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
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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