Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($ 2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the regulator’s largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting the market. The ruling also orders Google to end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face a further penalty. The US firm said it…

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London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

Stars including Emeli Sande, Pixie Lott, and Stormzy have gathered to record a Grenfell Tower charity single. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was organised by Simon Cowell. Other stars including Rita Ora and Leona Lewis recorded parts for the song on Saturday. Sande said: “It’s really inspiring to see people come together. It gives you hope in humanity.” ‘It’s an honour’ Cowell, who lives in the same London borough…

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Arsenal beat Chelsea to win record 13th FA Cup

Arsenal beat Chelsea to win record 13th FA Cup

Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win as Arsenal produced a magnificent display to win a Wembley thriller against Premier League champions Chelsea. Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Antony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey. Chelsea also claimed Sanchez handled in the build-up and their task became even harder when Victor Moses was correctly sent…

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Highlights & report: Man City win Women's FA Cup in front of record crowd

Highlights & report: Man City win Women's FA Cup in front of record crowd

Media playback is not supported on this device World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd was among the scorers as Manchester City cruised past Birmingham to win the Women’s FA Cup for the first time. Lucy Bronze headed the opener following a free-kick and crossed for Izzy Christiansen to crash home the second. Lloyd’s header capped a fine 14-minute spell to make it 3-0 by the break. Charlie Wellings’ goal gave Birmingham brief hope, but…

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Nuisance call firm Keurboom hit with record fine

Nuisance call firm Keurboom hit with record fine

A cold-calling firm has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for making almost 100 million nuisance calls. Keurboom Communications called people, sometimes at night, to see if they were eligible for road-accident or PPI compensation, the ICO said. It breached privacy laws by calling people without their consent. The company has since gone into liquidation but the ICO said it was committed to recovering the fine. It said it had…

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Cursed Child sets magical record at Olivier Awards

Cursed Child sets magical record at Olivier Awards

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won a record-breaking nine prizes at the Olivier Awards, the biggest event in the UK theatrical calendar. The wizarding saga was named best new play at the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Best actor winner Jamie Parker, who plays the grown-up Harry, thanked the show’s “resolutely enchantable audience”. Noma Dumezweni, who plays Hermione Grainger, won best supporting actress. Oliviers 2017: The winners in full Picking up her…

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BT fined record £42m for late installations

BT fined record £42m for late installations

BT has been hit with a record fine from telecoms regulator Ofcom and has set aside £300m to repay providers for delays in installing high-speed lines. Ofcom has issued the firm with a £42m fine, which it said was the largest it has ever handed down. It found BT’s Openreach division had cut compensation payments to telecoms providers for delays in installing the lines between early 2013 and late 2014. Openreach said it “apologised wholeheartedly”…

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Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Teenage pregnancies down to record low

Fewer teenagers are getting pregnant than ever before in England and Wales, according to new figures. Among under-18s, the conception rate has halved in eight years, to 21 per 1,000 women in 2015, data from the Office for National Statistics shows. This may be due to young women staying in education for longer, improved access to contraceptives and the stigma of being a teenage mother. The biggest rise in conceptions was in women aged over…

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