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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.
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(Reuters) -European shares closed at a one-week low on Tuesday, with tech stocks losing the most as a rise in short-term U.S. Treasury yields reflected increased expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve as soon as March. Tech stocks declined 2.2%, the most among their peers, as they resumed a losing spree that began at the start of the year. Two-year Treasury yields , which track short-term rate expectations in the United States, crossed 1% for the first time since February 2020.
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) -More than 2 billion euros of European Union funding to help businesses save energy contributed little to climate change targets and in some cases funded investments that would have happened anyway, auditors said on Monday. The EU regards curbing energy use as essential to meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and record high gas and power prices in recent months have increased the focus on measures to save energy. But so far, EU funding to support energy savings for businesses has not been effective, the European Court of Auditors said in a report.
A wealth tax on the world's richest people could raise at least $2.52 trillion per year, enough to fund Covid vaccines for everyone and lift billions out of poverty, groups including non-profits and millionaires said Wednesday.
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.
The former boss of Unilever, Patrick Cescau, will stand down later this year and is replaced by Deanna Oppenheimer.
China may triple electricity generation to supply 60% of the country's total energy under Beijing's carbon-neutral goal by 2060, up from the current 23%, Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday. Shell is one of the largest global investors in China's energy sector, with business covering gas production, petrochemicals and a retail fuel network. A leading supplier of liquefied natural gas, it has recently expanded into low-carbon business such as hydrogen power and electric vehicle charging.
Energy bills are predicted to soar by around 50% for many households in April.
With inflation at more than 5pc in the UK and 7pc in America, and investors expecting multiple interest rate rises this year, the outlook for bonds is – on the surface – extremely negative.
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.
Sales in the retailer’s travel division fell, with airports and railway stations hit, but high street stores had a better time.
(Reuters) -London's FTSE 100 slipped on Wednesday as a rise in consumer prices to 30-year highs further fuelled bets of interest rate hikes, although strong profit forecasts from luxury brand Burberry and education group Pearson helped limit the losses. British consumer price inflation rose more than expected to 5.4% in December, official data showed, adding pressure on the Bank of England (BoE) to raise interest rates again next month. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index fell 0.1%, mirroring cautious moves in global markets as rising U.S. Treasury yields kept high-growth stocks under pressure.
The online retailer had intended to introduce the changes from Wednesday, having warned customers that the card company’s fees were too high.
The average saver will lose nearly £400 this year as interest rates offered by banks failed to keep pace with rampant inflation.
‘I’m not getting through the month’: five Britons on the cost of living crisis. People who are feeling the pinch explain how their expenses are stacking up
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.
The family of an Amazon.com delivery truck driver in Illinois who died in December when a warehouse was destroyed by a swarm of tornadoes that killed six people there, filed a lawsuit against the online retailer on Monday over his death. The suit, the first against the company stemming from the disaster, was brought in state court by the Chicago firm, Clifford Law Offices, on behalf of the family of driver Austin McEwen, 26. It was filed in Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, Illinois.