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The invasion of corporate news

ft.com — ©Lucas Varela A population of 100,000 is no longer a guarantee that a city like Richmond, California can sustain a thriving daily paper. Readers have drifted from the tactile pleasures of print to the digital gratification of their smartphone screens, and advertising revenues have drifted with them.
Sep 20, 2014

Deep, nuanced FT piece on corporate-created news -- should that be in quotes? -- ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/9…

Sep 20, 2014

"@FT on.ft.com/1wzQ67c” 4.6 PRs to each journalist in US & paid 1.5 times as much! So seven times as much spent on lies than on truth!

Sep 20, 2014

RT @FT: How the lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred: on.ft.com/1wzQ67c pic.twitter.com/lQEJnlhvkl

Sep 20, 2014

RT @PolisLSE: Interesting article in the FT on corporate news taking over and the blurring of lines btw journalism and PR ow.ly/BGyaT

Sep 20, 2014

RT @paullewismoney: “@FT: How the lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred: on.ft.com/1wzQ67c pic.twitter.com/NNynoGddsy” 4.6 PRs to each J

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Secrets of Silicon Valley

ft.com — Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters, Virgin Books, RRP£16.99/Crown Business, RRP$27, 224 pages How Google Works, by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg with Alan Eagle, John Murray, RRP£25/Grand Central Publishing, RRP$30, 352 pages The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When there are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz, Harper Business, RRP£18.99/$29.99, 304 pages The world wants to know Silicon Valley 's secret.

Scottish referendum: How complacency nearly lost a united kingdom

ft.com — When scholars come to write the history of Scotland's 2014 independence campaign they may conclude the United Kingdom was saved by an opinion poll. It was the startling lead for a referendum Yes vote reported by YouGov on the evening of September 6 that finally shattered the complacency of a UK political elite that had previously failed to realise the 307-year-old union between England and Scotland was really at risk.
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The Diary: Caroline Daniel

ft.com — It is 16 years since I spent an evening in San Francisco, but as soon as I arrive at PR-and-lifestyle guru Susan MacTavish Best's home for a soirée billed as: "Data for Dinner - The Future of Our Food", I know I am in for a true Silicon Valley

Oculus reveals latest virtual reality prototype

blogs.ft.com — FT experts in San Francisco, London and Taipei upload their views

Lunch with the FT: Sir John Sawers

ft.com — The designated location is Gustoso, a modest Italian restaurant in Pimlico, central London. The booking is under my name. Security: light to invisible. Sipping a Virgin Mary, I savour the moment ahead of the first on-the-record interview with the
Sep 20, 2014

This is pretty cool. 'C' of MI6 has lunch with the FT, orders sea bream, contemplates accommodation with Iran. on.ft.com/1plVCVh

Sep 20, 2014

Seabass and SIS. MT @FT: spy chief Sir John Sawers gives his first on-the-record interview on.ft.com/1uN4J7Z pic.twitter.com/tqm2adZJqI

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Why the world is getting safer

ft.com — The bad news just doesn't seem to let up. The other day my publisher friend Mariia emailed from Kharkiv in Ukraine. When I visited Kharkiv two years ago, it was poor, corrupt, dominated by a humungous statue of Lenin, and yet green, charming and
Sep 20, 2014

RT @FTMag: "The thousands who didn't die of Aids today don't get reported": Why the world is getting safer @KuperSimon on.ft.com/1u6ve9H

Crushing the competition - at any price

ft.com — Forty years ago a German economist, Reinhard Selten, published a working paper with the title "The chain store paradox". It was simple and profound and showed a discomfiting disconnect between the fashionable mathematical tools known as "game theory"
Sep 20, 2014

Economics: "A heady mixture of logic, psychology and something approaching military strategy." ft.com/cms/s/0/b7f4a4…

Sep 20, 2014

'Crushing the competition – at any price' - Amazon and the chainstore paradox (me in @FT) dlvr.it/6yTHnj

Brown sets out timetable for new Scottish powers

ft.com — Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister, on Saturday vowed to ensure that promises made by politicians to deliver more powers to the Scottish parliament would be honoured, and set up a timetable that could see draft legislation ready by November. Mr
Sep 20, 2014

What. The. Hell? - Brown sets out timetable for new Scottish powers ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c…

Alibaba: Tracking the biggest ever tech IPO

blogs.ft.com — The stock market has never seen an IPO like it. At $25bn, assuming the expected high demand leads the underwriters to sell the maximum of shares available, Alibaba's launch on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday is set to the be biggest stock sale ever.
Sep 19, 2014

RT @Edgecliffe: If Alibaba prices at $91, Yahoo's stake will be worth $36.6bn vs Yahoo's market cap right now of just $42bn. on.ft.com/1uNEAVH

Sep 19, 2014

RT @Edgecliffe: If Alibaba prices at $91, Yahoo's stake will be worth $36.6bn vs Yahoo's market cap right now of just $42bn. on.ft.com/1uNEAVH

Sep 19, 2014

RT @Edgecliffe: If Alibaba prices at $91, Yahoo's stake will be worth $36.6bn vs Yahoo's market cap right now of just $42bn. on.ft.com/1uNEAVH

Sep 19, 2014

If Alibaba prices at $91, Yahoo's stake will be worth $36.6bn vs Yahoo's market cap right now of just $42bn. on.ft.com/1uNEAVH

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GE eyes oil group Dresser-Rand

ft.com — General Electric has held talks with Dresser-Rand about a possible acquisition of the US oilfield equipment manufacturer, setting up the prospect of a bidding war with German rival Siemens over the company that has a market value of $5.5bn. GE,

Secret to success lay in understanding Scottish swing voters

ft.com — Now that all the Scottish referendum votes are in, a new received wisdom is emerging. This says the contest was always the No camp's to lose but that by running an uninspired, negative campaign that was forced to offer hurried concessions at the
Sep 20, 2014

RT @LordAshcroft: Why the No campaign focused on currency and other risks on.ft.com/1wQkxsT My poll found the £ was the biggest issue for No voters.

Sep 20, 2014

RT @LordAshcroft: Why the No campaign focused on currency and other risks on.ft.com/1wQkxsT My poll found the £ was the biggest issue for No voters.

Sep 20, 2014

RT @LordAshcroft: Why the No campaign focused on currency and other risks on.ft.com/1wQkxsT My poll found the £ was the biggest issue for No voters.

Sep 19, 2014

RT @johnpmcdermott: V interesting piece on the polling behind the No side's strategy, and why it appealed to heads rather than hearts. tinyurl.com/p3xf8kj

Running with the FT: Malcolm Gladwell

ft.com — Malcolm Gladwell is very patient but he would like me to run more efficiently.
Sep 20, 2014

Malcolm @Gladwell on rich men who closet themselves away in tax havens: "It’s an incredibly interesting pathology." on.ft.com/1o8WjC1

Sep 20, 2014

How much money would make you uproot to a tax haven? Take Malcolm Gladwell's Guy Hands Test: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2… pic.twitter.com/aIE0kscGXL

Sep 20, 2014

RT @duncanrobinson: IT'S PLATITUDEMAN RT 'His mind is wired for explication, his body built for speed': Malcolm Gladwell on.ft.com/1sCZBP9

Sep 20, 2014

RT @duncanrobinson: IT'S PLATITUDEMAN RT 'His mind is wired for explication, his body built for speed': Malcolm Gladwell on.ft.com/1sCZBP9

Sep 20, 2014

IT'S PLATITUDEMAN RT 'His mind is wired for explication, his body built for speed': Malcolm Gladwell on.ft.com/1sCZBP9

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Sadness proves the epilogue to hope

ft.com — On Thursday, residents of Craigmillar marched behind a bagpiper whose instrument blared "Scotland the Brave" while effusing balls of fire. The "short walk to freedom" in this working-class area of Edinburgh was organised as a celebration of coming
Sep 20, 2014

Dispatch from Edinburgh after the #indyref. Sadness in the land of the omnipotent No. on.ft.com/1uMl1ho #FT

Jeremy Paxman on the Forward Prize for poetry

ft.com — The other day, a young reporter - a man of great ambition and some determination - asked me what I thought of his work. It was competent - but his writing was plodding. I recommended he read a poem a day. It wasn't original advice. I had plagiarised
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