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The board of the PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen, has reportedly agreed to purchase Vauxhall and Opel from General Motors (GM).  An official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow (Monday 6 March), with ministers confident that the deal will secure 4,500 manufacturing jobs and pensions, with no immediate plans for the closure of Vauxhall’s Luton and Ellesmere Port plants.  However, there are concerns for jobs and pensions once existing contracts start to expire in 2021,...

The accountants responsible for the Best Picture mishap at last Sunday’s Oscars have reportedly hired bodyguards after receiving death threats from angry film fans.  During the show, PwC accountant Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope which resulted in La La Land being mistakenly awarded the Best Picture gong over rightful winner Moonlight.  Described as the “biggest blunder in Oscars history,” PwC apologised for “failing the Academy” singling out Cullinan in the process for a...

Ride-hailing app Uber has been accused of using a secret program to prevent regulators from shutting it down in cities across the globe.  The software, called Greyball, looks to identity undercover officials and deny them service particularly in cities where operations have not been authorised.  According to reports in the New York Times, four current and former Uber employees have confirmed the use of Greyball which identified regulators posing as passengers by collecting data on the location used...

Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast could fall foul of Russian laws prohibiting the spread of ‘gay propaganda’ thanks to its “exclusively gay moment”.  According to reports, Russian officials are under pressure to check if the new film breaches the law with culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, remarking that action would be taken. Another MP also described the film as “shameless propaganda of sin”.  Earlier this week the film’s director Bill Condon explained the plot line...

President Trump yesterday  angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last autumn  in the run-up to the election, the Washington Post reports.  While citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, according to the Post, Trump said in a series of four tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick)...

Editor’s note: ThinkLA’s DIG (Diversity, Gender, Inclusion) initiative has been created to celebrate and work towards greater diversity in Los Angeles. ThinkLA and The Drum are pleased to highlight African American leaders in the Los Angeles marketing community, their thoughts on the industry and how to build greater momentum for all. Chris Denson, director, Ignition Factory Who was your role-model when you were younger? I'd have to say my mom. She grew up in the projects of Detroit, and didn't even...

They have been an inescapable fixture of futuregazing trends decks and every conference hall from CES to MWC, and now driverless cars are a reality on London’s roads. Over the last five days, Nissan has been quietly testing its new driverless cars on the streets of the capital – the first time anywhere in Europe that autonomous cars have been let loose on a dual carriageway. The modified Leaf electric cars were trialled on a complex route in East...

  James Bond start Daniel Craig has teamed with Aston Martin and a squad of labrador puppies to feature in this pretty witty advert to promote an Omaze experience in aid of the United Nations Mine Action Service.  The ad sees the actor promote the chance to be briefed by him in person before driving an Aston Martin designed by Craig - which he quantifies the value of by comparing to the number of cute puppies he is holding.  It's a...

On the back of acquiring UK creative agency Karmarama and one of Germany’s leading digital agencies within the space of four months, Accenture Digital was on a mission at this year’s Mobile World Congress to show how it can be a single partner, not just a consultant, on big brand transformation briefs. Its appearance in Barcelona was part of an ongoing attempt to simplify what is an increasingly complicated business. Accenture Digital is just one of five...

Amazon has said that a humble typo was to blame for several high-profile websites and services it hosts suffering downtime this week. The problems beset Amazon Web Services on Tuesday, resulting in services like Slack, Trello and Quora reporting outages or slowdown. Now it has emerged that human-error, a typo made during a routine debugging, was the cause of the issues. In an online statement, Amazon said: "The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the...