Friday newspaper round-up: Twitter, Gatwick, banks

by | Jul 7, 2023

(Sharecast News) – Twitter has threatened to sue Meta over its new Threads app, which Mark Zuckerberg has openly billed as a rival, claiming the company has violated Twitter’s “intellectual property rights”. In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, first published by the news outlet Semafor, a lawyer for Twitter said the company “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, willful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”. – Guardian
London Gatwick has formally submitted plans for a £2.2bn second runway, as the airport looks to double its passenger numbers to 75 million a year. Gatwick said the planned runway would generate 14,000 jobs and bring a £1bn annual boost to the region. Campaigners said the additional flights would significantly worsen noise and air pollution, as well as carbon emissions, from the airport. – Guardian

Almost 390,000 people who took early retirement during the onset of the pandemic have fallen into poverty, according to a leading think-tank. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said around half of those aged 50 to 70 who left the workforce in 2020-21 ended up living in “relative poverty” because of “labour market disruptions or health concerns”. – Telegraph

The financial regulator called on banks to move faster to raise savings rates for consumers after calling in the bosses of high street banks yesterday. The Financial Conduct Authority said that the banks recognised they “needed to do more to help their consumers access the best rates” and urged them to accelerate recent increases. – Telegraph

The quality of work produced by Britain’s auditors is improving, although some of the challenger firms looking to break the stranglehold of the Big Four have been scolded again for their “unacceptable” performances. BDO, the UK’s fifth-largest accountant, and Mazars, the seventh-largest, were admonished last year by the Financial Reporting Council, the industry regulator, for “growing too fast”. – The Times

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