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  • Microsoft $8.5bn takeover of Skype isn't Music to Google's ears

    Microsoft has been in the shadow of Google for some time now when it comes to the Internet but the software giant got its own back bigtime yesterday by totally upstaging Google's announcement of its cloud streaming Music service. Whatever press c... 

  • Outrage over Foxconn's 'no suicide' pledge is a year late

    Foxconn has been making all the wrong sorts of headlines in recent months over the treatment of workers at its factories in China. Those factories have made products for a number of vendors, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Nintendo and Nokia. As many as 18 ... 

  • Spring PAYE alert for employers

    HMRC has issued an alert to employers about key PAYE changes that have or are coming in this spring. The changes affect Employer Annual Returns and starter and leaver PAYE forms. 

  • The first casualty of business is English

    I don't mean to be unfair by singling out one individual in the IT industry when so many others are guilty of the same offence, but the following quote from Dick Fens, chief executive at Bull UK and Ireland, from a story on MicroScope today, shows ju... 

  • The good news? Outsourcing is big business. The bad news? Outsourcing is big business

    The good news is that outsourcing is big business. According to the Business Services Association, there are now 340,000 people working in IT outsourcing and it contributes £24.7bn to the UK economy. But here's the thing: one raison d'etre ... 

  • Checking out cheques

    If you are a business that still accepts cheques as a method of payment, so long as a cheque guarantee card is supplied, you need to be aware of the withdrawal of the cheque guarantee card scheme from the end of June this year. The scheme which s... 

  • There's more to IT projects than cutting costs

    Interesting to see that cost-cutting has slipped down the agenda when it comes to investing in IT, at least according to the Pearlfinders Q1 Technology Index. The Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world, says cost-cutting is now the... 

  • Minimum Wage Rises

    As is the custom, the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission in terms of the new rate for the National Minimum Wage. This means that from 1 October 2011: the adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 per hou... 

  • Is Blinkbox about to move to a tax haven?

    Tesco has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in video-on-demand pioneer 

  • New tax penalties

    A new penalty regime for late filing and late payment of Income Tax through Self Assessment started in April and a tax return filed six months late could attract a penalty of at least £1,300. The old £100 penalty was not much of a de...