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LeisureDec / 08 / 2017
Cineworld agrees £2.7bn deal to buy US cinema chain Regal

UK cinema chain Cineworld has announced plans to enter the US market through the acquisition of larger operator Regal for £2.7bn.

The FTSE 250 company said the proposed deal, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, would create the second-largest cinema operator by screen numbers, with almost 10,000 between them currently across 10 nations.

The US has the largest box office takings worldwide and Regal Entertainment Group has 7,315 screens in 561 theatres - the vast majority of them in the US.

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DigitalDec / 08 / 2017
Facebook launches Messenger Kids app – but parents vet chat contacts

Facebook is launching a new version of its chat app targeting children under 13 with strict parental controls including contact approvals.

The free app, called Messenger Kids, hopes to attract parents looking for a safe online chat service, with a greater level of parental control, child-friendly features, screened content and safety filters to prevent children sharing inappropriate content.

Messenger Kids is a standalone app installed on the child’s tablet or smartphone, but controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. The child does not have a Facebook account, which is prohibited for those under 13; instead the app operates as an extension of the parent’s account. Only parents have the ability to add friends or delete messages.

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RetailDec / 08 / 2017
Google crowned the best place to work in the UK

Google has been crowned the best place to work in the UK, beating its tech rival Facebook and a host of City firms to the top spot.

Job site Glassdoor has today released its ranking of the best places to work; Anglian Water and housing association Bromford came in second and third place respectively, leaving Facebook in fourth place.

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