SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

socialwall-ad Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal. Read More

Germany overtakes UK as fastest-growing G7 economy

Britain loses top spot as ONS revises down annual growth to 1.8%, from an initial estimate of 2%

Germany overtook the UK as the fastest growing among the G7 states during 2016. Europe’s largest economy expanded at the fastest rate in five years, showing growth of 1.9% last year.

The expansion pushed Britain into second place among the G7 industrialised nations, after the Office for National Statistics revised down annual UK growth to 1.8%, from an initial estimate of 2%.

German economy was marked by strong and steady growth during 2016, with GDP increasing 1.9% – highest rate of GDP growth among G7 countries.

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Should economists share the blame for populism? – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Andrew Lilico, Ann Pettifor, Jonathan Portes, Rachel Reeves and Vince Cable for an extended discussion at a Guardian Live event in London

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There’s a word that’s suddenly part of almost every political discussion going on in the democratic world: populism.

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Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

Monzo Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed details of its new funding round — confirming our scoop from earlier this week. Read More

Brexit could help EU strike free trade deal with India, MEPs believe

Leaked document suggests Indian tariffs on scotch and Theresa May’s visa rules for skilled Indians had been impeding progress

The EU believes it may stand a better chance of striking a free trade deal with India after the UK leaves the union, despite the importance Britain attaches to trade with its old colony.

A document drawn up by MEPs on the powerful trade committee analysing the impact of Brexit on the EU’s trade talks around the world suggests India’s desire to maintain tariffs on scotch whisky has hindered progress on a EU-India deal.

Related: Trade between UK and India to suffer double hit, says business chief

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‘The economy looks set to be slowing again’ – experts debate Brexit watch data

Two former members of the Bank of England interest rate-setting committee discuss the outlook for the UK economy

Professor of economics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and former member of the Bank’s MPC from June 2006 to May 2009

Related: Brexit economy: can consumers can keep shoring up the UK?

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Disney has quietly acquired tech and assets of MakieLab, a startup that 3D printed dolls

MakieLab says goodbye MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLab’s tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ever since. Until now, that is. Read More

Disney has quietly acquired tech and assets of MakieLab, a startup that 3D printed dolls

MakieLab says goodbye MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLab’s tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ever since. Until now, that is. Read More