July 24th: Catch Up with Coup

The weather may have been dull for us Brits this week, but the news has been anything but.

A dating site for adulterers has become the target of hackers. Ashley Madison, whose tagline is “Life is short. Have an affair”, has been hacked and the perpetrators are threatening to publish the personal details of members.

Gambling company Ladbrokes has agreed a £2.3 billion merger with Gala Coral to create Britain’s biggest bookmaker and the county’s largest estate of betting shops. The business is to be listed on the stock exchange as Ladbrokes Coral. Both brands will be retained.

Taylor Swift announced the launch of a clothing line in China next month, due to be available on JD.com and the Alibaba Group. Unfortunately for America’s sweetheart, the label “TS 1989” (her initials and date of birth), accidently alludes to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 where hundereds of protesters were killed in Beijing.

The singer is launching her own Taylor Swift-branded clothing line next month, on the platforms of local e-commerce giants JD.com and the Alibaba group, with t-shirts, dresses and sweatshirts featuring the politically charged date 1989.

According the new reach from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), up to one in five young drivers take ‘selfies’ at the wheel, with almost one in ten motorists of all ages admitting to taking a selfie while on the road in the last month.

The research also found that drivers are using mobile phones and tablets to watch films and make video calls whilst on the road.

And finally, the Online Influence Conference is heading West later this year. After the success of the conference in Cardiff this Spring, an exclusive event will take place in the centre of Bristol, with speakers from companies such as Twitter, Confused.com and Salesforce.

Image: Kesara Rathnayake