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Ren Zhengfei says that being staff-owned has helped Huawei overtake Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent

Huawei founder brushes off accusations that it acts as an arm of the Chinese state

Ren Zhengfei tells James Ashton why he is suspicious of the stock market, saying that ‘shareholders are greedy’

Sir John Sunderland, chairman of Barclays remuneration committee was angrily heckled by shareholders

James Ashton: More entrepreneurs in
politics – that’s diversity

In San Francisco there is much excitement about Dropbox, an online document-sharing firm designed to chip away at the all-powerful Microsoft Office (in which Index is an investor). This week it paraded new apps that take it further into the Flickr and Instagram territory of photo sharing.

James Ashton: You can legislate for top pay
but it doesn’t seem to work

I am doubtful that the EU commissioner Michel Barnier has cracked the executive pay puzzle with his latest clampdown.

James Ashton: A few pricked bubbles won’t curb our appetite for a new wave of tech floats

Danny Rimer, a prime mover at the internet investment house Index Ventures, debunked a few theories when we met last summer.

Banks told they must renew creaky IT systems

Complex networks bolted together after mergers are under strain, watchdog says

Thames Water seeks international backers for London’s £4bn super-sewer

Company to set up new firm to build £4.2bn network, paid for by £40 a year on bills

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
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Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
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Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis