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What the armed forces can teach business

BartlebyWhat the armed forces can teach businessFighting spiritBusinessOct 24th 2020 editionWHEN CAPTAIN Gareth Tennant was patrolling with the Royal Marines in the Gulf of Aden in 2010, his team intercepted some Somali pirates on two skiffs. The pirates’ weapons were confiscated and the marines waited for clearance to release their prisoners. The plan...

Italy SpA offers an object lesson in corporate decline

Italian businessItaly SpA offers an object lesson in corporate declineHow the leopard lost its spotsBusinessOct 22nd 2020 editionFEW WORKS of literature capture the challenges of managing decay better than “The Leopard”, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s masterpiece about Sicilian blue bloods struggling to adapt to the changes ushered in by Italian unification...

Meet NextEra, America’s most valuable energy firm

What nextMeet NextEra, America’s most valuable energy firmThe clean-energy utility has surpassed ExxonMobil in market capitalisaion—and shows no signs of slowingBusinessOct 24th 2020 editionTO MANY INVESTORS, backing an American oil company looks only slightly shrewder than stuffing cash in a blender. Facing covid-19 and old concerns over low returns,...

Who owns the web’s data?

SchumpeterWho owns the web’s data?The fightback against Big Tech’s feudal lords has begunBusinessSIR TIM BERNERS-LEE had a Romantic vision when he created the World Wide Web in 1989. In his words, he helped “weave” it together as a way of connecting anything to anything—as if he were sitting at a loom, not at CERN, a particle-physics laboratory in Geneva....

American trustbusters take on Google

Search queryAmerican trustbusters take on GoogleThe case against the technology giant is at once narrow and grandBusinessIT WAS a long time coming. On October 20th the Department of Justice (DoJ) at last launched a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google. It is the first time American trustbusters have gone after big tech since their protracted battle...

Rather later than rivals, Apple unveils a first 5G-enabled phone

The iPhone gets up to snuffRather later than rivals, Apple unveils a first 5G-enabled phoneBusinessOct 17th 2020 editionHAVING more or less invented the smartphone in 2007, Apple has lately lagged behind other gadget-makers. On October 13th it caught up, unveiling its first 5G-enabled iPhones. Expect sales to pick up as users who have put off purchases...

Should big tech save newspapers?

SchumpeterShould big tech save newspapers?No. They need to save themselvesBusinessOct 17th 2020 editionIN THE EARLY 17th century the best place to gather news in London was the old cathedral of St Paul’s, a place that buzzed with gossip on politics and was described—unusually for a house of worship—as “the ear’s brothel”. Some of the informants were...

Why Chinese firms still flock to American stock exchanges

Red capitalismWhy Chinese firms still flock to American stock exchangesWashington is increasingly hostile to Chinese firms. Not Wall StreetBusinessOct 17th 2020 editionCHINESE FIRMS get a frosty reception in America these days. President Donald Trump is a relentless China-basher. His administration has tried to crush Huawei, a telecoms giant, ban TikTok...

Countering the tyranny of the clock

BartlebyCountering the tyranny of the clockHow flexible working is changing workers relationship with timeBusinessOct 17th 2020 editionTWO HUNDRED years ago, a device began to dominate the world of work. No, not the steam engine—the gadget was the clock. With the arrival of the factory, people were paid on the basis of how many hours they worked, rather...

Convenience stores may benefit from covid-19—if they adapt

Turning a cornerConvenience stores may benefit from covid-19—if they adaptMinimarts let people shop little, often and locally—just the ticket in pandemic timesBusinessOct 17th 2020 editionCORNER SHOPS are within walking distance of many homes, open long hours and small enough not to require customers to linger too long inside. They no longer sell just...

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