Business Diary: Google boss takes fight to the enemy
Friday 04 December 2009
Good to see The Wall Street Journal give its writers free rein. In an op-ed piece yesterday, Google boss Eric Schmidt said: "With dwindling revenue and diminished resources, frustrated newspaper executives are looking for someone to blame. Much of their anger is currently directed at Google... the facts suggest otherwise." Chief of the get-Google brigade is, of course, Rupert Murdoch, the Journal's owner.
It's Hammer time for your old gold
Happy news from Cash4Gold, the company that buys up customers' unwanted gold, which is quite handy right now given the record price of the precious metal. It has signed up MC Hammer as a partner. The rapper is to star in the company's adverts as part of the deal.
The economists who were once big in Japan
Here's a quiz question. What do new MPC member Adam Posen, Federal Reserve governor Ben Bernanke, IMF chief economist Oliver Blanchard, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have in common? The answer is they all made their name studying Japan's "lost decade" of economic stagnation. Let's hope they've learned the lessons.
Dubai's ruler hopes for happier times
You'll be pleased to hear that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is back from the Eid holiday, updating the world via his Twitter page. Strangely, Dubai's ruler still has nothing to say about the financial crisis – unless his wish for better times ahead is an oblique reference to the events of the past week. His latest tweet reads: "I pray to Allah that when we celebrate future national days, we will have achieved our dreams and enhanced our position in the world."
Somalia's booming stock market
Somalia may be dangerous, but it is embracing Western-style capitalism. Reuters reports that pirates based in the coastal town of Haradheere have set up a stock exchange where locals can buy shares in their ventures. Of 72 "maritime companies" on the exchange, 10 have apparently staged successful hijackings so far.
Number of the day: 20
Years since Norton motorbikes, now back in production, were last made in the UK.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
scienceThe new development in bio-printing technology could be used in the future to restore lost vision - though years of research still await
Geoffrey Macnab: The Wolf of Wall Street's account of white-collar excess is A Rake’s Progress on steroids
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
- 1 Facebook 'self-censorship': study records when you don't post to find more ways to share
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 ‘Why we don't have snow in Saudi Arabia’: Video captures winter fun as Middle East hit with rare blizzard
- 4 Vitamin pills are a waste of money, offer no health benefits and could be harmful - study
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
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