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Dan Macadam

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  1. Good night

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    That's it for tonight - thanks for reading. Do join us from 06:00am tomorrow when we'll have news on rail fares as well as a series of hearings on the impact of Brexit on leading UK industries.

  2. Tech stocks miss out on tax bump

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    Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet and Apple all suffered falls, as investors moved money out of tech stocks and into shares that stand to gain more from US tax cuts.

    The tech-heavy Nasdaq index finished 1% lower at 6,775.37 points, with analysts saying tech firms have become relatively expensive after leading the market's gains this year.

    The big driving force on Wall Street at the start of the week was the US Senate's approval of the biggest tax law change since the 1980s.

    It saw the blue chip Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes hit record highs during trading, before easing back slightly.

    The Dow Jones eased to a record closing high of 24,290.05 - a rise of 0.2% - but the S&P 500 finished down 0.1% at 2,639.44.

  3. Uber setback

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    An appeal by Uber against a decision on drivers' employment rights will be heard by the UK's Court of Appeal, rather than the Supreme Court.

    The ride-hailing firm lost a challenge at the Employment Appeals Tribunal last month over whether drivers were workers rather than self-employed.

    Uber hoped to "leapfrog" the next stage in the process by appealing to the Supreme Court - but it has been told it must go to the Court of Appeal instead.

    One of the claimants, Yaseen Aslam, said: "Now that Uber has been denied permission to go straight to the Supreme Court, they should take this opportunity to work with their drivers instead of fighting them at every stage."

  4. How easy is it to buy something with Bitcoin?

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    Video caption: Just how easy is it to buy something with Bitcoin?

    We reported earlier on the rollercoaster ride that Bitcoin has been on this year. But how does it live up to the original goals of its creators as a "peer-to-peer electronic cash system"?

    BBC Newshour reporter Paul Coletti tries to find somewhere in central London that accepts the digital currency, with little success...

  5. Oprah's 'aha moment'

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    Oprah Winfrey has a reputation as one of the savviest women in US television, building up a fortune of $3bn (according to Forbes).

    The chat-show-host-turned-diet-guru has now added to that with a deal to sell a stake in her own TV network.

    Media giant Discovery has paid $70m to increase its holding in the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Oprah will retain a minority interest and continue in her role as chief executive of OWN, Discovery said.

  6. Deutsche Bank shareholder probe

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    Germany's financial watchdog is investigating the stock market disclosures of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, the biggest shareholder in Deutsche Bank with a near-10% stake, according to a German newspaper report.

    Bafin is examining whether HNA correctly disclosed its Deutsche shareholdings while building a stake earlier this year, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

    Bafin was not immediately available for comment.

    HNA said its disclosure of Deutsche Bank shareholdings have been and are correct.

    In November Switzerland's Takeover Board said HNA gave partially untrue or incomplete information during the takeover of Swiss airline catering firm Gategroup last year.

  7. UK mulls Bitcoin regulation

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    One of the big stories last week was Bitcoin's value breaking through $10,000, swiftly followed by $11,000, before yo yo-ing down to $9,000 and back again.

    The digital currency is currently trading at about $11,500 - just below its record high. Its staggering rise of more than 1,000% this year has prompted regulators to take a closer look.

    The BBC's tech desk has a story that the UK Treasury believes anti-money laundering regulations should be updated to include Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

    Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police says criminals are using crypto-currency cash machines to launder money in London, and are making illegal purchases on dark market websites.

  8. Sterling steadies

    Let's take a quick look at the currency markets - the pound has settled down after a see-saw day.

    It pushed higher in the morning on reports that the UK and EU would agree to move to the next stage of Brexit talks, before slumping again when the deal failed to materialise.

    Sterling is now trading at $1.3465, pretty much where it started the day; and is still slightly higher against the euro at €1.1360.

    Here's a reminder of how the pound lost its gains after Theresa May's crunch talks with EU commission president Jean Claude Juncker ended without an agreement.

    Pound against the dollar
  9. Working it

    BBC World Service

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    Video caption: Amid high unemployment up to 2,000 teenagers are homeless, but some work at Armadura Gym

    Some 2,000 teenagers are homeless in Mozambique's capital Maputo, where unemployment is rife.

    The BBC's Kim Gittleson meets some of the country's keep-fit entrepreneurs who have offered young people a way out of poverty.

  10. What on earth happened?

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker

    Meetings in Brussels often run over. Maybe it's the witty repartee, or the chest-beating, or the fact that the institutions here are in the business of trying to get nearly 30 countries to agree on complicated issues. It is political rocket science.

    But when Theresa May's lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker went on, and on, and on, and on, a whiff of doubt started to do the rounds.

    I'm told 20 minutes after [DUP leader Arlene] Foster's press conference, she received a call from the prime minister, in which it was made plain that the DUP could not support the proposed deal.

    They were not prepared to put up with something that looked like it was a victory for Dublin that was, in the DUP's view, ambiguous on Northern Ireland.

    Theresa May had broken off her talks with Jean-Claude Juncker to hear that she would not be able to claim victory today. She then went back into the meeting, and shortly after made her grim statement alongside him.

    Number 10 sources insist that it was not all about the DUP, saying citizens' rights are still to be completely resolved, as well as the issue of the border.

    Read more here.

  11. Barclays whistleblower ruling 'next year'

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    An investigation into Barclays chief executive Jes Staley's attempts to deal with a whistleblower will not be finished this year.

    The Financial Conduct Authority will conclude the investigation in early 2018, after some sources had suggested it could finish this month, according to a Bloomberg report.

    The regulator and bank declined to comment about the probe, which started in April this year.

    BBC Newsnight business editor Helen Thomas tweets...

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  12. Even Lamborghini now has an SUV...

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    If you can't beat em, join em. Lamborghini - the Italian sports car maker best known for outlandish designs and huge price tags - has revealed its first sport-utility vehicle as the Volkswagen-owned brand seeks a slice of the fast-growing market.

    Lamborghini believes the Urus could double its annual sales volumes, which stood at just under 3,500 last year.

    "It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments," says chief executive Stefano Domenicali.

    That's all well and good - but what does it cost? Brace yourself: it's well over €200,000 including tax.

    You get a 4 litre V8 twin-turbo engine with 650 horsepower and a top speed of 305 km/h for your cash at least...

  13. Reality Check

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    Owen Paterson saying: The amount of trade is really quite small between the two countries: the Republic of Ireland and the UK. It's 5% of Northern Ireland's exports - it's 1.6% of the Republic of Ireland's exports.

    Owen Paterson told the Today Programme that there's only a small amount of trade between the UK and Republic of Ireland.

    The Republic of Ireland is the fifth biggest customer for UK exports. The UK is the second biggest customer for Irish exports.

    And the Republic of Ireland is a much more important destination for exports from Northern Ireland than Mr Paterson's figures suggest. It doesn't buy 5%, it buys 37%.

    But Northern Ireland does indeed buy 1.6% of the Irish Republic's exports.

    You can read the full Reality Check here.

  14. Powdair delays take off

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    Start-up airline Powdair has abandoned plans to operate flights from six UK airports to Sion in Switzerland this winter after its main investor walked away.

    Since then it has had a new investment offer from alternative investors, which Powdair says will secure its financial future.

    However, the paperwork needed to finalise the new investment will take at least a month, meaning Powdair won't launch this winter, but next year instead.

    "The company will continue to exist, albeit with a longer timeline for getting planes in the air," it says in a statement.

    Any customers who have already booked will receive full refunds.

  15. Facebook like?

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    Video caption: Tech giant opens its biggest engineering hub outside the US

    Facebook's vice president for Europe, Nicola Mendelsohn, has told our business editor Simon Jack that she's "very excited" about its new London office.

    The social network's expansion will create 800 new UK jobs in 2018.

    Ms Mendelsohn defended Facebook's tax affairs in the UK, and said many of the new roles would be engineers working on products like its virtual reality headset Oculus.

  16. Slam dunk for US betting?

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    In the UK, sports fans can bet on pretty much anything - from red cards in football through to the chances of a wardrobe malfunction at half-time in the Super Bowl.

    It's a different story in the US, where betting on sports is banned in most states.

    But a case has just got underway in the Supreme Court which could overturn that.

    The state of New Jersey is challenging the 1992 federal law that largely outlawed sports gambling, saying that states should have the right to decide.

    New Jersey, which includes Atlantic City, has lost a string of cases on the issue, but that won't stop UK gambling firms - like William Hill, Ladbrokes, Betfair and 888 - or US sports fans watching it closely.

  17. Pound dips

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    The pound fell below €1.14 and $1.35 on news of those last-minute obstacles in the Brexit talks, but it has since stemmed the decline.

    It's currently hovering around the €1.1360 mark against the euro - a 0.3% rise on the day. Against the dollar, it's down nearly 0.2% on the day at $1.3455.

    "Sterling has dipped more than fallen off a cliff," said Societe Generale macro strategist Kit Juckes.

    "No deal today doesn't necessarily mean the end of the world if we've got a couple more days left," he said.