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10 iconic ‘British’ brands that aren’t even British anymore

With the news that the Yanks have been messing with our Cadbury Creme Eggs, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at other iconic British brands now in foreign hands In a totally non-UKIP way, we’ve drawn up a list of 10 food and drink products familiar to UK shoppers, dating from as far back as 1778 but now owned by Johnny Foreigner See also: The 10 biggest Twitter blunders by UK politicians Have a read through our shopping list of British brands now owned overseas. Have we missed a quintessential UK product you were shocked to see go abroad? Let us know in the comments Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…More about Uk, Advertising, Features, Food And Drink, and Business

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Airbnb to collect taxes in more big cities

Airbnb’s been struggling with numerous legal issues for a while now, and one of the biggest complaints against the service is that hosts have been using it to set up illegal hotels to avoid paying taxes. These days, Airbnb’s trying to get on the good…

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Where and how Mashable’s community is traveling in 2015

For everyone who made a resolution to travel more in the new year, there’s no better time to start planning than now. “Take a trip” is a popular resolution, so as millions of people plan their next trips, we wanted to know how Mashable’s community will travel in 2015. See also: The weak euro is good for something: A European vacation A total of 1,358 respondents in more than 40 countries took part in the survey, conducted with SurveyMonkey. About 90% of respondents in our travel survey said they traveled for business or leisure (or both) in 2014. …

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ESPN’s Jerome Bettis and Bill Polian Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Today, ESPN commentators Jerome Bettis and Bill Polian were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bettis, who rushed for 13,662 yards in his career – sixth best in NFL history, and Polian, a six-time National Football League Executive of the Year, will be enshrined with the Class of 2015. ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and production John Wildhack and commentators Chris Berman and Chris Mortensen offer their thoughts on today’s announcement: John Wildhack: “Jerome and Bill are Super Bowl champions who brought success to their teams and an unrivaled professionalism to the NFL with the way they approached their jobs…

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China tightens grip on the Internet, but it didn’t block all the tools to get around censorship

In the last 10 days, China has been tightening its grip on the Internet, blocking several tools that allow users inside the country to escape and circumvent what’s popularly known as the “Great Firewall of China.” Some popular Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were the latest victims of the sophisticated Chinese Internet censorship system, with several individuals and small businesses reportedly unable to use them in the last few days to connect to censored websites, or to use other blocked services like Gmail, Flickr or Twitter See also: Can an Android App Defeat China’s Internet Censors? But not all hope is lost for Chinese users trying to get around the Great Firewall. Read more…More about China, Censorship, Internet Freedom, Us World, and Us

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Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, dies at 91

SAN FRANCISCO — Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Djerrasi died of complications of cancer Friday in his San Francisco home, Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said. He was 91. Djerassi, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford, was most famous for leading a research team in Mexico City that in 1951 developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill. See also: Walgreens now lets women refill birth control prescriptions via smartphones “The pill” as it came to be known radically transformed sexual practices and women’s lives…

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RIP Bonne Bell: Lip Smacker manufacturer set to close

It’s the end of an era. Bonne Belle, the cosmetics company behind the iconic Lip Smacker flavored lip gloss, is slated to close its factory and lay off the vast majority of its employees. See also: In memoriam of SkyMall products: A lost national treasure Mawkins International, a California-based cosmetics company, which owns brands like Wet N Wild and Physicians Formula, is acquiring Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker, the two companies announced. As a result, Bonne Bell will soon be “permanently laying off” most of its employees and closing down its factory, according to a report on Cleveland.com. …

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