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MEPs to propose Google break-up

ft.com — The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power. The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to take a
Nov 21, 2014

Serious talk of breaking up Google emerges from Brussels - FT.com on.ft.com/1uKKtTG

Nov 21, 2014

Europe set to call for breakup of Google, FT says. No word yet if two companies will be called Go and Ogle. on.ft.com/1uKKtTG

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BoE opens probe into own staff

ft.com — The Bank of England has opened a formal investigation into whether its officials knew of - and even facilitated - the possible manipulation of auctions designed to inject money into the credit markets to alleviate the financial crisis. The probe,
Nov 22, 2014

RT @paullewismoney: Now the Bank of England is investigating if its own staff were involved in rigging markets, says FT goo.gl/kD5BMI

Nov 22, 2014

Now the Bank of England is investigating if its own staff were involved in rigging markets, says FT goo.gl/kD5BMI

Nov 22, 2014

Bank of England to probe whether staff helped rig money auctions - FT.com on.ft.com/1ukq5Fq via @FT

Nov 21, 2014

RT @meganmurp: Must read - BoE probing whether staff helped rig money market auctions during the crisis from @carolinebinham ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4…

Nov 21, 2014

Must read - BoE probing whether staff helped rig money market auctions during the crisis from @carolinebinham ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4…

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Cheshire Cat smiles mask danger in UK politics

ft.com — Look carefully at the photos from Thursday's by-election victory of the UK Independence party in Rochester, or those of last month's UK Independence party victory in Clacton. Can you see that disembodied smile? No, this is not Lewis Carroll's
Nov 22, 2014

RT @lionelbarber: Berlusconi-style politics - the smile and the lie - come to Britain. Bill Emmott on #UKIP #Farage and #Boris ft.com/cms/s/0/c192ea…

Nov 22, 2014

Berlusconi-style politics - the smile and the lie - come to Britain. Bill Emmott on #UKIP #Farage and #Boris ft.com/cms/s/0/c192ea…

Rare tiger snared in China’s anti-corruption campaign

ft.com — When investigators searched the Beijing home of Xu Caihou, one of China's highest-ranking army generals, they found so much cash and precious gems they needed a week to count it all and 12 trucks to haul it away. The cash was neatly stacked in boxes,
Nov 21, 2014

RT @S_Rabinovitch: Corrupt Chinese general had so much cash that investigators 'needed a week to count it and 12 trucks to haul it away' on.ft.com/1qL7gjY

Nov 21, 2014

RT @dgwbirch: Let’s see. Chinese General caught with a) Bitcoin b) pre-paid cards or c) flipping great wodges of cash ft.com/cms/s/0/4883f6…

Nov 21, 2014

I’ll be disappointed if this doesn’t turn into a Nic Cage movie ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4…

Nov 21, 2014

The Chinese general found with 12 trucks of loot in cash and gems literally weighing a tonne ft.com/cms/s/0/4883f6… FT

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Aviva in talks to buy Friends Life

ft.com — Aviva is in secret talks to buy rival FTSE 100 life insurer Friends Life in a £5.6bn acquisition that would transform the UK pensions industry, according to people with knowledge of the discussion. It would be the biggest deal in the UK insurance

Halliburton: good things come to those who wait

ftalphaville.ft.com — Apparently, Halliburton's $34.6bn acquisition of Baker Hughes was a blundered -- and costly -- deal by the oil services company. The business press (the FT included) have been brutal in their assessment. My colleagues on Lex, with characteristic subtlety, rebuked Halliburton for creating a bad acquirer template.
Nov 21, 2014

.@EdHammondNY using market to divine meaning about the merits, or lack thereof, of individual deals is a lost cause. on.ft.com/11D0vEN

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Uncertain mood as Iran nuclear talks begin

ft.com — As world powers dispatch their foreign ministers for a final round of talks on Iran's nuclear programme the mood is uncertain, with a sense that progress towards a comprehensive deal has stalled. But there are still hopes for some kind of broad
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Najmeh_Tehran Diplomats eye interim agreement as final talks stall; how cancer patients suffer from sanctions bit.ly/1BV8f62 #FT

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Najmeh_Tehran: Diplomats eye interim agreement as final deal talks stall: and read how cancer patients suffer from sanctions on.ft.com/1AsXplY #FT

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China ends world’s oldest monopoly

ft.com — The world's oldest monopoly has crumbled. The Chinese government this week dissolved its salt monopoly, ending the state's control over a sector that has been in place since the 7th century BC as it pursues market reforms and a streamlined
Nov 22, 2014

China ends world’s oldest monopoly - on salt, since before Socrates + Buddha on.ft.com/1xa1uoU #FT

Nov 21, 2014

fascinating piece by @HornbyLucy: China ends world’s oldest monopoly - salt monopoly intro'd in 7thC BC on.ft.com/11lesaG

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Uber’s insurgency machine backfires

ft.com — Uber's bumpy road Uber operates in almost 130 cities across North America, but until recently, Las Vegas was not one of them. For months, the taxi-app company rallied supporters around the social-media hashtag #VegasNeedsUber, and argued that rules
Nov 21, 2014

RT @ArashMassoudi: Here's our weekend @FT feature on the biggest risk to Uber after its rough week: ft.com/cms/s/0/5f8ccb… via @tim and @sarahmishkin

Nov 21, 2014

RT @ArashMassoudi: Here's our weekend @FT feature on the biggest risk to Uber after its rough week: ft.com/cms/s/0/5f8ccb… via @tim and @sarahmishkin

Nov 21, 2014

Here's our weekend @FT feature on the biggest risk to Uber after its rough week: ft.com/cms/s/0/5f8ccb… via @tim and @sarahmishkin

Nov 21, 2014

Insane growth: Uber bookings have more than doubled since its last financing round just months ago ft.com/cms/s/0/5f8ccb…

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FT Masterclass: Cage fighting with Alex Reid, mixed martial arts professional

ft.com — I am sprawled on the floor, my opponent's arm pressing down into my neck. Some of his moves are designed to constrict the carotid artery; others to hyperextend limbs and joints. One such move - the kimura - will lead either to my submission or to a
Nov 22, 2014

@Mcsportfighter I hope that, having recently met Alex Reid, you'll be interested in this! ft.com/cms/s/0/8da2af… Cheers #MMA

Nov 21, 2014

Cage fighter Alex Reid tells FT: "I actually detest violence . . . let’s leave tough-guy stuff for hardcore nutters.” ft.com/cms/s/0/8da2af…

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London sprawling

ft.com — Next month a train to London will leave from Shrewsbury in Shropshire for the first time in nearly four years, thus ending a lengthy local campaign to get the service restored. It also ends an obscure and quirky anomaly whereby Shropshire was the only one of England's 39 historic counties without a direct rail link to the capital.
Nov 22, 2014

London and "UnLondon" define modern Britain. Fine essay by Matthew Engel ft.com/cms/s/2/e72dc7…

Nov 21, 2014

Interesting weekend read: Britain's division is less between classes, and more between London and "unLondon". ow.ly/EGdQ0

Nov 21, 2014

RT @thomasforth: "[London is] a wonderful city whose grip on national life is now endangering the country’s survival" - yes. ft.com/cms/s/2/e72dc7…

Nov 21, 2014

"Beyond London itself and commutable quasi-London, there is a vast penumbra of Londonishness." ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/e… PARKLIFE?

Nov 21, 2014

RT @staffordphilip: “It’s not that they actually want to go to London. They just think they have a right to go" - London sprawling on.ft.com/1Fa3kMI

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US postpones decision on biofuel mandate

ft.com — The US government has deferred a decision until next year on how much ethanol and other biofuels should have been blended into road fuels this year, provoking a storm of protests from businesses angry at the prolonged uncertainty. The Environmental
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ed_Crooks: Refiners will have to wait until next year to find out how much ethanol they should have added to fuel this year: on.ft.com/1AuvEcP

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ed_Crooks: Refiners will have to wait until next year to find out how much ethanol they should have added to fuel this year: on.ft.com/1AuvEcP

Nov 21, 2014

Refiners will have to wait until next year to find out how much ethanol they should have added to fuel this year: on.ft.com/1AuvEcP

Nov 21, 2014

After #KeystoneXL, the administration postpones another big energy decision. 2014 biofuel mandate put off to 2015: on.ft.com/1AuvEcP

Women artists evolve a unique visual language

ft.com — Is women's art different from men's? At the 1845 Salon, Baudelaire praised Eugénie Gautier because "her painting has nothing to do with woman's painting". A century later, critics applauded Georgia O'Keeffe because "she paints like a man". Then came
Nov 22, 2014

RT @FT: The $44m sale of a Georgia O'Keeffe work is a female record. Is women's art different? (2009) on.ft.com/1xKga36 pic.twitter.com/tszUgpkrqE

Kurdistan: a nation in waiting

ft.com — ©Sebastian Meyer Machko is a traditional Kurdish tea room at the foot of the centuries-old Erbil citadel, a casual gathering place for artists and politicians. Surrounded by walls of faded pictures showing men in the baggy trousers of traditional costume, and glossier portraits of others wearing dark suits and trendy sunglasses, Mustafa Machko takes payments from customers and tells me about his life.

The Fast Lane: The fast show

ft.com — I am planning a totally new concept. The Fast Lane Video Diary (FLVD) would see me travelling with a film crew. We will drive a bit more traffic to FT.com but also prove to all the non-believers that: (a) I really do travel this much; (b) I do it on
Nov 22, 2014

Tyler Brule TV would save him the bother of having to write it down. on.ft.com/11CXdkU

Slow ratcheting up of pressure most effective way to change Fifa

ft.com — It is a common problem for western countries: how to oust a corrupt regime. Now the west is targeting Fifa, football's global authority. Many westerners are rummaging through their toolboxes looking for something that can remove Sepp Blatter, Fifa's
Nov 22, 2014

"One official says Blatter hopes to win the Nobel Peace Prize, for having united the world through football." on.ft.com/11CWvnR

Spain’s surging Podemos party rushes to get to the top

ft.com — The faculty of political sciences at Complutense University of Madrid makes no secret of its ideological leanings. Its long, red-brick corridors are covered with anti-capitalist slogans, strike appeals and stickers bearing the Communist hammer and
Nov 21, 2014

A whiff of euroscepticism... and hash. Spain’s surging Podemos - FT.com on.ft.com/1zJhhhs via @FT

Nov 21, 2014

RT @gideonrachman: Fascinating piece by @TobiasBuckFT Spain’s surging Podemos party rushes to the top - FT.com on.ft.com/1zJhhhs via @FT

Nov 21, 2014

"Podemos are not interested in the long path to power. They want to go straight to the top." on.ft.com/1zJhhhs via @FT

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Main parties to blame for their agonies over Ukip

ft.com — Imagine an American passing through London for the first time on Thursday night. He watches the news in his hotel suite and concludes what? Probably that Britain is riven by the culture wars of his own country, minus the bit about God. Rochester and
Nov 21, 2014

"So this is the Britain glimpsed by our American friend in his hotel room." on.ft.com/1xYopHE

Nov 21, 2014

Brilliant @JananGanesh Tories’ folly is "their benches are peppered with cranks zealots & the flamboyantly disloyal" on.ft.com/1xYopHE

Nov 21, 2014

RT @gideonrachman: The Tory message has been summarised by one commentator as “Ukip are right – don’t vote for them” on.ft.com/1xYPf25, says@JananGanesh

Nov 21, 2014

The Tory message has been summarised by one commentator as “Ukip are right – don’t vote for them” on.ft.com/1xYPf25, says@JananGanesh

Crude slide sparks oil-related debt fears

ft.com — On Energy Road, halfway between the West Texas towns of Midland and Odessa, the nodding oil wells that dot the surrounding fields have been complemented with a gleaming multimillion-dollar performing arts centre. Built with $20m of donated money and
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ed_Crooks: Crude at $60 could cause a wave of oil and gas companies to default on their debts. Great story from @tracyalloway: on.ft.com/1v2VFMP

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ed_Crooks: Crude at $60 could cause a wave of oil and gas companies to default on their debts. Great story from @tracyalloway: on.ft.com/1v2VFMP

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Ed_Crooks: Crude at $60 could cause a wave of oil and gas companies to default on their debts. Great story from @tracyalloway: on.ft.com/1v2VFMP

Nov 21, 2014

Crude at $60 could cause a wave of oil and gas companies to default on their debts. Great story from @tracyalloway: on.ft.com/1v2VFMP

Nov 21, 2014

Oil and gas company debt now accounts for more than 15% of the US junk bond market, up from 4% ten years ago: on.ft.com/1v2VFMP

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