Mark Leftly: Never in the field of outsourcing has so much been owed to so many

Westminster Outlook Sir Winston Churchill once said: “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”

Toby Green: Investors hail taxi apps as it gets mean on the streets

Outlook There is certainly no let-up in the appetite among investors for taxi apps. Yesterday GetTaxi announced it was on the brink of closing a $150m (£90m) funding round, having received a single $25m injection from Swedish investment firm Vostok Nafta.

Toby Green: Investors hail taxi apps as it gets mean on the streets

Outlook There is certainly no let-up in the appetite among investors for taxi apps. Yesterday GetTaxi announced it was on the brink of closing a $150m (£90m) funding round, having received a single $25m injection from Swedish investment firm Vostok Nafta.

‘Candy Crush’ has turned sour, so is it game over for King Digital?

Outlook With the CNBC set on one side and blue-coated traders rushing around, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is used to being a hive of activity.

The black cloud hanging over Britain’s impressive economic recovery? Weak productivity

The Bank slashed its 2014 productivity growth forecast to just 0.25 per cent

Peter Humphrey, the investigator hired by GlaxoSmith-Kline to investigate bribery allegations in China, has been jailed for two and a half years for breaching privacy laws

Drugs and sex and closed legal proceedings

Outlook What price do corporations place on a transparent justice system? The Shanghai trial of the private investigator Peter Humphrey – hired by GlaxoSmithKline to investigate an apparently malicious leak of a sex tape by someone in the drug giant’s China operations – should send a cold feeling down the spines of foreign investors.

Asset managers know better where AIA is concerned

Outlook Fans of Vic Reeves Big Night Out will recall the catchphrase: “You wouldn’t let it lie.” One person who refuses to let it lie is the chief executive of the insurance giant Prudential, Tidjane Thiam. Yesterday he was complaining about the fact that his bid to acquire AIA, the Asian arm of the bust American insurer AIG, in 2010 was scuppered.

Chris Blackhurst: The Government must intervene to unmask foreign buyers inflating a new property bubble with questionable cash

Midweek View: They’re buying because our regulation is ‘light touch’ - code in international circles for non-existent

George Osborne

Britain's trade headache could be about to get worse

The latest trade figures are pretty abysmal. The trade in goods deficit in June rose to £9.4bn, up from £9.2bn in May.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration ceremony at Katra railway station in Katra

Satyajit Das: India’s new rulers won a mandate for change. That was the easy part

Das Capital: Narendra Modi could join an illustrious line of political leaders who do not live up to their promise

Britain has one of the most flexible labour markets: employment is up by nearly 1.7 million since May 2010

David Blanchflower: Don’t be misled - the fall in unemployment has nothing to do with the Coalition’s welfare reforms

There are no credible empirical studies that show joblessness is being reduced by welfare changes

Richard Dodgson - Founder, Timebased

Small Business Person of the Week: Richard Dodgson - Founder, Timebased

'Events can increase footfall and drive social media'

Vince Cable: The Business Secretary has been pressing for banks to be obliged to help businesses they reject to find alternative finance

David Prosser: The big banks are right to feel nervous about alternative lenders as new legislation looms

Small Talk: Treasury has pledged to act under forthcoming Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Indonesian people were exposed to leaded petrol long after the government there had wanted to eliminate it

New rules on fines risk making it easier to do dirty business

The Serious Fraud Office is to allow plea bargaining, which will raise cash but leave justice short-changed
Salmond and Darling during the ScotsDecide debate earlier in the week

No such thing as 'amicable': The price of a Scottish divorce

Should the Better Together bandwagon be taking the high or the low road? With just a month to go until the Scottish referendum on independence, that's the big question being batted around inside Alistair Darling's campaign team: step up the heat or stay quiet.

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Hewlett-Packard has accused Oracle and CEO Larry Ellison of 'harassment'
On Thursday, Oracle announced its co-founder Larry Ellison would step down as chief executive. This is what you need to know about the fabulous life of the software mogul.
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Pro-union activists rally opposite of pro-independence supporters in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland
Scotland has spoken. But what are the implications for GDP growth and living standards for the UK economy now?, Ben Chu explains
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The campaign has left much of Scotland divided
After the shrillest campaign of fear from the financial and corporate community, the Scottish people decided to vote "no"...Or as City traders would say, to adopt a "risk off" strategy
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Yahoo owns a 22.5% stake in Alibaba after making a $1bn investment- but IPO could be a make or break moment for Mayer, says Oscar Williams Grut
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Lionsgate is funding British films using the money made from global hits such as ‘The Expendables’ series
The chief executive of film distributor Lionsgate tells Ian Burrell why more movies should be both made and set in the UK and why ITV and BSkyB should play their part
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A pedestrian walks past Alibaba.com advertising in Hong Kong.
The countdown for Alibaba's New York float has begun and the stage is set for what could be the biggest initial public offering of all-time. Here is what you need to know.
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Jack Ma founded Alibaba in 1999 with a website offering 22 items. It now accounts for 70 per cent of all packages delivered in China
E-commerce behemoth on track to become the biggest IPO in history
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Americans are less fussy when it comes to shareholder rights and Alibaba is taking advantage to ensure Jack Ma remains in the driving seat, writes Anthony Hilton
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A Yes vote does not deliver independence; it delivers a negotiation to secure the terms of independence. But once politicians start negotiating, anything can happen.
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While the Canadian province eventually voted No, the years of uncertainty caused banks to move elsewhere and damaged GDP. Mark McSherry ponders a similar fate for Scotland
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Phones 4U stores will remain closed while talks continue with parties interested in acquiring the business
The mobile phone retailer’s demise is a tragedy for its employees, but just business sense for those responsible, Alex Lawson and Simon Read report
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The Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon (right), is joined by the leader of Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood (centre) as they pass a bookmakers during a walk-about to meet the Scottish electorate
There’s a lot riding on Thursday’s poll, not least among bookmakers and punters such as Russell Lynch , who would like a referendum that makes them a little richer
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Latest figures say export growth in Britain has slowed to its lowest point since April, while factory output is at its weakest since the start of 2013
The underlying trend in  factory output is its weakest since the start of 2003, writes David Blanchflower
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Alex Salmond and the nationalists reject claims that Scotland's economy would suffer if the UK broke up
Ben Chu looks at what could happen if the 'yes' campaign triumphs in next week’s independence referendum
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Emissions policies will raise the cost of steel making
As Europe pursues anti-pollution measures, steel producers are warning that steeper costs will drive customers away, writes Thomas Biesheuvel
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The company donates its global revenues on the day to hundreds of charities
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Véronique Laury takes over as Kingfisher’s chief executive from Sir Ian Cheshire in January
More than half the UK population is female but she will become only the fifth FTSE 100 female chief executive, says Laura Chesters
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam