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March 20, 2009  4:28 PM

Poll to shed Sir Fred of his knighthood rejected

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Finance

The internet-using public has been putting their time to good use calling for Fred Goodwin's knighthood to be stripped from him. A petition on the Downing Street website has garnered a modest 2,085 (at time of writing), prompting Gordon Brown to reject the fairly muted public outcry.

March 20, 2009  4:28 PM

Bill Gates back on top as his fortune takes a tumble

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Finance, research

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Bill Gates.

The good news: he is back at the top of the Forbes rich list for 2009.The bad news: he has lost £12.2bn.

It is no wonder that the world is plunging into recession. The top five of the Forbes Rich List 2009 have lost about...


March 20, 2009  4:25 PM

German TV licence authority flogging a dead scholar

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Finance, government

The BBC licence fee is a source of much ire. Downtime found an entire website devoted to those who do not have a television complaining about the harassment they have been subjected to from the licensing authority.

But Germany's licence fee...


January 16, 2009  4:36 PM

Barclays ‘technical error’ leads to £100bn overdraft

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Finance

We have all come to understand that bankers' greed and -incompetence knows no boundaries, but Barclays Bank customer Donald Moffat must have been surprised to find that he had run up an overdraft of £100bn on his current account.

After Moffat insisted that he had not withdrawn the...


December 17, 2008  8:42 AM

Online banking spells end for dirty money stories

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Finance

Downtime was happy to read the story about the binman who found £10,000 worth of ripped bank-notes in a dustbin. Best of luck to him: if he pieces it back together, the Bank of England will replace the cash with...


December 1, 2008  3:41 PM

City IT workers take a break from financial apocalypse

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Finance

A website is offering City IT workers the...

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October 10, 2008  4:41 PM

BBC blogger demonstrates muscle of internet media

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Finance, National news

Anyone who thinks print offers a future in publishing should ponder this: Britain's biggest banks blame BBC blogger, business editor Robert Peston, for wiping £17bn of the value off their shares, thus contributing to chancellor Alistair Darling having to dip his hand into taxpayers' pockets for...


September 26, 2008  10:10 AM

University students live on kebabs and credit crunchies

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Finance

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September 26, 2008  10:07 AM

Financial turmoil could spell acronym windfall

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Finance

Here at Downtime we tire of spelling out acronyms. And this is about to get worse if the current consolidation in the banking sector continues.


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