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Sony ‘made mistake’ in pulling film, says Barack Obama

ft.com — The US government is expected to confirm on Friday that it suspects North Korea is involved in the the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a US official said. Sony this week cancelled the release of the movie, The Interview, after threats to movie
Dec 19, 2014

-- Sony ‘made mistake’ in pulling film, says Barack Obama - ft.com/cms/s/0/f531b5…

Dec 19, 2014

Sony vs Obama public tit for tat is a bit embarrassing -- can't they just talk on the phone behind closed doors? ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MattGarrahan: It gets worse for Sony: Obama says it was wrong to pull The Interview. "They made a mistake." on.ft.com/1wTVBi5 pic.twitter.com/RrFC5y04ih

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MattGarrahan: It gets worse for Sony: Obama says it was wrong to pull The Interview. "They made a mistake." on.ft.com/1wTVBi5 pic.twitter.com/RrFC5y04ih

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Lunch with the FT: Mikhail Khodorkovsky

ft.com — Given what he has lived through, Mikhail Khodorkovsky can perhaps be forgiven a few indulgences. One of those is a good steak. "We didn't get meat very often in prison," he tells me as we take a window table amid the dark wood and leather-studded
Dec 20, 2014

RT @NeilRBuckley: "Putin feared I'd organise a revolution. I didn’t have that idea then. I do now." My @FT Lunch w Mikhail Khodorkovsky on.ft.com/1sOEpMR

Dec 19, 2014

RT @NeilRBuckley: "Putin feared I'd organise a revolution. I didn’t have that idea then. I do now." My @FT Lunch w Mikhail Khodorkovsky on.ft.com/1sOEpMR

Dec 19, 2014

Putin can't stay in power forever: Mikhail Khodorkovsky has lunch with the @FT's @NeilRBuckley: on.ft.com/1zEB0iW

Dec 19, 2014

Lunch with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who seems more of a revolutionary after jail than before it: ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c… @FT

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Refugees in America

ft.com — Every year, the International Rescue Committee, a charity sponsored in this year's seasonal appeal, resettles 10,000 people in the US. Parkview Gardens, a housing estate in Maryland, is home to a special community - half of its 600 apartments are rented by refugees. Here are a few of their stories.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @sdonnan: Refugees in America. Great work by @christinespolar & @FT snapper Charlie Bibby for our Seasonal Appeal for @theIRC. http://t.…

Dec 19, 2014

Refugees in America. Great work by @christinespolar & @FT snapper Charlie Bibby for our Seasonal Appeal for @theIRC. ft.com/ig/sites/2014/…

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Isis morale falls as momentum slows and casualties mount

ft.com — Flagging morale, desertion and factionalism are starting to affect the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, testing the cohesion of the jihadi force as its military momentum slows. Activists and fighters in parts of eastern Syria
Dec 19, 2014

-- Isis morale falls as momentum slows and casualties mount - ft.com/cms/s/0/f1705f…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @borzou: Important: ISIS morale falls as momentum slows & casualties mount. By @FT's @ErikaSolomon on.ft.com/13kWXIg http://t.co/OF…

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Richard Desmond explores sale of Daily Express

ft.com — Richard Desmond is exploring a sale of the Daily Express, in what would amount to the biggest British newspaper deal for a decade. The cigar-smoking billionaire has asked his long-term advisers Barclays to sound out buyers for the title, two people
Dec 20, 2014

Scoop - Richard Desmond is looking to sell the Daily Express, shortly after backing UKIP ft.com/cms/s/0/cbdb6c…

Dec 19, 2014

Scoop via @henrymance: Richard Desmond has hired advisors to explore a sale of UK newspaper Daily Express...ft.com/cms/s/0/cbdb6c…

Mikhail Khodorkovsky offers himself as Russia’s ‘crisis manager’

ft.com — Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oligarch who became Russia's most famous political prisoner, is proposing himself as a "crisis manager" to bring real democracy to the country if President Vladimir Putin leaves office. In a Lunch with the FT
Dec 19, 2014

If I was betting on anyone in the mix today to be next president of #Russia, it would be Khodorkovsky: ft.com/cms/s/0/5e6ca5…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @NeilRBuckley: Mikhail Khodorkovsky proposes himself as "crisis manager" for Russia. News story from my Lunch with @FT on.ft.com/1r73W2F

Dec 19, 2014

Asked at a press conference on Thurs if Khodorkovsky could become president, Putin quipped: “Of which country?” ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @jason_corcoran: Any day now.. "@TomFairless: Khodorkovsky says he's ready to step in as Russia's interim leader if Putin leaves on.ft.com/1r73W2F"

Dec 19, 2014

Any day now.. "@TomFairless: Khodorkovsky says he's ready to step in as Russia's interim leader if Putin leaves on.ft.com/1r73W2F"

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US private equity beaten by Russell Brand

ft.com — A US private equity firm has admitted defeat in its attempt to redevelop an estate in east London and sold it to a social housing foundation after an 18-month battle that highlighted the shortage of affordable homes in the capital. The battle

What does Elizabeth Warren want?

ft.com — More than five years after the financial crisis ended, a band of progressive activists gathered outside Citigroup's New York headquarters this week, calling for the US bank to be broken up. They stood outside in the cold to protest not about Wall
Dec 19, 2014

If the comments on this article are anything to go by, Hillary better watch out... #FT readers heart @SenWarren ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @FT: Very few people in Washington have the clout that senator Elizabeth Warren has right now on.ft.com/1wKUcM1 pic.twitter.com/B2xKXhGLWS

Belarus slaps 30% tax on foreign currency purchases

ft.com — Belarus has imposed a 30 per cent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 per cent as the ripples of this week's Russian market turmoil began to be felt in other former Soviet countries. The Belarusian central bank
Dec 19, 2014

RT @GuyChazan: Belarus doubles interest rates to 50 per cent as Russia's rouble crisis spreads across the FSU on.ft.com/13IOzU0

Dec 19, 2014

Belarus doubles interest rates to 50 per cent as Russia's rouble crisis spreads across the FSU on.ft.com/13IOzU0

Dec 19, 2014

Belarus charges 30% tax on foreign currency purchases, doubles rates to 50%, as Russian #rouble crisis spreads: ft.com/cms/s/0/254fcd… @FT

Dec 19, 2014

RT @aliceemross: Belarus taxes foreign currency purchases as Russian crisis spreads to neighbouring countries ft.com/cms/s/0/254fcd…

Dec 19, 2014

Belarus taxes foreign currency purchases as Russian crisis spreads to neighbouring countries ft.com/cms/s/0/254fcd…

Unilever withdraws case against Hampton Creek

ft.com — Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hampton Creek, whose egg-free "Just Mayo" spread it had alleged was misleading consumers. The world's leading producer of food spreads sued three-year-old Hampton Creek last month, saying that the start-up's allegedly false advertising claims about were harming sales of its rival brand Hellman's, writes the FT's Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco.

William Salomon, bond trading pioneer, 1914-2014

ft.com — William Salomon was born into the family business and started work as a teenager due to a romantic entanglement. His father Percy, one of the three siblings who had founded Salomon Brothers in 1910, insisted on his son having a job if he wanted to
Dec 20, 2014

All for one and one for all - my FT obituary of Billy Salomon and Salomon Brothers on.ft.com/1JwemPs

Wanda frontrunner for Infront Media deal

ft.com — Dalian Wanda has emerged as the frontrunner in the auction for Infront Media, the Swiss sports marketing company run by the nephew of embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter, according to people familiar with the matter. Wanda, the Dalian-based
Dec 20, 2014

RT @ArashMassoudi: Scoop w/ @Chassnews and @gabewildau: Dalian Wanda frontrunner for €1bn Infront Media deal, on.ft.com/1zeoLvW

Dec 19, 2014

Scoop w/ @Chassnews and @gabewildau: Dalian Wanda frontrunner for €1bn Infront Media deal, on.ft.com/1zeoLvW

Bulls, bears and dodos

video.ft.com — Andrew Lo of MIT Sloan business school talks to John Authers about his theory applying Darwinian evolution to investment and markets. He suggests our aversion to risk is biological, and driven by the behaviour that allowed humans to avoid extinction. His ideas have profound implications for markets.
Dec 19, 2014

Bulls, bears and dodos - my interview with MIT's Andrew Lo. How Darwin helps us explain risk aversion. video.ft.com/3951492927001/… via @ftvideo

The business of being Ed Sheeran

ft.com — My goal is to have the Christmas number one album," says Ed Sheeran. "I'm going to do it. I'm going to make sure it happens. I've done everything. I've even gone into the HMV offices and played to their people so they give us better positioning in

What if we abolished Christmas?

ft.com — In 1939, Lew Hahn, the head of the Retail Dry Goods Association in the US, noticed something that gave him cause for concern: Thanksgiving would fall on November 30 that year, the latest possible date. Since it was thought poor form to start hawking

FT Seasonal Appeal: how refugees helped by the International Rescue Committee rebuild their lives in the US

ft.com — There is something reassuring about Parkview Gardens Apartments, with its sturdy red-brick buildings, neat carparks and leafy little playgrounds that fill with children as yellow school buses come and go. It is a picture of a quiet American suburb, caught in the glow of a late autumn day.

Amy Pascal: A studio boss caught in real-life thriller

ft.com — From Senate intelligence committee rebukes over factual inaccuracies in the film Zero Dark Thirty to stinging criticism from one of America's leading activist investors, Amy Pascal has weathered big crises in recent years. But nothing comes close to
Dec 19, 2014

Her contract is up in March. After the month she's had will Amy Pascal want to stay with Sony? on.ft.com/1CacqKc pic.twitter.com/Dn3sKlMGTj

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MattGarrahan: After being hit by the most devastating cyber terror attack, what's next for Amy Pascal? on.ft.com/1CacqKc pic.twitter.com/gos4kGBNaw

Dec 19, 2014

After being hit by the most devastating cyber terror attack, what's next for Amy Pascal? on.ft.com/1CacqKc pic.twitter.com/gos4kGBNaw

Former owner eyes SpiceJet rescue

ft.com — Hopes for the survival of India's SpiceJet, the cash-strapped private carrier, soared on Friday amid reports that one of the airline's original founders is planning a rescue bid, backed by foreign banks. Ajay Singh, a former director who founded the

The dodo, shifting conditions and investor survival

ft.com — When trying to understand how the market is working, we should think not only of bulls and bears, but also of dodos. Our aversion to risk comes from the deep biological imperatives that have allowed humans to avoid extinction. Any theory of markets
Dec 19, 2014

The dodo, shifting conditions and investor survival - Andrew Lo's ideas on natural selection in markets. Long View: on.ft.com/1zFYa8M