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Banking and Finance
Sunak’s budget was great for estate agents, but it did nothing for generation rent  Guardian :  Polly Toynbee 
Flash rally in Bank of Japan shares leaves brokers perplexed  Financial Times :  Leo Lewis 
FCA fines former Stifel Nicolaus trader for market abuse  Financial Times :  Caroline Binham 
Johnson under pressure to publish ‘levelling-up’ fund criteria  Financial Times :  Andy Bounds 
Government’s new ‘infrastructure bank’ so small it will have no effect on growth, watchdog says  Independent :  Jon Stone 
KPMG agrees £400m sale of restructuring unit to HIG Capital  Financial Times :  Kaye Wiggins 
Lloyds Bank plans to become private landlord  Financial Times :  Nicholas Megaw 
Schroders avoids dividend cut as assets under management hit record high  Financial Times :  Chris Flood 
Greensill case shows risks of supply chain finance  Financial Times :  General editorial piece 
Tens of thousands of jobs at risk as Greensill Capital moves closer to collapse  Guardian :  Ben Butler 

US Banking and Finance
Fed Chair Powell Offered a Patient Message. Markets Quivered Anyway.  New York Times :  Jeanna Smialek 
Investors Are Focused on Treasurys. Here’s What the Fed Could Do.  New York Times :  Jeanna Smialek 
Powell: Higher inflation temporary, Fed will be 'patient'  Independent :  Associated Press 
The Fed must avoid a repeat of the March Treasuries mystery  Financial Times :  Gillian Tett 
Financial bubbles also lead to golden ages of productive growth  Financial Times :  John Thornhill 
Former financial regulators to Supreme Court: ‘Tread carefully’  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Hedge funds cash in on the ‘great reflation trade’  Financial Times :  Laurence Fletcher 
US mortgage rates steady to higher; 30-year at 3.02%  Independent :  Associated Press 
EXPLAINER: Why rising rates are unsettling Wall Street  Independent :  Associated Press 
ARK Invest: big stakes and a short swing  Financial Times :  Jamie Powell 
Coinbase founder rides crypto boom to Nasdaq listing  Financial Times :  Miles Kruppa 
KPMG agrees £400m sale of restructuring unit to HIG Capital  Financial Times :  Kaye Wiggins 

Basic Materials
Farmers and rights groups boycott food summit over big business links  Guardian :  John Vidal 
Texas Farmers Tally Up the Damage From a Winter Storm ‘Massacre’  New York Times :  Kim Severson 
People wasting almost 1bn tonnes of food a year, UN report reveals  Guardian :  Damian Carrington 
Tesla to become adviser on nickel project in bid to secure key metal  Financial Times :  Henry Sanderson 
Polystyrene to be phased out next year under Australia's plastic waste plan  Guardian :  Graham Readfearn 
Scapa stands firm  Guardian :  Nils Pratley 
Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance stops payments to stricken Greensill  Financial Times :  Michael Pooler 

Consumer Goods
Johnson & Johnson loses court appeal over pelvic mesh negligence  Guardian :  General editorial piece 
One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine  New York Times :  Noah Weiland 
People wasting almost 1bn tonnes of food a year, UN report reveals  Guardian :  Damian Carrington 
Scotch whisky tariffs suspended in new US agreement  Scotsman :  Alexander Brown 
The United States suspends tariffs on Scotch whisky and other British products.  New York Times :  Eshe Nelson 
Quorn owner Monde Nissin plans record Manila debut share offer  Financial Times :  Hudson Lockett 
Nintendo Switch to get new 'Pro' version with bigger display and 4K graphics, report claims  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 

Economy
UK car industry reports worst February sales since 1959  Guardian :  Jasper Jolly 
UK construction sector rebuilds solid growth in February  Scotsman :  Simon Neville 
Sunak told promise to protect families ‘sticks in craw’ of those missing out on Covid support  Independent :  Andrew Woodcock 
UK scraps EU cap on Covid grants for struggling businesses  Financial Times :  Jim Pickard 
Government’s new ‘infrastructure bank’ so small it will have no effect on growth, watchdog says  Independent :  Jon Stone 
Johnson under pressure to publish ‘levelling-up’ fund criteria  Financial Times :  Andy Bounds 
Levelling up fund fails to tackle legacy of austerity, says Labour  Guardian :  Heather Stewart 
Tories accused of levelling up 'stitch-up' over regional deprivation fund  Guardian :  Peter Walker 
No strategy to Sunak marking his own homework on industry  Guardian :  Nils Pratley 
Office for Budget Responsibility now sees ‘faster recovery’ says Rishi Sunak  Independent :  Ben Chu 
Rishi Sunak’s plans to cut £16bn from public spending will cause ‘real additional pain’  Independent :  Andrew Woodcock 
Sunak is an arsonist posing as a firefighter. It's Labour's job to expose the truth  Guardian :  Owen Jones 
Sunak’s budget was great for estate agents, but it did nothing for generation rent  Guardian :  Polly Toynbee 
UK business leaders condemn ‘sad and bad’ axing of industrial strategy panel  Guardian :  Phillip Inman 
UK living standards to stagnate even after Covid crisis fades, warns thinktank  Guardian :  Jasper Jolly 
Huge rise in number of young people out of education, employment or training, latest data shows  Independent :  Ella Glover 
Sharp rise in 'Neets' shows impact of Covid lockdowns on UK young  Guardian :  Larry Elliott 
200,000 UK women in line for pension back-payments of about £13,500  Guardian :  Miles Brignall 
Property boss says stimulus has made UK market ‘too big to fail’  Financial Times :  George Hammond 
Investors lambast Sunak’s plans to raise corporation tax  Financial Times :  Daniel Thomas 
Rishi Sunak defends increase in UK corporation tax  Financial Times :  Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe 
Extra 1.3m people in UK to start paying income tax over next five years  Guardian :  Miles Brignall 
'Families are struggling': Britons react to Rishi Sunak's 2021 budget  Guardian :  Hilary Osborne 
Keir Starmer criticised by Labour left-wingers for backing tax rises on low-paid  Independent :  Jon Stone 
Sunak will be forced to raise UK taxes again, economists warn  Financial Times :  Chris Giles 
IFS criticises 'remarkable' move not to phase out universal credit uplift  Guardian :  Larry Elliott 
Universal credit cut in autumn could plunge ‘500,000 people into poverty’, Rishi Sunak warned  Independent :  Ashley Cowburn 
Budget 2021: The tricks for Scotland in Rishi Sunak's bag  Scotsman :  Erikka Askeland 
Scotland would ‘fare better’ outside the UK, more than two thirds of Scots say  Independent :  Joanna Taylor 
Highest ever support for Welsh independence, new poll shows  Independent :  Chantal Da Silva 
Westminster warned as poll shows record backing for Welsh independence  Guardian :  Steven Morris 
Mounting federal debt puts the U.S. at risk of a fiscal crisis, Congressional Budget Office warns.  New York Times :  Alan Rappeport 
Fed Chair Powell Offered a Patient Message. Markets Quivered Anyway.  New York Times :  Jeanna Smialek 
Investors Are Focused on Treasurys. Here’s What the Fed Could Do.  New York Times :  Jeanna Smialek 
Powell: Higher inflation temporary, Fed will be 'patient'  Independent :  Associated Press 
Single, wealthier US women increasingly bought homes during the pandemic  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
Biden attempts bipartisan push for infrastructure package  Independent :  General editorial piece 
New US jobless claims bump higher to 745,000  Financial Times :  Mamta Badkar 
US fourth quarter productivity revised to a decline of 4.2%  Independent :  Associated Press 
US mortgage rates steady to higher; 30-year at 3.02%  Independent :  Associated Press 
Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill  Independent :  Associated Press 
Kamala Harris breaks deadlock over $1.9tn stimulus bill  Financial Times :  Lauren Fedor 
Kamala Harris casts tie-breaking vote to allow debate on Biden’s Covid relief bill to begin in Senate  Independent :  Oliver O'Connell 
Stimulus could change the Biden presidency  Financial Times :  General editorial piece 
WH says relief checks to go to most who got December payment  Independent :  Associated Press 
‘Act big’ in the US means thinking smaller in the UK  Financial Times :  Chris Giles 
US suspends tariffs on UK exports in Airbus-Boeing trade dispute  Financial Times :  Peggy Hollinger 
The United States suspends tariffs on Scotch whisky and other British products.  New York Times :  Eshe Nelson 
Whisky a go go: US suspends tariffs on UK exports including scotch  Guardian :  Rob Davies 
Treasury to Invest $9 Billion in Minority Communities  New York Times :  Alan Rappeport 
Californians on universal basic income paid off debt and got full-time jobs  Guardian :  Associated Press 
What a difference a year makes: California poised to reopen  Independent :  General editorial piece 
EXPLAINER: Why rising rates are unsettling Wall Street  Independent :  Associated Press 
Relying on casuals in aged care will weaken royal commission's reforms, experts warn  Guardian :  Elias Visontay 
Why jobseeker is stuck 'in the early 90s' and leaving Australians behind  Guardian :  Josh Nicholas 
Beijing targets 6% GDP growth after reining in coronavirus  Financial Times :  Tom Mitchell 
China announces "over 6%" economic growth target, tech plans  Independent :  Associated Press 
China boosts defense spending by 6.8% in slight uptick  Independent :  Associated Press 
US vs China: Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing  Financial Times :  Demetri Sevastopulo 
China's five-year plan for economy is crucial to meeting net zero by 2060  Guardian :  Fiona Harvey 
China’s leaders focus on post-Covid economy at annual meeting  Financial Times :  Tom Mitchell 
Hong Kong dropped from economic freedom index after crackdown  Financial Times :  Primrose Riordan 
Brexit: EU ‘simply can’t trust’ Boris Johnson’s government as negotiating partner, says Simon Coveney  Independent :  Ashley Cowburn 
Brexit: EU to launch legal proceedings against UK 'very soon'  Guardian :  General editorial piece 
Brussels to launch legal action against UK ‘soon’ over N Ireland  Financial Times :  Jim Brunsden 
EU parliament shelves vote on Brexit deal after Boris Johnson ‘violates’ agreement  Independent :  Jon Stone 
EU postpones setting date for ratifying Brexit trade deal  Guardian :  Daniel Boffey 
EU trade deal: does delay signify Lord Frost's loyalty to PM?  Guardian :  Daniel Boffey 
EU proposes fix for gender pay gap: Show me the money!  Independent :  Associated Press 
Proposed E.U. Law Aims to Rectify Gender Pay Gap  New York Times :  Monika Pronczuk 
Oil jumps as Opec and allies decide against big rise in output  Financial Times :  Anjli Raval 
OPEC cartel, allies face decision on increasing oil output  Independent :  Associated Press 
Biden’s energy department revives loan program to boost clean technology  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
Texas power watchdog recommends unwinding $16bn of electricity trades  Financial Times :  Justin Jacobs 
Asian stocks fall as inflation worries stalk markets  Financial Times :  Thomas Hale 
Flash rally in Bank of Japan shares leaves brokers perplexed  Financial Times :  Leo Lewis 
Hedge funds cash in on the ‘great reflation trade’  Financial Times :  Laurence Fletcher 
The Fed must avoid a repeat of the March Treasuries mystery  Financial Times :  Gillian Tett 
US government bond decline resumes after Fed’s Jay Powell speaks  Financial Times :  Naomi Rovnick 
Anger in Lebanon as currency, prices spiral out of control  Independent :  Associated Press 
UN finds soaring poverty in virus-hit Latin America region  Independent :  Associated Press 
FTSE 100 falls after inflation fears cause Wall Street sell-off  Independent :  Ben Chapman 
Farmers and rights groups boycott food summit over big business links  Guardian :  John Vidal 
'Not a suitable candidate': climate groups urge OECD not to appoint Mathias Cormann as next head  Guardian :  Graham Readfearn 
Powell inflation comments send US stocks and bonds lower  Financial Times :  James Politi 
Tech stocks are close to correction territory. Here’s what that means.  New York Times :  General editorial piece 

Environment
The Guardian view on climate and the budget: Sunak fails the green test  Guardian :  General editorial piece 
How big tech helps India target climate activists  Guardian :  Naomi Klein 
International climate scientists join call to halt Leeds Bradford airport expansion  Guardian :  Matthew Taylor 
Butterfly numbers plummeting in US west as climate crisis takes toll  Guardian :  Oliver Milman 
Republicans used oil industry-backed study to criticize Deb Haaland  Guardian :  Alex Kotch 
US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts  Independent :  Associated Press 
'Not a suitable candidate': climate groups urge OECD not to appoint Mathias Cormann as next head  Guardian :  Graham Readfearn 
UK broke law by ‘systematically and persistently’ breaching air pollution limits, top court rules  Independent :  Daisy Dunne 
UK lacks plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, say MPs  Financial Times :  Camilla Hodgson 
Academics keep feet on the ground in bid to cut travel emissions  Scotsman :  Ilona Amos 
China's five-year plan for economy is crucial to meeting net zero by 2060  Guardian :  Fiona Harvey 
UK has broken air pollution limits for a decade, EU court finds  Guardian :  Damian Carrington 
Watchdog asked to examine Drax conflict on climate advisory arm  Financial Times :  Camilla Hodgson 
17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates  Independent :  Associated Press 
'Catastrophic': UK has lost 90% of seagrass meadows, study finds  Guardian :  Damian Carrington 
Polystyrene to be phased out next year under Australia's plastic waste plan  Guardian :  Graham Readfearn 
Now Making Electric Bikes: Car and Motorcycle Companies  New York Times :  Roy Furchgott 
Biden’s energy department revives loan program to boost clean technology  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
Borders College unveils new green strategy  Scotsman :  Ilona Amos 
Hydrogen boilers heating your homes? Here's why they are unlikely to take off  Scotsman :  Richard Dixon 
Tesla to become adviser on nickel project in bid to secure key metal  Financial Times :  Henry Sanderson 
Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance stops payments to stricken Greensill  Financial Times :  Michael Pooler 

Heavy Industries
UK car industry reports worst February sales since 1959  Guardian :  Jasper Jolly 
Now Making Electric Bikes: Car and Motorcycle Companies  New York Times :  Roy Furchgott 
After Covid, will cars remain king or will greener forms of transport prevail in Scotland?  Scotsman :  Alastair Dalton 
Hyundai Bayon joins line-up as brand’s baby SUV  Scotsman :  Matt Allan 
Tesla to become adviser on nickel project in bid to secure key metal  Financial Times :  Henry Sanderson 
Melrose targets big acquisition as it relaunches Nortek sale process  Financial Times :  Harry Dempsey 

Insurance
The insurance call that toppled Greensill  Financial Times :  Tom Braithwaite 
200,000 UK women in line for pension back-payments of about £13,500  Guardian :  Miles Brignall 
Women underpaid state pension to get payments which total around £3 billion  Independent :  Maya Oppenheim 
Telematics insurance could save young drivers £848 a year  Scotsman :  Matt Allan 
Aviva to sell rest of Italian businesses and pay down £800m of debt  Financial Times :  Ian Smith 
City Insider: UK insurers: down under exchange  Financial Times :  Nicholas Megaw 

Leisure, Entertainment and Hotels
Survey shows UK parents’ concern over Covid effect on children’s activity  Guardian :  Paul MacInnes 
UK betting companies report profits in 2020 as US market opens up  Guardian :  Rob Davies 
England one of only five countries to trial new football concussion protocols  Guardian :  Paul MacInnes 
New York to ease restrictions on some indoor and outdoor gatherings  Independent :  Gino Spocchia 
Coronavirus in Scotland: Passengers sent from Edinburgh to Glasgow for hotel quarantine to cut costs  Scotsman :  Elsa Maishman 
Six out of 10 museums now fear for their survival – but there have been surprising positives  Guardian :  Sharon Heal 
Pubs can serve pints in carparks from April, government says  Independent :  Joanna Taylor 
Signs of Life  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Cyprus will allow vaccinated British tourists from 1 May  Guardian :  Lucy Campbell 
Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions  Independent :  Associated Press 
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will be forced to pay back illegal state aid  Financial Times :  Javier Espinoza 
Irish outrage at Pontins obscures the truth about anti-Traveller racism  Guardian :  Séamas O’Reilly 
Manchester United borrow £60m as net debt rises amid Covid-19 pandemic  Guardian :  Bryan Armen Graham 
Manchester United defies pandemic with return to profit  Financial Times :  Samuel Agini 
Nintendo Switch to get new 'Pro' version with bigger display and 4K graphics, report claims  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
Wetherspoon "very keen" to open their Scottish pubs as they announce April re-opening of English chains  Scotsman :  Hannah Brown 
UK gambling groups William Hill and Entain vow no more shop closures  Financial Times :  Alice Hancock 

Life Sciences
Scientists who discovered migraine mechanism win £1.1m Brain prize  Guardian :  Linda Geddes 
Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?  New York Times :  Anahad O’Connor 
Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19  Independent :  Associated Press 
New Covid variant infects 16 people in UK  Independent :  Jane Denton 
Ninety percent of Covid deaths are in countries with high obesity rates, study finds  Independent :  Shuan Lintern 
UK most likely place in world for Covid-19 mutant strain - health minister warns  Scotsman :  Claire Schofield 
Weekly Covid cases in England at lowest level since September, figures show  Independent :  Samuel Lovett 
Government considers paying people to get fit  Independent :  Chantal Da Silva 
England one of only five countries to trial new football concussion protocols  Guardian :  Paul MacInnes 
Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19  Independent :  Associated Press 
Covid crisis may have effects on mental health that last for years  Scotsman :  Julie Arthur 
An Austrian Region Becomes a Coronavirus Vaccine Laboratory  New York Times :  Melissa Eddy 
California officials deny reports that thousands were given too-small doses of vaccine  Independent :  Danielle Zoellner 
Clive Palmer's Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator says  Guardian :  Ben Butler 
Experts warn Covid vaccines being sold on darknet likely to be scams  Guardian :  Melissa Davey 
'Falling through cracks': Vaccine bypasses some older adults  Independent :  Associated Press 
Modified vaccines for new Covid variants to be fast-tracked in UK  Independent :  Samuel Lovett 
New Covid vaccine passport app for international travel may launch this month - what we know so far  Scotsman :  Claire Schofield 
UK will diverge from EU and US on approving tweaked Covid vaccines  Guardian :  Sarah Boseley 
White House admits Biden cannot force people to wear masks or get vaccines as Texas and Mississippi drop safeguards  Independent :  Griffin Connolly 
White House scoffs at idea Trump deserves credit for vaccines, saying half a million Americans died under his watch  Independent :  Graeme Massie 
‘You just get on with it’: The Oxford professor carrying the world’s hopes of a coronavirus vaccine  Independent :  Samuel Lovett 
Coronavirus in Scotland: UK will fast-track Covid-19 vaccines adapted to variants  Scotsman :  Elsa Maishman 
Dozens of patients left conscious but unable to breathe after NHS drug errors  Independent :  Shuan Lintern 
Home Office to move more people into Napier Barracks despite multiple warnings from health officials  Independent :  May Bulman 
Hospitals failing to heed warnings over patient deaths, reveals new study  Independent :  Shuan Lintern 
Labour: £30bn DHSC budget cut will hit emergency NHS funding  Guardian :  Jessica Elgot 
Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff could be discriminatory, top doctor say  Guardian :  Aamna Mohdin 
Minister’s planned NHS pay rise labelled ‘pitiful’ by unions  Independent :  Shuan Lintern 
NHS warned Home Office social distancing ‘impossible’ at Napier Barracks during Covid outbreak, report reveals  Independent :  May Bulman 
No need for lengthy trials of vaccine modifications, UK regulator says  Financial Times :  Anna Gross 
Papua New Guinea hospitals run out of funding as Covid cases surge  Guardian :  Rebecca Kuku 
Relying on casuals in aged care will weaken royal commission's reforms, experts warn  Guardian :  Elias Visontay 
Some English care homes to delay allowing indoor visits over Covid risk  Guardian :  Robert Booth 
Unions attack 'pitiful' 1% pay rise proposed for NHS staff  Guardian :  Denis Campbell 
Was there a big cut to NHS frontline services buried in the budget?  Guardian :  Denis Campbell 
EU, Italy stop AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia  Independent :  Associated Press 
German panel OKs AstraZeneca vaccine jab for over 65s  Independent :  Associated Press 
Germany approves AstraZeneca jab for over-65s  Financial Times :  Guy Chazan 
Germany approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over-65s  Independent :  Jon Sharman 
Germany vaccine body says over-65s should get AstraZeneca jab  Guardian :  Philip Oltermann 
Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia  Guardian :  Daniel Boffey 
Italy blocks shipment of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines to Australia  Financial Times :  Sam Fleming 
Italy blocks quarter of a million Covid vaccines destined for Australia over European shortage  Independent :  Vincent Wood 
After India Jabs Millions, Its Covid-19 Vaccine Shows Potency  New York Times :  Sameer Yasir 
Glasgow firm behind pioneering blood test to detect cancer secures seven-figure boost  Scotsman :  Emma Newlands 
Scapa stands firm  Guardian :  Nils Pratley 
Johnson & Johnson loses court appeal over pelvic mesh negligence  Guardian :  General editorial piece 
One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine  New York Times :  Noah Weiland 

Media
China's Communist party ran campaign to discredit BBC, thinktank finds  Guardian :  Emma Graham-Harrison 
David Crosby sells music catalogue, citing Covid restrictions on touring  Guardian :  Laura Snapes 
Devine intervention as Sky News Australia's YouTube channel eclipses ABC's  Guardian :  Amanda Meade 
News of the World phone hacking: Noel Fielding latest to win damages  Guardian :  Sarah Marsh 
Smash parties, talking vulvas and Big Mouth: inside Titmouse animation studio  Guardian :  Will Coldwell 
The Era of Audio Creators Has Arrived  New York Times :  Taylor Lorenz 
Tribune Publishing, facing an acquisition, adds to cash holdings and digital revenue.  New York Times :  Marc Tracy 
Jack Dorsey's cash app Square buys most of Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service  Independent :  Adam Smith 
Jay-Z sells majority stake in Tidal music streaming service to Jack Dorsey's Square  Guardian :  Mark Sweney 
Square acquires majority of Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming service, in $297 million deal.  New York Times :  Katherine Rosman 
Square, Inc. to buy majority of Tidal and put Jay-Z on board  Independent :  Associated Press 
Square to buy majority stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming platform  Financial Times :  Ortenca Aliaj 
Kings of Leon to release new album as a non-fungible token  Guardian :  Alex Hern 
How big tech helps India target climate activists  Guardian :  Naomi Klein 
Success tips from a disgruntled musician turned growth marketer  Scotsman :  General editorial piece 
Clive Palmer's Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator says  Guardian :  Ben Butler 
The clumsily drafted online safety bill could see adult content censored in Australia  Guardian :  Jarryd Bartle 
Australia has shown you can take on big companies – and win  Guardian :  Richard Denniss 
Facebook and Twitter say Australia wants to give regulator too much power in bid to combat online bullying  Guardian :  Josh Taylor 
Facebook restarts political advertising.  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Google’s rivals fret as the advertising cookie crumbles  Financial Times :  Richard Waters 
Google plans to halt advertising based on users’ browsing history.  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Dangerous and extremist content 'continues to flourish' on YouTube, US lawmakers warn  Independent :  Anthony Cuthbertson 
YouTube CEO says Trump’s account will only be restored once threat of political violence recedes  Independent :  Graeme Massie 
How Twitter is becoming more like OnlyFans - and what that means for users  Independent :  Adam Smith 
Biggest download day on record happened last week, Virgin says as it details impact of lockdown and Call of Duty update  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 

Real Estate and Construction
Property boss says stimulus has made UK market ‘too big to fail’  Financial Times :  George Hammond 
Residential landlords sit on the fence over sales  Scotsman :  David Alexander 
Sunak’s budget was great for estate agents, but it did nothing for generation rent  Guardian :  Polly Toynbee 
UK construction sector rebuilds solid growth in February  Scotsman :  Simon Neville 
City Insider: Rishi Sunak: guaranteed winner  Financial Times :  Nicholas Megaw 
Lloyds Bank plans to become private landlord  Financial Times :  Nicholas Megaw 
Single, wealthier US women increasingly bought homes during the pandemic  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
US mortgage rates steady to higher; 30-year at 3.02%  Independent :  Associated Press 
One thousand homes plan on site of abandoned and 'haunted' West Lothian hospital  Scotsman :  Stuart Sommerville 
'Significant moment' as building work starts at Heriot-Watt's pioneering National Robotarium  Scotsman :  Emma Newlands 

Retail
Amazon could be a big winner of Rishi Sunak's investment tax break  Guardian :  Rupert Neate 
Amazon Fresh opens first 'till-less' grocery store in UK  Guardian :  Sarah Butler 
Amazon’s Ealing surveillance shopping studio  Financial Times :  Izabella Kaminska 
As Amazon launches its shop without tills, how does 'Just  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
As Online Shopping Surged, Amazon Planned Its New York Takeover  New York Times :  Matthew Haag 
‘It’s scary’: Shoppers give verdict on Amazon’s futuristic till-free supermarket  Independent :  Adam Forrest 
Ministry of Supply Sold Office Apparel. It Has Had to Rethink Things.  New York Times :  Sapna Maheshwari 
B&M’s no bargain  Financial Times :  Andrew Whiffin 
Is Fashion Changing?  New York Times :  General editorial piece 

Technology
‘They track every move’: how US parole apps created digital prisoners  Guardian :  Todd Feathers 
New Covid vaccine passport app for international travel may launch this month - what we know so far  Scotsman :  Claire Schofield 
How big tech helps India target climate activists  Guardian :  Naomi Klein 
Dallas does Dogecoin  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
The clumsily drafted online safety bill could see adult content censored in Australia  Guardian :  Jarryd Bartle 
'Significant moment' as building work starts at Heriot-Watt's pioneering National Robotarium  Scotsman :  Emma Newlands 
Experts warn Covid vaccines being sold on darknet likely to be scams  Guardian :  Melissa Davey 
Tech stocks are close to correction territory. Here’s what that means.  New York Times :  General editorial piece 
Biden’s energy department revives loan program to boost clean technology  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
China announces "over 6%" economic growth target, tech plans  Independent :  Associated Press 
We need to think bigger when it comes to funding Scotland’s tech start-ups  Scotsman :  Paul Atkinson 
Melrose targets big acquisition as it relaunches Nortek sale process  Financial Times :  Harry Dempsey 
Kings of Leon to release new album as a non-fungible token  Guardian :  Alex Hern 
SoftBank-backed Z Holdings seeks mega-deal to shake up online world  Financial Times :  Kana Inagaki 
The Era of Audio Creators Has Arrived  New York Times :  Taylor Lorenz 
'Transformational': Yorkshire firm cleans up donated laptops for pupils at home  Guardian :  Molly Blackall 
EU set to accuse Apple of distorting competition in music streaming  Financial Times :  Javier Espinoza 
UK competition regulator launches antitrust probe into Apple  Financial Times :  Kate Beioley 
UK competition watchdog investigates Apple's App Store  Independent :  Associated Press 
UK launches investigation into Apple's App Store 'over suspected anti-competitive behaviour  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
UK regulator to investigate Apple over 'unfair' App Store terms  Guardian :  Alex Hern 
Jack Dorsey's cash app Square buys most of Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service  Independent :  Adam Smith 
Jay-Z sells majority stake in Tidal music streaming service to Jack Dorsey's Square  Guardian :  Mark Sweney 
Square acquires majority of Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming service, in $297 million deal.  New York Times :  Katherine Rosman 
Square, Inc. to buy majority of Tidal and put Jay-Z on board  Independent :  Associated Press 
Square to buy majority stake in Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming platform  Financial Times :  Ortenca Aliaj 
Australia has shown you can take on big companies – and win  Guardian :  Richard Denniss 
Facebook and Twitter say Australia wants to give regulator too much power in bid to combat online bullying  Guardian :  Josh Taylor 
Facebook restarts political advertising.  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Google’s rivals fret as the advertising cookie crumbles  Financial Times :  Richard Waters 
Google plans to halt advertising based on users’ browsing history.  New York Times :  Andrew Ross Sorkin 
Nintendo Switch to get new 'Pro' version with bigger display and 4K graphics, report claims  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
WhatsApp update adds voice and video calls to desktop app to let conversations 'feel as close to in-person as possible'  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
TikTok on alert after it becomes outlet for Myanmar soldiers  Financial Times :  Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan 
Now’s the time to talk up your small business on Clubhouse  Guardian :  Gene Marks 

Telecommunications
EU set to accuse Apple of distorting competition in music streaming  Financial Times :  Javier Espinoza 
UK competition regulator launches antitrust probe into Apple  Financial Times :  Kate Beioley 
UK competition watchdog investigates Apple's App Store  Independent :  Associated Press 
UK launches investigation into Apple's App Store 'over suspected anti-competitive behaviour  Independent :  Andrew Griffin 
UK regulator to investigate Apple over 'unfair' App Store terms  Guardian :  Alex Hern 
SoftBank-backed Z Holdings seeks mega-deal to shake up online world  Financial Times :  Kana Inagaki 
Fixing What the Internet Broke  New York Times :  Shira Ovide 

Support Services
Extra 1.3m people in UK to start paying income tax over next five years  Guardian :  Miles Brignall 
Keir Starmer criticised by Labour left-wingers for backing tax rises on low-paid  Independent :  Jon Stone 
Sharp rise in 'Neets' shows impact of Covid lockdowns on UK young  Guardian :  Larry Elliott 
Californians on universal basic income paid off debt and got full-time jobs  Guardian :  Associated Press 
New US jobless claims bump higher to 745,000  Financial Times :  Mamta Badkar 
US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high  Independent :  Associated Press 
Unemployment Claims Rise, Showing Recovery’s Rocky Road  New York Times :  Nelson D. Schwartz 
EU proposes fix for gender pay gap: Show me the money!  Independent :  Associated Press 
Proposed E.U. Law Aims to Rectify Gender Pay Gap  New York Times :  Monika Pronczuk 
Mothers Are Regaining Jobs, Even While Shouldering Pandemic Burdens at Home  New York Times :  Claire Cain Miller 
Why jobseeker is stuck 'in the early 90s' and leaving Australians behind  Guardian :  Josh Nicholas 
International pupils returning to British boarding schools allowed to skip hotel quarantine  Independent :  Tim Wyatt 
One in five UK schools has set up a food bank in Covid crisis, survey suggests  Guardian :  Patrick Butler 
Survey shows UK parents’ concern over Covid effect on children’s activity  Guardian :  Paul MacInnes 
Academics keep feet on the ground in bid to cut travel emissions  Scotsman :  Ilona Amos 
Borders College unveils new green strategy  Scotsman :  Ilona Amos 
Four in five university and college staff struggling because of pandemic, union says  Guardian :  Rachel Hall 
Huge rise in number of young people out of education, employment or training, latest data shows  Independent :  Ella Glover 
Relying on casuals in aged care will weaken royal commission's reforms, experts warn  Guardian :  Elias Visontay 
Scottish government Covid guidance: how have childcare rules been updated - and how it affects new parents  Scotsman :  Chelsea Rocks 
Some English care homes to delay allowing indoor visits over Covid risk  Guardian :  Robert Booth 
IFS criticises 'remarkable' move not to phase out universal credit uplift  Guardian :  Larry Elliott 
Universal credit cut in autumn could plunge ‘500,000 people into poverty’, Rishi Sunak warned  Independent :  Ashley Cowburn 
Interface delivers by bringing business and academia together  Scotsman :  Siobhán Jordan 
‘They track every move’: how US parole apps created digital prisoners  Guardian :  Todd Feathers 
Deliveroo chooses London for £7.5bn stock market listing  Independent :  Ben Chapman 
Deliveroo chooses London for stock market float  Guardian :  Jasper Jolly 
Deliveroo targets $10bn valuation in London IPO  Financial Times :  Tim Bradshaw 
London celebrates but for Deliveroo IPO to succeed, it needs to deliver  Financial Times :  Bryce Elder 
London works for Deliveroo  Guardian :  Nils Pratley 
Italy blocks shipment of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines to Australia  Financial Times :  Sam Fleming 
KPMG agrees £400m sale of restructuring unit to HIG Capital  Financial Times :  Kaye Wiggins 
Mechanical engineering firm EnerMech bullish after netting string of new contracts  Scotsman :  Emma Newlands 
'Transformational': Yorkshire firm cleans up donated laptops for pupils at home  Guardian :  Molly Blackall 
FTSE 100 companies lag peers on anti-s... harassment policies  Financial Times :  Emma Boyde 
UK scraps EU cap on Covid grants for struggling businesses  Financial Times :  Jim Pickard 

Transport, Logistics, Aerospace and Defence
Biden secretly limits drone strikes, amid congressional scrutiny over war powers  Independent :  Josh Marcus 
China boosts defense spending by 6.8% in slight uptick  Independent :  Associated Press 
Telematics insurance could save young drivers £848 a year  Scotsman :  Matt Allan 
US saw sharp increase in crash deaths in 2020 despite fewer drivers on roads  Guardian :  Associated Press 
Coronavirus in Scotland: Passengers sent from Edinburgh to Glasgow for hotel quarantine to cut costs  Scotsman :  Elsa Maishman 
After Covid, will cars remain king or will greener forms of transport prevail in Scotland?  Scotsman :  Alastair Dalton 
UK lacks plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, say MPs  Financial Times :  Camilla Hodgson 
Academics keep feet on the ground in bid to cut travel emissions  Scotsman :  Ilona Amos 
New Covid vaccine passport app for international travel may launch this month - what we know so far  Scotsman :  Claire Schofield 
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways reports $1.7 billion loss in 2020  Independent :  Associated Press 
British Airways has bowed to pressure from the government of Ghana and rowed back on a plan to switch Accra flights from Heathrow to Gatwick  Independent :  Simon Calder 
First Brexit, then Covid: can Eurostar get back on track?  Financial Times :  Henry Mance 
International climate scientists join call to halt Leeds Bradford airport expansion  Guardian :  Matthew Taylor 
Mexico City launches Latin America's latest cable car line  Independent :  Associated Press 
Private investors lose out in corporate bids  Financial Times :  John Lee 
Ryanair moves back to George Best Belfast City airport with summer sun flights  Independent :  Simon Calder 
US suspends tariffs on UK exports in Airbus-Boeing trade dispute  Financial Times :  Peggy Hollinger 
Lufthansa slumps to worst-ever annual loss  Financial Times :  Joe Miller 
Lufthansa warns of pandemic's 'negative effect on security situation'  Independent :  Simon Calder 
Japanese billionaire looking for people who 'push the envelope' for moon flight  Guardian :  General editorial piece 
SpaceX Starship: What now for Elon Musk's Mars plans after latest test explosion?  Independent :  Anthony Cuthbertson 

Utilities
Oil jumps as Opec and allies decide against big rise in output  Financial Times :  Anjli Raval 
OPEC and Russia Agree to Keep a Lid on Oil Production, Sending Prices Higher  New York Times :  Stanley Reed 
OPEC cartel, allies face decision on increasing oil output  Independent :  Associated Press 
Biden’s energy department revives loan program to boost clean technology  Guardian :  Lauren Aratani 
Texas power watchdog recommends unwinding $16bn of electricity trades  Financial Times :  Justin Jacobs 
UK broke law by ‘systematically and persistently’ breaching air pollution limits, top court rules  Independent :  Daisy Dunne 
UK lacks plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050, say MPs  Financial Times :  Camilla Hodgson 
Hydrogen boilers heating your homes? Here's why they are unlikely to take off  Scotsman :  Richard Dixon 
Republicans used oil industry-backed study to criticize Deb Haaland  Guardian :  Alex Kotch 
US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts  Independent :  Associated Press 
‘There’s no excuse for this’: thousands in Mississippi city still without water weeks after storms  Guardian :  Oliver Laughland 
Petrobras row highlights Brazil’s dependence on truckers  Financial Times :  Bryan Harris i 
Watchdog asked to examine Drax conflict on climate advisory arm  Financial Times :  Camilla Hodgson 
Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance stops payments to stricken Greensill  Financial Times :  Michael Pooler 

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