British Business - Oct. 15

Oct 15 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The Times

- GlaxoSmithKline Plc GSK.L is embroiled in a row with activist investor Bluebell after it called for the replacement of the drugs group's chairman and chief executive, Jonathan Symonds. Link

- Octopus Energy plans to invest 3 billion pounds ($4.10 billion) in hydrogen plants in Britain by the end of the decade after striking a deal with RES, the giant renewables group. Link

The Guardian

- The University of Cambridge has broken off talks with the United Arab Emirates over a record 400 million pounds collaboration after claims about the Gulf state's use of controversial Pegasus hacking software, the university's vice-chancellor has said. Link

- Inc AMZN.O has urged owners of its Ring security cameras and doorbells – which come with a camera and microphone – to respect neighbours' privacy after a court ruled their use broke data laws. Link

The Telegraph

- Microsoft Corp MSFT.O will shut down the Chinese version of its professional networking website LinkedIn, saying it has found it increasingly difficult to comply with the Communist regime's demands for control. Link

- HS2 is poised to award a flagship 2.8 billion pounds train building contract to two manufacturers that failed to meet the rail link's own criteria after a process "shrouded in mystery", the German manufacturing behemoth Siemens AG SIEGn.DE has claimed in the high court. Link

Sky News

- Pure Gym, which trades from nearly 300 UK sites, is likely to decide by the end of the week whether to cancel a listing on the London Stock Exchange, Sky News learns. Link

- SoftBank's Vision Fund is to lead a new funding round for one of Britain's fintech companies, Zopa, in a deal that will value it at more than 500 million pounds, Sky News learns. Link

The Independent

- Amazon will push shoppers to buy Christmas gifts four weeks early and expects supply chain disruption to linger until at least spring next year, according to an internal document seen by The Independent. Link

($1 = 0.7314 pounds) (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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