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Pick of the press: Friday 21 May 2010

As expected, Google unveiled its Google TV plans yesterday, which will allow consumers to stream TV content through a web browser. Google has already secured the backing of large partners including Adobe, Sony, Intel, Logitech and others, who will all include Google’s Android operating system and Chrome browser in their hardware. 

The Independent – Google provides vision of ‘the future of television’ with web integration 

Financial Times – Google plans to hit small screens 

BBC News – Google launches smart TV service

Daily Mail – ‘Biggest upgrade since colour’: Google unveils the TV that also lets you surf the net


The main broadsheets offer these insightful summaries of what the Conservatives and Lib Dems have agreed to in their extended coalition document. From tax, to business measures and transport, the documents sets out the new government’s agenda.

Daily Telegraph – Coalition programme for business: Good news, holes and some surprises

The Times – Coalition reveals populist side with a ‘manifesto’ of compromise 

The Independent – From banks to welfare, the notable new commitments in the 32-page policy blueprint


Comment piece by City AM‘s Kathleen Brooks on how difficult it can be for entrepreneurs to let go of their business after they’ve sold it or moved on. She uses the example of Stelios’s involvement with easyJet and the ensuing row.

City AM – When you just can’t let go of your business


The Financial Times reports that tax advisers are worried about the government’s pledge to review the taxation of non-domiciled individuals, fearing it will push foreign entrepreneurs and investors away from moving to Britain.

Financial Times – Alarm over fresh focus on non-doms


Tracksuit entrepreneur Mike Ashley, the man behind the Sport Direct chain, has seen his stake in rival chain Blacks halve, after failing to take part in the chain’s share offer. The move could indicate he has given up on taking over the rival business, which speculators had assumed he wanted to do.

Daily Telegraph – Sport Direct’s stake in rival Blacks is halved to 14.5pc


Signs that banks are lending on commercial property are welcomed by the business community, but at what cost – a study shows that banks are charging higher margins and fees.

City AM – Aldermore: Businesses are being failed by big banks 

Financial Times – Lending again, but at higher margins


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