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Tuesday newspaper round-up: Mark Zuckerberg, BoE, electric car batteries

(Sharecast News) - Washington DC's attorney general has sued Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold the Facebook co-founder personally responsible for his alleged role in allowing the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle. The suit, filed in the capital by the District of Columbia attorney general, Karl Racine, alleges that Zuckerberg directly participated in policies that allowed Cambridge Analytica to gather the personal data of US voters without their knowledge in an attempt to help Donald Trump's election campaign. - Guardian The Bank of England will be forced to continue home working if it wants to hire more staff despite the "benefits" of face-to-face conversations, Andrew Bailey has said. The Governor warned the Bank could struggle to recruit if it refuses to let employees work from home, but said he wanted more of them to come into the office. - Telegraph

The cost of electric car batteries will surge 15pc if metal prices remain high, in a blow to millions of consumers seeking to upgrade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned. Supply disruption caused by Russia's war in Ukraine is adding to already surging costs of key components in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, such as nickel and cobalt, forcing manufacturers to pay more or try to find other sources. - Telegraph

A proposed new nuclear power plant in north Wales could cost as much as £17 billion but would be quicker and cheaper to build than EDF's Hinkley Point C in Somerset, according to the American consortium behind the project. Westinghouse, the reactor maker, and Bechtel, the engineering group, hope to win government support and potential taxpayer investment for their plan to build two reactors at Wylfa on Anglesey. - The Times

Almost one in five British workers expect to switch to a new job in the coming year as they seek higher pay. Eighteen per cent said they were very likely to switch to a new employer in the next 12 months, with a desire for a pay rise driving 72 per cent of those employees. More than a quarter, or 27 per cent, plan to ask for more money next year, according to the survey by PwC of about 2,000 UK workers and a further 50,000 from across the world. - The Times

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Sunday newspaper round-up: Middle East, Aston Martin, Defence
(Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph
Friday newspaper round-up: Everton, AstraZeneca, Amazon
(Sharecast News) - Everton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest. The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club's most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: Border controls, McKinsey, KPMG
(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shoplifting, EnQuest, Klarna
(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

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