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Gantz threatens to quit Israeli government if no new war plan by June 8 (3 hours old)

Ultimatum by member of Netanyahu’s war cabinet brings to a head months of internal tension over Gaza

Israel’s ‘strategic drift’ darkens national mood (11 hours old)

Rafah offensive and hostage talks stalemate create sense of endless war

Gaza aid pier opens as US warns of ‘imminent famine’ (1 day old)

Humanitarian groups say US maritime initiative is insufficient amid acute food shortages

Interview with a soldier (19 hours old)

Novelist Chigozie Obioma spent years seeking out veterans of the Biafran war. Then an encounter with an active serviceman helped him understand the conflict that still haunts Nigeria

What can and can’t be learnt from Singapore (19 hours old)

The island’s ultimate strength has been a lack of dogma

Wegovy is becoming too essential for its elite price (1 day old)

As the health benefits of anti-obesity medicines widen, pharma companies need to rethink what they charge

Russian court seizes assets worth €700mn from UniCredit, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank (5 hours old)

Move against western lenders follows dispute with a subsidiary of Gazprom

Crozier’s claim he was unaware of Post Office scandal undermined by letters  (1 day old)

Newly found correspondence includes a 2009 email from Jeremy Hunt raising constituents’ concerns about Horizon

Tories scout for post-election jobs as UK parties dial up campaign mode  (1 day old)

With a poll date still unknown, concerns grow over Labour readiness for office

Thames Water’s biggest shareholder writes off investment (1 day old)

Move by Canadian pension fund is sign of escalating financial crisis at UK’s largest water supplier

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OpenAI putting ‘shiny products’ above safety, says departing researcher (14 hours old)

Jan Leike, a key safety researcher at firm behind ChatGPT, quit days after launch of its latest AI model, GPT-4oA former senior employee at OpenAI has said the company behind ChatGPT is prioritising “shiny products” over safety, revealing that he quit after a disagreement over key aims reached “breaking point”.Jan Leike was a key safety researcher at OpenAI as its co-head of superalignment, ensuring that powerful artificial intelligence systems adhered to human values and aims. His intervention comes before a global artificial intelligence summit in Seoul next week, where politicians, experts [...]

£4 Dominos and £5 KFC: health fears as fast food lunch becomes ‘workplace appropriate’ (10 hours old)

Low-price deals in UK mean consumers are eating less-nourishing food more frequently, say expertsOffice workers looking for a cheap lunch on the high street might struggle. With inflation pushing up prices in recent years, a sandwich, snack and drink at popular coffee chains can now cost upwards of £10, while even the average supermarket meal deal has risen by more than 21% in price since before the pandemic.But now fast-food chains have moved to fill the gap in the market. In March, KFC introduced a new lunch deal for £5.49, offering a fried chicken wrap with a drink and side – either crisps [...]

‘People haven’t woken up to the scale of this’: Gordon Brown on the UK’s child poverty scandal (6 hours old)

A quarter of Britain’s children live below the poverty line. Near his Fife home, the former PM shows how charities help families and says this issue must be a priority for any government• The Observer view: Labour must tackle this scourge• Torsten Bell: We can end child poverty• Archbishop urges Starmer to ditch ‘cruel’ benefit capOutside a warehouse squeezed between a waste recycling plant, an auto parts outlet and a scaffolding company in Lochgelly, Fife, a blur of figures in hi-vis jackets are busily ­packing boxes into headteacher Ailsa Swankie’s car. Not for the first time, she is taking [...]

Fewer than one in 10 arts workers in UK have working-class roots (6 hours old)

The cultural sector falls short on other measures of diversity too, with 9o% of workers white, says new reportSix in 10 of all arts and culture workers in the UK now come from middle-class backgrounds, compared with just over 42% of the wider workforce, according to new research.And while 23% of the UK workforce is from a working-class background, working-class people are underrepresented in every area of arts and culture. They make up 8.4% of those working in film, TV, radio and photography, while in museums, archives and libraries, the proportion is only 5.2%. Continue reading...

‘Is this what people wear now?’ Sewing Bee host criticises M&S jumpers and socks (10 hours old)

Patrick Grant says rise of low-cost retailers means new clothes ‘haven’t got cheaper, they’ve just got worse’While filming The Great British Sewing Bee, the presenter and clothing entrepreneur Patrick Grant found himself in need of a pair of black socks.The production team bought a pair from the Marks & Spencer shop close to where the popular BBC show was being filmed. Grant said: “They went to everybody’s favourite high street store, that used to sell on the basis of quality and value, and they bought me their Autograph socks, which are supposed to be their best socks. Continue reading...

‘Bloody £9 for two’: TikTok twins rage at ice-cream van prices (17 hours old)

Eight-year-olds’ video, which racked up 14m views, hits a sore point for mobilers who have struggled with the cost of livingLike the totemic £8 pint or £5 coffee, the cost of a Mr Whippy ice-cream has become a barometer of a world gone mad. But really, nine quid for two ice-creams? Bloody hell.That was the damning verdict of an eight-year-old whose TikTok rant over the cost of two screwballs from an ice cream van in the park has racked up 14m views at the time of writing. Continue reading...

Nationwide doubles maximum personal loan to £50k amid rising building costs (16 hours old)

Previous £25,000 maximum no longer enough to fund some home improvements, says building societyNationwide building society has doubled the maximum personal loan it will offer borrowers to £50,000, citing the continued increase in building costs as the reason for the change.The society previously offered up to £25,000 for qualifying customers but said this was no longer enough to fund some home improvement projects. Continue reading...

Alabama poultry plant could be closed for 30 days for allegedly hiring minors (8 hours old)

At least two children have already been killed while working in Mar-Jac Poultry plants in the US south over the last yearA poultry plant in Jasper, Alabama, has been accused of hiring minors and could be shut down for 30 days, according to a newly released US Department of Labor lawsuit.Mar-Jac Poultry, the largest employer in Walker county, is accused of violating federal labor laws when it hired four minors as young as 16 who were allegedly discovered working overnight at the company’s slaughterhouse. Continue reading...

Thousands in Devon no longer have to boil drinking water, says supplier (7 hours old)

But authorities say households in some areas need to continue safety measures amid waterborne parasitic diseaseAnger in Devon as more cases of waterborne disease expectedThousands of people in Devon can now safely drink their tap water again without having to boil it first, the region’s water supplier has announced after a parasite outbreak.South West Water said about 14,500 households in the Alston supply area could use their tap water safely, although about 2,500 properties in Hillhead, the upper parts of Brixham and Kingswear should continue to boil their supply before drinking it. Continue[...]

UK’s garden centres hope sunshine and Chelsea flower show will help them rebound from the rain (1 day old)

A cold, damp spring depressed plant sales in the UK, but help is at hand from the ‘Glastonbury festival of the gardening world’The sixth-wettest April on record has not been kind to Britain’s gardens or its 1,600 garden centres.So far this year, with most of the key selling season over, garden centre sales are up just 2% on last year and down 11% on 2022, after the sodden spring depressed sales of shrubs, trees, bedding plants and seeds. Continue reading...

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Telecoms

America’s ‘cable cowboy’ lost out in infrastructure boom (2 days old [16/05/24])

Wrangling media and telecoms products into business models that produce durable profits has proved to be tough going

BT’s CEO says she ‘loves to squeeze’ short sellers as shares jump (2 days old [16/05/24])

UK’s biggest telecoms group rises 17% as Allison Kirkby announces strategy and raises dividend

Investors place record £300mn bet against BT (4 days old [14/05/24])

New chief executive Allison Kirkby is battling to reverse declining share price

What I wish I’d known before my smartphone was snatched  (7 days old [11/05/24])

As phone theft surges, how can you protect your financial data?

Satellite group SES to acquire Intelsat in $3.1bn deal (18 days old [30/04/24])

Merger marks last major consolidation in industry as operators look to compete with Elon Musk’s Starlink

Ericsson chief says overregulation ‘driving Europe to irrelevance’ (18 days old [30/04/24])

Continent ‘at risk of falling behind’ on digital infrastructure, undermining its competitiveness

Two died after UK shift from analogue to digital phone lines (22 days old [26/04/24])

Government says it met Virgin O2 chief executive and Ofcom after incidents last year

Telecom Italia chief defeats attempt to unseat him  (25 days old [23/04/24])

Pietro Labriola secures fresh mandate after phone carrier averted clash with biggest shareholder Vivendi at AGM

Vodafone’s India unit staves off collapse after record $2.2bn fundraising (25 days old [23/04/24])

Country’s largest share sale draws investors including GQG Partners and Fidelity

BT installs McKinsey partner to head new strategy unit (27 days old [21/04/24])

Secondment marks first move by telecoms group’s new CEO Allison Kirkby in her turnaround push

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Technology sector

AI companies seek big profits from ‘small’ language models (11 hours old)

Microsoft, Meta and Google have released new versions with fewer ‘parameters’ that are cheaper to build and train

Nvidia could be the most valuable stock in the US  (19 hours old)

Hitting a milestone valuation of $3tn is no easy task, but the chipmaker is well-placed for the challenge

OpenAI put ‘shiny products’ over safety, departing top researcher says (1 day old)

Jan Leike’s exit from ChatGPT maker is the latest sign of internal divisions over technology’s development

The race for an AI-powered personal assistant (1 day old)

Google and OpenAI unveiled new tools to bring ‘intelligent systems’ a step closer. Will this be a milestone for generative AI?

The Lex Newsletter: OpenAI and the case for techno-optimism  (1 day old)

Trust in tech may have declined but demand for its services and shares is at an all-time high

Tencent investor Naspers appoints Bloisi as new chief (1 day old)

Head of Brazil’s biggest food delivery app expected to maintain strategy of buying back shares

Rewards for training spark ‘healthy competition’ at law firms (1 day old)

Initiatives by Australian firms encourage staff to learn skills and generate ideas

Legal teams braced for AI test (1 day old)

In-house lawyers are testing technology that could transform their futures

Reddit shares surge as it strikes content deal with OpenAI (2 days old [16/05/24])

Agreement comes as competition for high-quality data to underpin AI models intensifies

Sony Music warns global tech and streamers over AI use of its artists (2 days old [16/05/24])

Music group representing Adele and Beyoncé contacts more than 700 companies to prohibit use of content

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BBC News

Energy bills predicted to fall by 7% in July (1 day old)

If the forecast proves correct, it would mean a typical annual bill could be £500 lower than last summer.

Unpaid carers being forced to repay £250m to DWP (13 hours old)

One claimant unknowingly overpaid Carer's Allowance said the debts she incurred have brought 'considerable financial strain'.

M&S website and app hit by technical issue (7 hours old)

Customers were unable to shop online for around five hours but services are now working again.

Fewer crackers in Ritz boxes but price remains same (1 day old)

The 200g packs of Original and Cheese crackers have been replaced by packs weighing 150g and 140g.

Who is Paula Vennells? Ex-Post Office boss in Horizon IT inquiry (1 day old)

The ordained priest who led the Post Office from 2012 to 2019 faces three days of questioning at the Horizon Inquiry.

Boeing boss's £25m pay package approved (1 day old)

Boeing shareholders approved a $33m pay package for outgoing boss Dave Calhoun.

Union forming stalled in US Mercedes-Benz (1 day old)

The UAW effort to win members in at Mercedes was a test of a wider resurgence in worker activism.

Alan Bates rejects second Post Office compensation offer (1 day old)

The latest offer amounted to around a third of what the campaigner had asked for.

Severn Trent boss defends multi-million pay packet (1 day old)

The water firm made 60,000 sewage spills last year but insists river quality is improving.

More people seek help for debts as fee scrapped (1 day old)

Debt Relief Orders are available to those on low incomes to clear existing debt and surged as the fee was axed.

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UK equities

What the Chelsea Flower Show can teach you about investing (1 day old)

‘In my father’s view a portfolio should be like a garden — a real garden, not a show garden’

Raspberry Pi prepares for London listing (3 days old [15/05/24])

Low-cost computer maker, which sold 7.4mn units last year, seeks valuation of $630mn

UK stocks are finally shining (8 days old [10/05/24])

After a long drift, the London market has made strong gains this year

Five things to do if your investments aren’t working (9 days old [09/05/24])

Think you may have bought a turkey?

IPOs: more than one way to cook an egg (15 days old [03/05/24])

Just don’t bother looking too hard for new London listings

BHP’s bid for Anglo American chips away further at London’s reputation (19 days old [29/04/24])

Company’s exit would deal another blow to City’s status as home to listed mining groups

A fresh FTSE high is not yet reason for UK enthusiasm  (23 days old [25/04/24])

Recent turnaround still owes most to a steep and persistent valuation discount

A reformed stock market would unleash Britain’s growth (23 days old [25/04/24])

Keeping growth companies onshore would boost the FTSE and the UK economy

Five ways in which the FTSE 100 is not at a record high (26 days old [22/04/24])

Little Britain

FTSE 100 closes at record high as sterling weakens (26 days old [22/04/24])

London stocks play catch-up with global peers as expectations for UK rate cuts build

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Opinion

A castle, a forgotten cellar and a vintage port extravaganza  (19 hours old)

The underground treasures of Raby Castle are finally seeing the light of day

The public does not share government hostility to international students (19 hours old)

These individuals enhance and enrich the economy and the British university experience

Divesting shares: does it work? (19 hours old)

Offloading shares for moral reasons needs to be part of an overarching strategy

What can and can’t be learnt from Singapore (19 hours old)

The island’s ultimate strength has been a lack of dogma

How long can the good times keep rolling in markets? (19 hours old)

We should at least be alive to the risks of a reckoning

Why an uncertain world needs to take on more risk (19 hours old)

Scarring from a series of shocks generates a defensive mindset that is holding back growth

Chelsea’s flower power still packs a punch (19 hours old)

The annual London flower show has an undeniable global allure — so why is it not taken seriously?

Nvidia could be the most valuable stock in the US  (19 hours old)

Hitting a milestone valuation of $3tn is no easy task, but the chipmaker is well-placed for the challenge

New GameStop saga reveals true fools in markets (1 day old)

Return of the Roaring Kitty to the internet sparks a revival of meme-stock madness

Wegovy is becoming too essential for its elite price (1 day old)

As the health benefits of anti-obesity medicines widen, pharma companies need to rethink what they charge

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