BRITISH TELECOM will not be coming back to ask for a re-merger. That was what Sir Christopher Bland, BT’s then chairman, promised after shareholders had approved plans to spin off the firm’s mobile-telephony unit in 2001.
IN DECEMBER 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season.
IT MUST all seem like a distant nightmare now. After the revelations of phone-hacking at the News of the World emerged in 2011, Rupert Murdoch was hauled before Parliament, calling it “the most humble day of my life”.
IT IS that rarest of things, an internet-search firm that does not have to worry much about Google. Baidu’s dominance of the market for search-related advertising in China has remained unchallenged since its American counterpart quit the country a few years ago, rather than put up with official censorship.
Hmm, what colour Porsche should I buy? NEARLY eight years have passed since young lawyers at large American firms last got significant pay rises.
ISRAEL is rightly proud of its status as a startup nation. It boasts the world’s highest concentration of high-tech startups per head.
HOWARD SCHULTZ, the head of Starbucks, said last year that “the currency of leadership is transparency.” If so, bosses should be feeling ever more qualified to command their troops.
Your dollars belong to us ARGENTINA has never been a simple place for foreign companies to operate in.
It wasn’t me CRITICS who don’t like a film usually pen scathing reviews of it. But “The Interview”, a comedy from Sony Pictures Entertainment that includes a scene depicting the assassination of Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, has provoked a far more damaging response from one particular bunch of detractors.
Slowly does it THE Centre for Autism and the Developing Brain sits on a pastoral campus north of New York city.
THAT Americans drive brash gas-guzzling cars whereas Europeans putter around in fuel-sipping runabouts is as enduring a stereotype as any.
TIMES are getting tougher for America’s mobile operators as they battle one another for business. On December 8th Verizon, which dominates the market together with AT&T, gave warning that its profits were being squeezed as it rolls out discounts to entice customers away from rivals.
INCUBATORS, accelerators, garages, laboratories: the best big companies have had them for years. Whatever the moniker (The Economist once had one called “Project Red Stripe”), in most cases a select few workers are liberated from the daily grind and encouraged to invent the future.
Spot the nuclear off switch FOR many Germans, E.ON, the country’s biggest utility, is a symbol of stability.
AFICIONADOS of fission have had to wait nearly two decades for another public flotation of a firm operating nuclear power plants.
“AN emblematic tragedy” is how Sir Paul Collier, an adviser to the British government, describes the situation in Guinea—referring not to the Ebola outbreak (awful though he considers that to be) but the saga of Simandou, a mining project mired in allegations of corruption, expropriation and corporate espionage.Simandou, a mountainous area in southern Guinea (pictured), has been called the El Dorado of iron ore.
A WITTY commercial for Adobe, the software firm, that aired last year showed a blissful team of executives and factory workers, who return to work when they think sales are up for their “Encyclopedia Atlantica”.
Heading abroad THE Hero motorcycle plant at Gurgaon, an industrial city near New Delhi, India’s capital, is a model of order.
One for the capitalist-roaders? THERE was much self-congratulation among Diageo’s bosses in July last year when the British firm, the world’s biggest maker of spirits, completed its acquisition of Shui Jing Fang, a maker of baijiu, a liquor generally made of rice.
...and not by agent STEP into an estate agency in small-town America and it is as if the internet had never been invented.