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Thirteen years after he succeeded Bill Gates as Microsoft's chief executive, Steve #Ballmer has announced his departure. The software company said on August 23rd that Mr Ballmer had "decided to retire" within 12 months. Microsoft's board has appointed a committee, which includes Mr Gates (these days, the chairman) to choose a successor http://econ.st/1c0CmbB

How would the Hyperloop actually work?

ELON MUSK has made a career out of confounding the experts. When he promised to slash the cost of spaceflight he was told it could not be done; …

Today's #Dailychart shows the pathetic representation of women central bankers. Since women started playing a role on monetary policy committees (MPCs) in the 1970s, their numbers have remained meagre. The European Central Bank (ECB) currently has no women on its MPC. As for the Fed, there are just six women compared with 11 men. Some countries have been more progressive http://econ.st/12vYqYW

As the death toll from seven weeks of unrest in Egypt approaches 2,000, the overwhelming bulk of victims has been on the Muslim Brothers' side. A ceaseless campaign of vilification in the country's press has had its intended effect. "They deserve it" is the kind of callous remark reserved for what many now condemn in blanket terms as "terrorists" http://econ.st/12vmiM6

Would it be possible to describe a language's "difficulty" in the abstract? If so, what would it look like? English-speakers often point to a language like Latin or Ancient Greek. Next to them, in one important respect, English is easy. The distinction involves a language's "inflectional morphology" http://econ.st/152pKSj

Going wrong

ALI ZAIDAN, Libya’s prime minister, is not given to hyperbole. A lawyer and former dissident, he tends to be studious, even dull, in his …

Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, a sliver on the west coast with a population of 1.8m, is trying to turn itself into an offshore financial centre. Central to the strategy is a state-of-the-art online corporate registry, offering quick and cheap incorporation of the types of secretive companies and trusts that drive financial investigators to distraction http://econ.st/1507iTp