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  3. Ocado shares soar after Amazon grocery deal
  4. Brexit get underway in Brussels

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By Dearbail Jordan

All times stated are UK

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  2. US markets climb as tech stocks rebound

    US trader

    US markets have ended higher after a rebound in tech stocks.

    The S&P 500 closed 0.83% higher at 2,453.46, the Dow Jones gained 0.68% to 21,528.99, and the tech heavy Nasdaq surged 1.42% to 6,239.01.

    Technology stocks have fallen sharply in recent sessions, but Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet all closed higher on Monday.

    "Tech stocks, after being on everyone's sell list over the past few days, are now back on people's buy lists," said Anthony Conroy, president at Abel Noser. "Looks like there's some buying on the dip."

  3. Spacey and 50 Cent back mattress company

    Casper ad

    Kevin Spacey and rapper 50 Cent have joined a $170m investment round in US mattress firm Casper.

    The firm, which only sells one type of memory foam mattress, is part of a wave of alternative mattress companies that sell primarily online.

    While consumers can't try models before they buy, they are given 100 nights to test-out the product with the option of returning it.

    Other investors in the business include Tresalia, Norwest, and Irving Capital.

  4. Talks start but what now?

    David Davis and Michel Barnier are happy following the first day of discussions about Brexit.

    How will negotiations progress now?

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  5. Watch: mixing business with friendship

    Stephanie Johnson and Kristina Komlosiova are joint chief executives of London-based catering company Pollen and Grace - and best friends.

    But is it a good idea?

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    Video caption: Would you go into business with your best friend?
  6. US defense department 'uses floppy disks'

    Jared Kushner

    The great and the good of the US technology industry descended on the White House on Monday for a meeting of the American Technology Council and they were addressed by President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    The senior adviser to the US president spoke about how old the systems were within the government including the Department of Defense which he said still uses floppy disks in some instances.

    Talking about improving departmental systems, Mr Kushner, said: "Our goal here is simple. We are here to improve the day to day lives of the average citizen. That's a core promise and we are keeping it."

  7. Orange to cut BT stake

    BT Group

    Orange, the French telecoms business, says that it intends to reduce its stake take in BT Group from 4% to as little as 1.33%.

    It will initially cut its holding to 2.6% by selling shares through a private placement. BT will buy up to £200m worth of the stock.

  8. Technology lifts US stocks

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    US stock markets are still lively, mainly due to technology companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google-owner Alphabet.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Index is up 122.64 points at 21,506.92.

    The S&P 500 is ahead 18.20 points at 2,451.35 and the Nasdaq has added 86.57 points at 6,238.33.

    David Lefkowitz, senior equity strategist at UBS Wealth Management Americas, told Reuters: "Some of it is folks taking a second look at names that may have been unduly punished in the rotation out of tech that started about 10 days ago.

    "There has been no change in the fundamentals for the tech sector. Earnings growth, earnings revisions and forward looking indicators remain healthy."

  9. A historic day

    David Davis (L) shakes hand with Michel Barnier (R)
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    The press conference following the first day of Brexit talks was steeped in profundity.

    Europe's chief negotiator Michel Barnier quoted Jean Monnet, the founder of the trading bloc that later became the European Union, when he said: "I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic. I am determined."

    In response, the UK's Brexit minister David Davis quoted Winston Churchill when he said: "The pessimist see difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."

  10. Listen: Woman interrupted

    BBC World Service

    Remember when David Bonderman, a director of Uber, made a sexist remark at a meeting about combating sexism?

    Shortly before resigning last week, he claimed that more women on the board of the taxi sharing company would mean more talking.

    But the BBC's Lucy Kellaway says woman don't talk enough...and they need to interrupt more.

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    Video caption: Women should be encouraged to speak up more during meetings
  11. Pocket-sized entertainment

    Snapchat

    Other tidbits about the $100m content and advertising deal between Time Warner and Snap Inc are emerging.

    Snap will work with Time Warner's Turner cable channels and Warner Bros. studio on three to five minute shows. HBO could also develop shows for the Snapchat app.

    The owner of Snapchat will keep 50% of ad revenue generated from the shows during the two-year agreement.

  12. Barnier: I will work with UK, not against it

    Michel Barnier says that on Brexit "I will work with the UK, never against it."

    The UK and Europe have agreed to settle Irish borders, the "divorce" bill and rights of movement "asap".

  13. 'Useful start' to Brexit talks

    BBC News political correspondent Alex Forsyth tweets...

    Europe's chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier and UK Brexit minister David Davis are holding a joint press conference following the first day of talks about Britain leaving the European Union.

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  14. Media deal lifts stocks

    Actress Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
    Image caption: Actress Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

    Shares in Snap Inc, the owner of messaging app Snapchat, rose by 2.2% to $17.93 after it announced a major content and advertising deal with Time Warner.

    Media giant Time Warner owns HBO, the network behind Game of Thrones and Westworld as well as classics such as The Sopranos.

    Its shares rose 0.7% to $99.88.

  15. UK shares close up

    The FTSE 100 closed up 60.27 points at 7,523.81 on Monday.

    The FTSE 250 finished 56.91 points ahead at 19,873.30.