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Summary

  1. Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn (£18.5bn)
  2. FTSE 100 sheds 70 points as Brexit fears mount
  3. Pound falls on uncertainty over referendum vote
  4. G4S shares fall 5% after Orlando gunman found to be an employee

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By Bill Wilson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That is all from us this evening... see you again on Tuesday. 

  2. US markets wobble again

    Dow Jones at close

    Wall Street stumbled for a third session in a row on Monday.

    Microsoft fell 2.5% after announcing it would buy online networking company LinkedIn for $26.2bn. But LinkedIn shares jumped 47%. 

    The Dow Jones fell 132.86 points, or 0.74% percent, at 17732.48, the S&P 500 was down 17 points, or 0.8% at 2079.06, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 46 points, or 0.94%, to 4848.44.

  3. Nigerian female mechanic trains other women

    BBC World Service tweets....

  4. Norway and the ins and outs of EU membership

    BBC Business tweets...

  5. What is the EU Energy Union Strategy?

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The EU Commission's Energy Union Strategy proposes to create a single European energy market.

    The Energy Union plan would give the Commission more influence in the negotiation of gas supply contracts.

    It is partly designed to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas, at a time of tension over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    The proposals still need to be approved by member states and the European Parliament.

    The Commission says they will give customers more choice, bring down prices and cut down on the use of fossil fuels.

    Read more here.

    Pressure gauge on a gas pipe
  6. Asda chief Andy Clarke to be replaced

    Andy Clarke has led Asda for six years

    Asda owner Walmart has said the UK supermarket's chief executive, Andy Clarke, is stepping down to be replaced by the head of Walmart's Chinese business, Sean Clarke.

    Walmart said Sean Clarke's experience would allow him to "reposition the business" in a competitive market.

    Sean Clarke started his retail career at Asda in 2001 and has also worked for Walmart in Japan and Canada.

    Asda has now reported seven straight quarters of declining sales.

  7. Sadiq Khan bans body shaming ads on the Tube

    "Are you beach body ready" advert

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has banned adverts on the London transport network which could be seen as body shaming.

    From next month, Transport for London won't allow ads that could cause pressure to conform to an "unrealistic or unhealthy body shape", or create body confidence issues.

    “Nobody should feel pressurised, while they travel on the Tube or bus, into unrealistic expectations surrounding their bodies and I want to send a clear message to the advertising industry about this,” Mr Khan said.

    A weight-loss product advert featuring a bikini-clad model asking "Are you beach body ready?" (shown above) attracted hundreds of complaints last year. That advert would not be allowed under the new rules, a spokesperson for the mayor confirmed. 

  8. Riding the wave

    Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella explains why the $26bn LinkedIn deal is about riding the next wave of technology to technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

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    Video caption: Microsoft boss explains how LinkedIn fits with his plans for the future
  9. Universal superfast broadband 'not enough': TalkTalk boss

    Digital Skills debate

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    Parliament

    Baroness Harding of Winscombe - better known perhaps as TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding - argues that improving broadband coverage in the UK is "not enough". She tells peers that 10m people "remain digitally excluded" as they do not know how to use the internet. 

    "The vast majority" of digitally excluded people have access to super-fast broadband, they're scared of it and they think it's not for them. Extending broadband coverage is not a substitute for improving digital skills," she says.

    Pointing to research from the Tinder Foundation she tells peers it costs "as little as £47 to open up the digital world to someone" and calls on the government to increase the investment into achieving universal digital literacy.

    Baroness Harding of Winscomb
  10. Trolls about?

    North America technology correspondent Dave Lee wonders whether the timing of the LinkedIn deal was coincidental. WWDC is Apple's developer conference, in case you were wondering. 

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  11. How the deal will work

    Watch technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones's interview with Microsoft chief Satya Nadella and LinkedIn boss Jeff Weiner.

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    Video caption: Bosses Jeff Weiner and Satya Nadella explain how the $26bn deal will work
  12. What is a LinkedIn user really worth?

    BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tweets....

  13. G4S shares slide on Florida gunman link

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    G4S shares fell 4.9% on Monday after it emerged the company had employed Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, who killed 50 people in a Florida nightclub.

    G4S said Mateen was employed at a residential community in south Florida.

    The fall appeared to be prompted by worries the massacre could damage G4S's ability to win US government contracts.

    The 9.18p decline to 178.2p brings the slide in G4S shares this year to more than 21%, and 38% over the past 12 months, leaving the company worth £2.7bn.  

  14. In search of the perfect office

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    Video caption: In the first of five features, Paddy O Connell goes in search of the perfect place to work
  15. Bank stocks dip as EU vote looms

    FTSE closes at three month low

    FTSE close graph

    It's not just the pound that's taken a buffeting today over uncertainty about next week's EU referendum result. Some of the UK's biggest bank stocks have also seen declines. 

    Lloyds was down by 4.21%, Barclays by 2.51% and Standard Chartered by 2.91%.

    The FTSE 100 ended the day down by 70.79 points, or 1.16%, at 6044.97.  That is its lowest close since the second week in March. 

  16. Sterling suffers volatile trading

    Man counting US dollar and Bank of England sterling notes

    Sterling see-sawed on Monday as investors reacted to growing uncertainty over the outcome of the UK's EU referendum.

    The currency initially slipped against the dollar and euro, only to start recovering in mid-afternoon trading.

    Earlier, sterling weakened to a three-year low against the Japanese yen of 149.50. 

    The pound also sank to an eight-week low against the dollar but subsequently recovered to trade 0.14% higher at $1.4275. Against the euro, sterling was off intra-day lows, but still down 0.26% at 1.2647.

  17. The oil barons' revolution

    BBC Scotland business editor Douglas Fraser tweets...