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Image copyright Getty Images I’ve been nervously chatting to Lara on the dating platform Match.com for two minutes. She’s flattered me about my age (“so young!”) and she says she’s going to take care of me. I like her already – but Lara is not real. She – or rather,…

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Image copyright John Lewis Image caption The latest John Lewis campaign focuses on a little boy and his friendship with an imaginary monster Brands will be spending a record £6bn on Christmas advertising in 2017, according to an industry body forecast. The Advertising Association says it is being driven by…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption High earners were persuaded to invest in projects focused on reforesting areas of Brazil Six men who orchestrated an “audacious and cynical” tax fraud have been jailed for between 11 years and 20 months. They persuaded wealthy people to invest in environmental projects in…

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Image copyright EPA When it comes to the cost of owning a pet, many people in the UK are finding that there’s just not enough money in the kitty. Modern economic pressures mean that fewer households now own a pet. Just 56% now have one, down from 63% five years…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe says Christmas food prices are no higher than 2015 The boss of Sainsbury’s has said the UK is “probably through the worst” of a weaker pound fuelling food inflation. After years of deflation, Brexit currency movements meant…

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Image copyright Warner Bros Interactive Image caption A logo but no footage has been released for the new game The maker of Pokemon Go has revealed it is working on a Harry Potter-themed follow-up that will also include augmented reality features. Niantic said players would find and fight fantasy beasts…

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Image copyright Getty Images Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as “broken”, following complaints over the type of accounts being verified. Typically, prominent people, including musicians, journalists and company executives, get a blue icon on their profile after proving their identity. However, some far-right and white-supremacist accounts…

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There have been claims and counter-claims about the amount of money that Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has made or saved for the exchequer. The prime minister has quoted a figure of £160bn since 2010, but the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, dismissed that figure, saying: “It looks as though they have…

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Image copyright PA Image caption A girl plays with the Fingerlings toy UK toy retailers are holding out for a busy Christmas after sales fell by 2% in the first nine months of the year. Analysts and retailers expect a flat full year at best for the industry following two…

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