Weekend Reading - 23/03/18
We'll be rounding up a selection of interesting stories we've found once a week for your reading pleasure. Click on the links below to read the full article.
"The Swedish furniture retailer announced plans on Tuesday to roll out a program with labor marketplace TaskRabbit nationwide. Customers can book a "tasker" through TaskRabbit to assemble their Ikea furniture for a flat price depending on the size of the item.
The service is currently available in New York City and San Francisco locations and will be released in more major cities throughout the year. Customers also may signup for the service online in locations where TaskRabbit is already available."
"Singapore remains the most expensive city in the world for the fifth year running, according to the latest findings of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey, which compares the price of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world, found that Singapore was 16% more expensive than the benchmark city of New York. "
"A BBC presenter has told MPs she tried to kill herself because of stress over the controversial arrangements under which she was employed.
The anonymous presenter was among TV and radio personalities who gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry that they were pressured into setting up personal service companies (PSCs) which later fell foul of the taxman, leading to massive bills for unpaid taxes.
Damian Collins, the chair of the House of Commons culture committee, said the BBC had fallen well below the standards expected in its treatment of staff and said he would be demanding answers from the director general, Lord Hall."
"Claims that Cambridge Analytica used illegally harvested Facebook data in a bid to influence the 2016 US presidential election has sparked fear among social media users that their personal information may be at risk.
The hashtag #deletefacebook has been shared by more than 15,000 people on Twitter, amid growing calls for Facebook users to ditch the platform following reports that data was taken from more than 50 million accounts."