Publishers are in peril from annoying ads

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Sale of Business Insider shows the challenge facing anyone that relies on digital advertising

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Volkswagen’s deception is a warning to everyone

Suddenly, behaviour that was common practice is judged to be improper and possibly illegal

VW emissions scandal is reality’s revenge

Unless carmaker can defend charge of deliberate deception its reputation will be badly damaged

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Symphony is a real challenge to Bloomberg

It is the virtual equivalent of the old stock exchange, a gathering place for everyone in the business

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Glencore has a mogul in denial

Glasenberg is having to retrench at the time when he should be able to snap up mining bargains

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China should welcome its short sellers

Foreign hedge funds are convenient villains in a financial crisis

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Alphabet can create a clever conglomerate

Big companies outperform when they exploit their advantages

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‘Gig’ economy spells end to lifetime career

Employees recast as contractors, vendors and temporary workers

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Robots can kill but they do not understand us

Despite rapid advances in machine learning, androids remain a distant prospect

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The pink paper has embraced the digital maelstrom

Business publications have the advantage that readers will subscribe to financial information

Japan will gain from Toshiba’s humiliation

The slow, bumpy, but inexorable progress in corporate reform offers investors an opportunity

Nintendo wizards put magic in video games

Iwata and Miyamoto expanded the hobby of teenagers into family-oriented fun

Cities are hard to see through skyscrapers

Architectural expressions of individuality make global metropolises look more like each other

Berlin Philharmonic finds harmony in democracy

The orchestra is a beacon in a world where mutuals often transform into for-profit companies

The messaging system with little left to say

After two decades of indiscretions, digital trails and bulging inboxes, emailers are picking up Slack

Lenders of the revolution look familiar

Goldman Sachs, hedge funds and investment trusts muscle into online consumer lending

Luxury goods face a global reckoning

The China crackdown shows what can occur suddenly to conspicuous consumption

Deutsche, stuck in middle of global finance

Jain and Fitschen personified the muddled sense of identity at the heart of the company

The unhealthily high price of cancer drugs

Companies take advantage of inflexible patient demand to try to recoup research costs

Apple’s Ive is tired of designing everything

Some regard Sir Jonathan as the group’s most powerful executive, thanks to his partnership with Jobs


John Gapper John Gapper is associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, appearing on Thursdays on the Comment page, about business trends and strategy. He also contributes leaders and other articles.

He has worked for the FT since 1987, covering labour relations, banking and the media. In 1991-92, he was a Harkness fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, and studied US education and training at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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