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Uber drops opposition to London language test

“This means we will no longer pursue our legal appeal,” he added” reports businessinsider.com. A photo illustration shows a London taxi passing as the Uber app logo is displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central London Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Taxi app Uber [UBER.UL] is dropping a legal appeal against the introduction of more stringent English language tests for drivers in London after the city’s transport regulator said it would water down its stringent proposals.In March last year it lost…

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Digital Agency WMA Opens Nashville Office

“WMA has launched its fourth global office with WMA Nashville, joining operations in New York, Los Angeles and London” writes Katie Krzaczek for billboard.com. After settling in Nashville, Dudley became vp of marketing strategy and new business at Sony Nashville, overseeing all marketing, brand partnerships and international strategy for the company. With the addition of Hannah we’re also extremely pleased to welcome another amazing and experienced executive to our 50 strong global WMA team.”. Hannah Dudley is joining the company to lead operations in Nashville as head of marketing strategy.Seb Weller,…

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Online estate agency Home Made raises £850K seed at £4.3M post-money valuation

“To remedy this, Home Made claims to be a new estate agency operating model, one that is driven by data analytics and technology, with better efficiencies and lower costs” writes Hours Ago John for techcrunch.com. Another online agency in the space that offers a full letting-introduction service is PurpleBricks, which Home Made expects to pass next month for number of new properties listed in London.In terms of tech, I’m told the company has developed a proprietary online platform that allows landlords to manage their properties from marketing to move-in. Source: techcrunch.com…

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Bitcoin clears $10,000 for first time in 2 weeks

“In each of the past three years, the crypto markets have experienced corrections three weeks before this important day.”” writes Graham Rapier for businessinsider.com. Charlie Munger, the 94-year-old vice chairman of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, called bitcoin “noxious poison” on Wednesday, while Llew Claasen, the executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, forecast that the cryptocurrency will go to $40,000.Meanwhile, bitcoin continues to be a topic of discussion for many in the financial world. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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‘Made in Chelsea’ star Ollie Locke has launched ‘Bumble’s little brother’ to the London and New York gay dating scenes — and he’s planning events with canapés and string quartets

“So in 2016 Locke and his co-founders Jack Rogers and Maxim Cheremkhin created their own gay dating app, Chappy” writes Rosie Fitzmaurice for businessinsider.com. A couple of weeks later, Bumble, which is majority-owned by dating app Badoo, agreed to invest in Chappy.”You know it was the the first ever dating app?. Chappy already hosts it’s own events, but Locke stressed they’re not exclusive and range from brunches to sporting to events to huge parties. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Alt-Lending Conglomerate TruFin Lands $97M In IPO

“An alternative lending conglomerate based in the U.K. just secured more than $97 million through an initial public offering” reports pymnts.com. The new rules, enacted in 2016, have also encouraged traditional banks to collaborate and partner with alternative finance platforms.The firm is the holding company for an array of FinTech companies operating in supply chain finance, invoice finance and the dynamic discounting market. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Janet Street Porter’s iconic townhouse Grade-II listed

“A spectacular Clerkenwell townhouse built in the Eighties by celebrated architect Piers Gough for journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter has been given Grade II-listed status” writes Amira Hashish for independent.co.uk. The four-storey building has been hailed as an “extrovert and ostentatious example of post-modern domestic architecture” and an “uncommon late 20th-century revival of the London townhouse tradition”. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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How Christine Lagarde planned to use EU rules to force business from London to Paris — 7 years before Brexit

“Lagarde told her she planned to use an upcoming legislation review as a means to force business back to France” writes Oscar Williams-grut for businessinsider.com. France is still agitating to try and win financial business back from the UK, this time using Brexit as a means to lobby for new rules that would force business from London.They were already preparing reports to set the scene for taking back trading from London and putting it back in the national exchanges.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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