Electricity retailer selling plans with ‘discounts’ on artificially inflated prices

Click Energy plans reduced from seemingly arbitrary rates as ACCC urges businesses to be upfront about discounts

An electricity retailer is selling plans with “discounts” on prices that have been arbitrarily inflated, resulting in some customers paying hundreds of dollars more per year on their electricity bills.

The practice highlights a weakness in the recently announced agreement between energy retailers and the government. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the companies agreed they would alert customers to the impact on their bills when they come off discounted plans but said nothing about misleading discounts.

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Google mobile search shows 6-second video previews

If you've searched for videos often enough on Google, you've probably had that moment where you tapped the wrong video because you weren't quite sure it was what you were looking for. No more: Google has added 6-second video previews to its mobile s…

The fall of Steve Bannon is a win for the globalists. But will it last?

The loss of Trump’s chief strategist is a triumph for Jared Kushner and the White House ‘New York’ faction. But that doesn’t mean the end of Bannonism

From the moment Steve Bannon compared himself to Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors and Darth Vader in the Star Wars saga, his demise was perhaps historically preordained. Cromwell fell out of favour with Henry VIII and was beheaded for treason, while Vader was fatally wounded while saving Luke Skywalker from the Emperor’s lightning bolts.

News that the White House’s chief strategist and chief ideologue is the latest to get the chop in what has become a West Wing bloodbath will be cheered by those in America and around the world who saw him as the personification of Donald Trump’s dark and dangerous populism. That came boiling to the surface in last Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when Trump failed to condemn the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan who had come to the city to protest against the removal of a Confederate monument.

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Selling teeth

Only 4% of the UK’s adult population – and more women than men – now use a pawnbroker to get a loan.

China’s online court heard its first case today

The Hangzhou Internet Court, a new online court in China that will hear internet-related civil cases, had its first trial today. Today's copyright infringement case was between a novelist and a web company that offered her novel to online subscribers…