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Google has changed its white noise, users have complained – and it has left children unable to sleep and adults confused. The Google Assistant inside products like its small Home speakers offers a range of different ambient sounds, aimed at relaxing, sleeping or other users. One of those is white noise, which users can ask to play if they want help with concentrating or drifting off.
According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, real average weekly earnings fell in November for the first time since July 2020.
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BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany's new Finance Minister Christian Lindner has called on fellow cabinet members to counter-finance any higher spending with budget cuts elsewhere in their departments, two people familiar with the government's 2022 draft budget said on Tuesday. The guidelines mark a shift in Berlin's fiscal policy after two years of record net new borrowing and unprecedented state spending to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens and companies in Europe's largest economy. Lindner is party leader of the fiscally cautious Free Democrats (FDP), the smallest junior partner in Social Democrat Chancellor Olaf Scholz's three-party ruling coalition that also includes the environmentalist, pro-spending Greens.
ASML forecast sales growth of 20% in 2022 despite a fire this month at its Berlin plant as the supplier to chipmakers on Wednesday reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit. Europe's largest technology company by market capitalisation said that the Jan. 3 fire had damaged part of one building and caused smoke damage at a second. ASML Chief Executive Peter Wennink said "the expected impact of the fire in part of a building at our Berlin site is included" in the 2022 growth forecast.
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The former boss of Unilever, Patrick Cescau, will stand down later this year and is replaced by Deanna Oppenheimer.
Euro zone inflation is set to burn hotter throughout 2022 than expected a month ago, according to economists polled by Reuters, which could pressure the European Central Bank to tighten policy once the Omicron wave of the pandemic passes. For the near-term, the virus remains a wild card, with a wide range of forecasts on economic growth in the Jan 11-18 poll and the median forecast for the current quarter chopped to 0.5% from 0.7%. More than two-thirds of economists polled said the Omicron variant will have a milder economic impact than Delta, mainly because there are fewer restrictions in place now.
The lithium-borates project near Loznica in the western Jadar valley is slated to position the Anglo-Australian miner as Europe's largest lithium supplier for at least next 15 years amid a boom in electric vehicle sales. The mine has faced opposition from environmental activists and local communities over concerns of environmental damage, forcing the local municipality last year to scrap a plan to allocate land for the facility. The Balkan nation will decide whether Rio can proceed with developing the mine after a general election in April, its prime minister told Reuters earlier this month.
Burberry’s shares have managed a gain of just 1% over the last year, as compared to a hike of almost 13% for the wider FTSE100.
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Surging energy costs will keep up inflationary pressure but Bailey rules out interest rate rises for now.
The new show by American artist Kaws will span ‘physical, virtual and augmented realities’.
Several airlines are grounding flights to and from the US due to the rollout of the mobile phone technology near airports.
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The Office for National Statistics said average weekly pay after inflation, excluding bonuses, fell 1% year-on-year in November.
Sales in the retailer’s travel division fell, with airports and railway stations hit, but high street stores had a better time.
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The European Commission is likely to approve 1.7 billion euros ($1.93 billion) in state aid for Berlin airport to help ensure it does not go bankrupt, several people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Operators of the Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt airport that opened in 2020 have applied for 1.734 billion euros in aid made available through the Temporary Framework scheme to firms hit hard by the crisis. Sources told Reuters there were positive signals that the Commission would give the green light for the entire 1.7 billion euros and the decision could be made from Friday.
Aldi has narrowly pipped rival Lidl to be named cheapest supermarket of the year by Which?