US job creation beats forecasts, as trade war with China begins – as it happened

All the day’s economic and financial news, as Washington and Beijing impose 25% tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s exportsSummary: Trade war breaks out213,000 jobs created in America last monthJob creation strong, but wage growth weakEarlier:Introduction: US fires first bullet in trade warChina has hit back with retaliatory tariffs 4.54pm BST And finally, here’s our Q&A on the new US-China tariffs, and what it might mean for the global economy. Related: What are trade tariffs and who will they affect? Related: China retaliates with tariffs after US begins trade war Rela read more


Pre-chopped onions aren’t pointless if you can’t hold a knife

It’s easy to question the value and usefulness of products such as frozen omelettes and ‘easy’ garlic, but they can be a lifeline for consumers with disabilitiesThis week, the Office for National Statistics has added ready-made mashed potato to the UK’s official shopping basket, which it uses to measure inflation, and people are up in arms. Who buys a pre-chopped onion that costs three times as much as a whole one? How lazy do you have to be to choose a frozen omelette over a couple of eggs?These kinds of convenience foods are an easy target. But for the 13.3 million people in Britain read more


How Fergie made the royal family finally forgive her

She's the ex-wife the royal family have blamed for dragging their name through the mud, but Sarah Ferguson looks to have turned the tables on how her former in-laws view her - and it's all down to one simple thing. The Duchess of York, whose divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996 after a decade of marriage came amongst controversy and scandal, has struggled with her relationship with the Queen and Prince Philip ever since. read more


6th Meeting of the Future Internet Forum

The sixth meeting of the Horizon 2020 Future Internet Forum (FIF) took place in Ljubljana on June 21st 2018. The FIF meeting took place in parallel of the EUCNC 18 conference, the European Conference on Networks and Communications(18-21 June, Ljubljana). A key agenda item of the FIF meeting was a consultation session related to the preparation of future R&I initiatives and partnerships in the area of Communication Networks. This session was closely linked to the Next-Generation Internet initiative. read more


Tour de France 2018: stage one – live!

Chris Froome begins title defence on 202km opening stage Philippa York’s full team-by-team guide to the TourAnd feel free to email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ 2.05pm BST There is another sporting event on today. Or one in particular other than the Eclipse at Sandown and Wimbledon. Barry Glendenning is building up to the soccer here. Related: World Cup 2018 quarter-final: Sweden v England – live! 2.03pm BST The sprint at the top of the climb begins and ends very quickly for the leaders. Laudanois surges to the front and takes the solitary mountains classification point and will be wearing read more


Privacy policies of tech giants ‘still not GDPR-compliant’

Consumer group says policies of Facebook, Amazon and Google are vague and unclearPrivacy policies from companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon don’t fully meet the requirements of GDPR, according to the pan-European consumer group BEUC.An analysis of policies from 14 of the largest internet companies shows they use unclear language, claim “potentially problematic” rights, and provide insufficient information for users to judge what they are agreeing to. Continue reading... read more