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Saatchi & Saatchi's CEO tells us he takes a 'dim view' of the industry's investigation into advertising rebates (PUB, WPPGY, WPP)

Advertising agency executives have a lot on their plates at the moment. This summer, a record number of marketers put their media accounts up for review, a phenomenon dubbed "Mediapalooza," and last month the Association of National Advertisers announced an investigation into the media rebates and transparency issues plaguing the sector.

Business Insider recently caught up with Robert Senior, the worldwide CEO of Publicis Groupe-owned Saatchi & Saatchi, at the company's London headquarters and asked for his view on two of the big events that have shaken the ad industry this year.

Amazon Prime just brought one of its coolest features to the UK (AMZN)

Amazon just brought one of its coolest services to the UK: same-day shipping for Prime customers.

Just as in the US, Prime Same Day can deliver a parcel to the recipient within six to 10& hours, meaning that anything ordered before 12pm will be delivered that evening.

Prime Same Day shipping isn't quite as radical as Prime Now, the £6.99 ($10) option to get packages within an hour, but it's included in all Prime subscriptions for free.

According to Amazon, the new service is available to anyone in Greater London and a few of the surrounding areas, such as Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

Amazon has competition in the same-day delivery space. Argos, one of the UK's largest retailers, also 

The CEO of Deliveroo delivers pizza on his bike on the weekends, and his customers have no idea who he is

William Shu, the CEO of Deliveroo, frequently grabs a bicycle and delivers pizzas himself, mainly on the weekends, he told Business Insider at Web Summit in Dublin.

His customers have no idea who he is when he shows up with their food.

Deliveroo has taken about $100 million in investment funding since its founding in 2012/2013. The company is like the Uber of restaurant food delivery — it takes a fee from customers and the restaurants they order from, and delivers food to your door in 30 minutes or less. A year ago the company had 12 employees, today it has about 250 across 30 cities in the UK and 15 elsewhere in Europe.

Shu delivered food himself pretty much every day for the first 10 months of the company's history.

Apple has shipped 7 million Watches since April, say analysts (AAPL)

Apple has shipped seven million Apple Watches since its release in April, according to research firm Canalys (via Re/Code). The figure represents sales of around one million Apple Watches per month, which is less than Wall Street expected. 

However, the news isn't all bad: Canalys points out that Apple Watch sales since April total more than all other vendors combined over the past five quarters. Analyst Chris Jones predicts that the momentum Apple has created will help Apple Watch sales during the holiday quarter. 

Apple has been working hard to

Here's what analysts are saying about Facebook's strong Q3 earnings (FB)

Facebook's stock soared to an all-time high on Wednesday night after the company reported strong Q3 earnings, which beat analysts' expectations.

The company released series after series of huge numbers during the earnings call, including the fact that Facebook now generates 8 billion video views per day, up from 4 billion reported in April.

Revenue was up 41% year-over-year to $4.5 billion, versus analysts' expectations of $4.37 billion. EPS at $0.57 beat analysts' expectations of $0.52. And the company reported 1.55 billion monthly active users versus the 1.52 billion expected.

Predictably, analysts are extremely bullish about the company's long-term prospects. We've rounded up a selection of some of the analysts' notes sent out right after the Q3 earnings report.

Barclays: BULLISH


Price target: $140

British spy agency MI5 ran a programme to collect data that was 'so secret that few even in MI5 knew about it' (MSFT)

MI5, the domestic arm of the UK's counter-intelligence and security agency, has been collecting, and analysing, the phone records of citizens for 10 years, the BBC reports

The programme was based on "vague" laws, according to the government's terror watchdog, and Home Secretary Theresa May's new bill seeks to firm up the basis on which the government can spy on its citizens. 

The cofounder of Evernote sometimes pretends to be a robot

Evernote executive chairman Phil Libin has an unusual approach to challenges: Pretending to be a robot.

Speaking at Irish tech conference Web Summit on Thursday, Libin revealed that "ever since I was a little kid, I'd get through difficult situations by pretending to be a robot."

Tired? Jet-lagged? "Have to get up super early?" Libin mimicks a mechanical voice: "I-AM-A-ROBOT-ROBOTS-DON'T-FEEL-TIRED."


Give it a go next time you're faced with a tricky problem.

Dropbox's CEO pranked an audience by pretending they had all been given an iPad Pro for free (AAPL)

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of software, gave an interview at the Dropbox Open conference to promote the upcoming iPad Pro, a device aimed at enterprise customers. 

After talking about Apple's recent success in enterprise, Cue moved on to showing off the iPad Pro. According to various tweets, the Apple executive pulled out an iPad Pro from under his seat to show it off. Dropbox's CEO Drew Houston seized on the moment and told audience members to look under their own seats. Unfortunately, there was nothing there. 

Eddy Cue pulled out an iPad Pro and Drew Houston said “look under your chairs, guys!” and we did and there was nothing #DropboxOpen

— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 4, 2015 ...

You can now buy old BBC programmes on iPlayer
Posted November 5, 2015 0:48 AM
You can now buy old BBC programmes on iPlayer

The BBC has launched a new feature that lets you buy and keep digital copies of old BBC programmes.

BBC Store, debuted on Thursday, lets people download series boxsets or single episodes produced by the BBC. Once purchased, either from the BBC Store website or through iPlayer, people can stream that programme at any time from mobile, tablet, or smart TV.

Launch programmes for download include dramas like Doctor Who, Luther, Peaky Blinders, and Sherlock, nature documentaries from Sir David Attenborough, and classic comedies like Fawlty Towers and Black Adder. The BBC plans to add to the online collection every day.

Announcing the new BBC Store, head of iPlayer Dan Taylor-Watt says in a blog post:

Apple has patented a way for your iPhone to enter 'panic mode' when you unlock it with a specific finger (AAPL)

Apple has filed a patent for a method to secretly enter "panic mode" on an iPhone when it's unlocked with a specific finger. That could mean that the phone locks out personal information or completely resets the device.

The Apple patent, dated May 5 2014, includes lots of different potential functions for panic mode. Basically it's a system to lock down the phone if a user is forced to unlock it with their fingerprint.

Modern iPhones use a system called TouchID that lets users unlock the phones by holding down their finger on the home button. Users can add multiple fingerprints to the phone's software — but Apple suggests adding a secret finger that, when used to unlock the phone, makes it enter panic mode.