News in Brief

by Calum Fraser


Vodafone Plans Cost Cuts
Mobile phone giant Vodafone have announced plans to reduce expenditure by £1bn a year by 2011. The cuts are being blamed on rising raw materials cost as well as a reduction in revenues. It is still unclear where the cuts will be made.



Winning Start for Murray
Andy Murray beat Andy Roddick in 3 sets last night in his first ever Masters Cup match. The end of season tournament sees the top eight players from the season compete in Shanghai. Andy has two more group matches remaining. Roger Federer lost his first match in the same section.


New Tsunami warning system
Indonesia today unveiled an early alert system for tsunamis. It is designed to give coastal inhabitants forewarning, prompted by the events of 2004. The system is expected to be complete by 2010 but critics have cited that some areas are not fully covered by the project.


Mars Probe ‘Dead’_45193484_44653855
NASA’s Phoenix lander has not communicated in more than a week, ending a historic Mars mission. The probe survived twice as long as was expect and was the first to confirm the presence of ‘water-ice’ on the Mars surface.


High Street Sales Slow
UK High Street sales in October dropped 2.2% compared to this time last year, the first 12 month drop in more than three years according to the British Retail Consortium. The statistics come on the same day super chain Starbucks announced that it’s profits had dropped from $158million to almost nil in a year.


Social Networking Positive in Workplace
A pan-European study has shown that the use of social networking tools dramatically increases productivity in the workplace. The independent survey reveals 65% of employees feel it makes them more efficient and almost half believed it allowed them to ‘spark ideas’.


Stand-ups to Fill Schedule
The hole left in BBC One’s schedule by Jonathan Ross is to be filled by a new run of Live at The Apollo. The stand up show, hosted by different stand-ups each week, will run until Ross’ suspension ends in January.