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Early learning business books | Which MBA? | The Economist

ANDREW MASON, Groupon’s ex boss, complained in a recent blog post that too few of the young people who joined his firm had read a single business …

What is Tumblr?

ON MAY 20th Yahoo announced that it was buying Tumblr, a popular blogging platform, for $1.1 billion in cash. Blog-hosting websites date back to 1998 …

Is Silicon Valley getting too big for its boots?

"IF YOU'RE an engineer in Silicon Valley, you have no incentive to read <i>The Economist</i>," an unnamed tech entrepreneur tells George Packer in this …

A matter of procedure

HUAWEI, a fast-growing Chinese maker of telecommunications equipment, is used to being branded a threat to Western countries’ security. American …

What is ASCII?

THE notion of assigning specific number values to letters dates back as least as far as 700 BC. According to an inscription from his reign, Sargon …

High-speed data

THE British racing car company has built a vehicle that adjusts to fit the road. It is also applying technologies that were built for the race track …

Difference Engine: Machine called Edison

OVER the years, Babbage has been fascinated by start-up companies. Start-ups bring novel technology to the marketplace in the hope of making a …

Curing cancer with finance

JUST back from an inspirational talk by Andrew Lo of MIT Sloan at a seminar in the furthest reaches of Canary Wharf. The Economist has mentioned his …

How do you find planets around other stars?

A CENTURY ago astronomers knew of only eight planets in the entire universe: those around the Sun, the most distant of which, Neptune, had been …

Hiring digital 007s

“AT BOOZ ALLEN, we’re shaping the future of cyber-security,” trumpets a recruiting message on the website of Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting and …

The cost of living

LIFE is priceless to those who possess it. Policymakers, though, must take a more hard-headed approach. That is particularly—if unfairly—true in …

World Health Organization

A global health catastrophe?

AS G8 health ministers meet for the first time in five years, Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, explains why politicians must …

Fall of the titans

IN GREEK mythology the firmament was held aloft by a titan, one of a race of deities descended from Earth and sky. So it is fitting that the Milky …

Computer says no

“TICK tock tick tock”, tweeted Anonymous Africa, a group of computer hackers, on June 14th. Minutes later a website of the African National Congress …

Public Sector

A bling offensive

SILVER has long been known as more than bling. In the fifth century BC Hippocrates noted its ability to preserve food and water. In the late 19th …

Watch this

WHEN Facebook splashed out over $1 billion on Instagram, a photo-sharing app, last year there was much speculation about how the giant social network …

Hazed and confused

A DENSE, acrid cloud of white smoke has enveloped Singapore, bringing much of the city-state to a standstill. This is “haze”, blowing in from …

Power shift

CONSOLIDATION in the 3D-printing business continues as the big companies in the industry aim to provide services and products that cover the entire …

Charging the mobile

IT IS budget season in east Africa and the spending is easy. A shopping list of roads, pipelines, ports and public-sector pay rises prompted Uganda …

East Africa

Singin’ in the rain

NEWS of new aircraft, orders and technology rained from the skies this week at the Paris Air Show, where a bumper crowd of producers and customers …

Air Shows

Keep your mind on the road

CARS, to paraphrase some in America’s gun lobby, do not kill people. People kill people. And among the people more likely than others to kill people …

Handsfree

Difference Engine: Gateway to tomorrow

MATERIALS matter. A century ago, an abundance of iron, lead and copper fuelled America’s transition from an agrarian economy to an industrial one. …

Why is hands-free texting dangerous?

TEXTING while driving can be extremely dangerous. As cars continue to become more computerised it will not be long, however, before hands-free …

Mobile advertising to double this year

The mobile advertising market will grow by 90 per cent to nearly £1bn in 2013 as mobile internet use booms.<p>The UK's market for mobile advertising is predicted to increase significantly from £526m spent last year, as technology companies adjust to widespread use of mobiles for online …

Tour Google’s New Dublin Campus, A Playground For Nerds

The search engine’s new Dublin HQ is a spunky, brightly colored workplace with in-your-face design flourishes.<p>By all accounts, it’s fun to work at Google. How could it not be, with all those slides, lounge chairs, and espresso cafes to keep you happy (read: productive) throughout the work day and, …