10 things we learned this week

Why we hate Facebook Messenger, New Look's kimono bonanza, stinginess in the tech sector.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 15 Aug 2014

1. People really, really hate Facebook Messenger

2. New Look sells one kimono every five seconds

3. The UK’s technology industry is surprisingly stingy

4. Why didn’t London’s black cab drivers think of this? Uber and its rival Lyft have allegedly spent the past few months attempting to sabotage one another by booking and then cancelling thousands of cab rides

5. Last year, shares in Farmville creator Zynga fell as low as $2.09, having floated at $11 in 2011

6. One of G4S’ contracts is to clear mines from South Sudan and Iraq. Let's hope it does that better than it did security at the Olympics...

7. A third of the rise in employment during the economic recovery has come from self-employment

8. Coutts, the bank used by royalty, has been around since 1692

9. The number of people remortgaging their homes has plummeted since the beginning of the recession

10. It’s not often you get 100% of anything in a survey – but such was the strength of the property market at the end of last year that in October, 100% of surveyors said property prices in London had risen in the previous three months

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