Business Diary: 30/01/2010
Saturday 30 January 2010
Hell hath no fury like Apple scorned
Technology website VentureBeat claims McGraw Hill was dropped from Steve Jobs' launch presentation of the Apple iPad on Wednesday (it was apparently meant to feature on a slide naming partners for the device).
The publisher's boss, Harold McGraw III, had made the mistake of talking about the launch on television on Tuesday – breaking the Apple omerta.
How am I supposed to live without you?
We know it's childish but we just can't help it. A triumphant press release arrives from Clayton Euro Risk, a specialist mortgage provider, heralding the appointment of a new director. Step forward Michael Bolton.
Inside knowledge spoils the market
Paddy Power, the bookmaker, often offers odds on business matters – particularly on hirings and firings at major companies. Strangely, no book was run on the race for the chairmanship of Debenhams. Possibly that was because the retailer's choice is Nigel Northridge, the chairman of none other than Paddy Power.
Lulu the dog wins £700m legal fight
A turning point in the legal battle between EDS and BSkyB – won by the latter this week – came when Joe Galloway, a big cheese at the consultant, was exposed telling porkies. Galloway said he had an MBA from Concordia College – BSkyB claimed the qualification wasn't kosher and its QC, Mark Howard, procured a degree for his dog, Lulu, to prove the point.
Posties celebrate as Crozier quits
Adam Crozier, the new boss of ITV, will clearly not be missed by many at the Royal Mail, his current employer. One blogger reports he heard of the appointment on Thursday afternoon just as a postman arrived with a delivery. On hearing the news, the deliriously happy postie announced "you've made my day".
Number of the day: £60m
The amount BBC Worldwide should be charged for using the BBC brand, according to independent producers
That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests
Emergency landing at Heathrow sparks further controversy over London airport capacity
Two bailed after arrest over Woolwich attack Twitter comments
Exclusive: Woolwich killings suspect Michael Adebolajo was inspired by cleric banned from UK after urging followers to behead enemies of Islam
Men arrested after RAF jet is scrambled to escort Pakistan Airlines passenger plane to Stansted
- 1 Liam Gallagher slams Daft Punk: 'I could have written Get Lucky in an hour'
- 2 What, let gays get married? We must be bonkers
- 3 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Two bailed after arrest over Woolwich attack Twitter comments
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