10 things we learned this week

The technology legacy of US garages, Spain's Kosovo veto, Elizabethan business rates.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 21 Feb 2014

1. Apple, Google, Microsoft and HP were all started in garages

2. Spain refuses to let Kosovo join the EU

3. Business rates date all the way back to the Elizabethan poor law of 1572

4. Candy Crush users play 1 billion games a day. That’s enough to make anyone diabetic…

5. Q: What do you call an idiot wearing a Google Glass? A: A ‘Glasshole’

6. The value of BT’s brand has risen by 70% in the past year

7. Mark Zuckerberg’s chosen method of negotiation involves hiking and chocolate-covered strawberries

8. One for rail enthusiasts: Hornby trains are now almost entirely built in the UK after it bought 60% of its jobs back to Britain

9. Britain’s getting healthier: cigarette sales are falling an average of 3% a year

10. January is the most lucrative month of the year for the Treasury


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