Television prepares to loosen up

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Most people prefer choices to be made for them, as long as they are getting a bargain

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Technology will not kill the banks

Silicon Valley does not want a new financial system, but rather to ride on the existing one

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Pimco shows stars are not really solo artists

Bill Gross’s old firm is shifting from the cult of one personality toward several smaller ones

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Tech’s tax defence is washing away

The OECD is making faster progress towards fixing the gaps in the system

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Hubris has set Tesco on a perilous course

Highly successful companies often contain the seeds of their own destruction

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Scotland needs bravery to build strong banks

The mechanisms the country will need as an independent entity take courage and a lot of time

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Jealousy is no reason to tie down Google

Europe’s Lilliputians should not bind Gulliver simply because the tech giant is bigger than them

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Keeping a founder in charge, rather than appointing a CEO, is more fashionable today

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German taxis should not triumph over Uber

The problem is not that cabs are endangered but overly protected

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A chance to turn on, tune in and pay out

Festivals have become big business, while being a respite from the capitalist world

Ecclestone earns his final chance

The Formula One supremo did not regard the $44m payment to Gribkowsky as bribe but bargain

Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner threatens TV quality

The fact that once-dominant cable companies face new online and digital competition is good

The price of aerospace innovation is too high

The Wright Brothers were not motivated by a desire to save fuel when they took to the skies

US banks will pay for failure to modernise

A country that often leads in consumer technology lags far behind in payments systems

We are the product Facebook is testing

Making all users agree to a catch-all list that does not provide a clear, specific description of a study fails the consent standard

A tabloid requiem has been written

They had to express readers’ thoughts more strongly than the readers could themselves

Advertisers have lost a generation

Millennials are as likely to tweet angrily about a brand as notice its ads

Football disaster that became a champion

Fifa has been a stunning success in spite of flaws that have been exposed as never before

Tiananmen split the workers of the world

The opening of China through reform and investment has driven a wedge into the proletariat

Only giant publishers can take on Amazon

If it turns publishing into a lossmaking business, the profession of writing will suffer


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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