• Daily Mail To Lay Off 400 Staff Due To Ad Slump
    The owner of the "Daily Mail" has cut more than 400 jobs and launched a strategic review of its businesses as it continues to face a tough advertising market. Daily Mail & General Trust said it will take a GBP50m exceptional charge this year relating to the reorganisation of the business, more than triple the GBP15m it said it expected in May.
  • A Quarter Of Brits Think Robots Would Give Better Customer Service
    Robots are already toiling away in factories across the world - but how would you feel about coming face to face with one? According to the results of a new survey over a quarter of British consumers (27%) believe a robot would provide better customer service than a human. That means dealing with a robot waiter in a restaurant or chatting with an artificial intelligence at a call centre.
  • Consumer Confidence Back Up To Pre-Brexit Level
    Consumer confidence rose to pre-Brexit levels in September, according to GfK's latest index. While the core consumer confidence index remains negative, it rose a further six points this month to -1. British consumers' propensity to make major purchases also rose two points in September to +9, continuing August's positive momentum.
  • Half Of Copyright Investigations Involve Kodi Boxes And Illegal Streaming
    Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top box software to stream pirated videos is now the top priority for rights holders, a report says. Some boxes or "TV sticks" support software that can stream subscription movies, sport and TV channels over the internet for free. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said about half of its current investigations concerned the devices.
  • Freeview Aligns Itself To Be Friends With The Netflix Generation
    Freeview's new campaign 'The Other Way' is both a bid to raise brand awareness and make the service contribute to people leaving their bundles with the likes of BT and Sky. It will launch its most "innovative and ambitious" advertising campaign to date on Saturday with a series of real-time ads. The 'short contextual films' will provide commentary to the show being watched.
  • Open Rights Group Says Marketers' Misuse Of Data Is 'Worrying'
    The ORG's comments came after a Chartered Institute of Marketing report found that 92% of consumers do not understand how their data is used. Some 81% of marketers surveyed also said their companies share data across departments without permission from consumers. Both the CIM and the ORG suggested this was illegal.
  • Argos Committed To Own-Brand Sales After Sainsbury's Merger
    Argos is forging ahead with its ambitious goal of having its own brands make up at least a third of sales by 2018 and has launched a new homeware label called The Collection, a seal of faith in the brand amid the merger with Sainsbury's, which also has a number of its own home and electrical brands.
  • Unilever Launches Content Divisions
    The FMCG giant has partnered with agency group Oliver to create U-Studio. It will focus on what it calls "needs content" -- content sought out by consumers that meets an immediate need. U-Studio is joined by U-Entertainment, which is focused on "passions content" and will work to pair Unilever's global brands with partners in the entertainment industry to create content that it will co-own.
  • Apple To Move To Battersea Power Station HQ
    Apple has agreed to a deal to move its London headquarters to occupy almost half of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, relocating 1,400 staff to the iconic building. The company will be the largest office tenant in the development, taking up six floors and moving into the new space in 2021. The deal is the largest office letting in London's West End in 20 years, according to the site's developer.
  • Ashley Madison Confident It Can Achieve 'The Greatest Comeback Of All Time'
    Despite falling victim to a high-profile cyber attack that leaked the personal details of 30 million users, controversial dating site Ashley Madison says it has attracted five million new users in the wake of the scandal, as it shifts its communications focus onto open relationships rather than adultery.
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