-connected devices in the home like smart thermometers, ads we see may be determined by something even more personal: our health.This flu season, Clorox paid to license information from Kinsa, a tech start-up that sells internet-connected
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Regulator Seeks Information About Goldman Sachs Ethics Complaint

[ad_1] The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an inquiry into the departure of a senior investment banker and Goldman Sachs partner who raised concerns about what he viewed as unethical conduct at the bank, according to people briefed on the inquiry.The partner, James M. Katzman, called Goldman’s whistle-blower hotline in 2014 to complain about a number of practices inside the Wall Street investment bank, people close to Mr. Katzman
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In a Bid to Fill Office Buildings, Landlords Offer Kegs and Nap Rooms

[ad_1] Not many people can get away with sleeping on the job. Tishman Speyer, one of New York’s largest commercial landlords, wants to change that.Last year, the company introduced Zo, a program to expand the perks offered to its tenants, including nap rooms at Rockefeller Center. “Please associate me with sleeping on the job,” said E. B. Kelly, a managing director at Tishman Speyer who oversees the effort.Hoping to lure
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Italy Is in Trouble. Here’s Why the World Should Care.

[ad_1] The European Union has sent the Italian budget back to Rome with a failing grade. Italian bonds are being pummeled in financial markets. Italy’s credit rating is perilously close to junk status.Bond traders and European politicians should be worried about such things. But do they really matter to ordinary Italians and the rest of the world?Unfortunately, yes. There can be dire consequences when interest rates spike and investors lose
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Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?

[ad_1] The tech giant is positioning itself in schools as a trusted authority on digital citizenship at a moment when the company’s data-handling practices are under growing scrutiny.ImageGoogle's Interland game is meant to teach students from third grade through sixth to guard against schemers, hackers and other bad actors. CreditCreditGoogleGoogle is on a mission to teach children how to be safe online. That is the message behind “Be Internet Awesome,”