Google’s tactics are Microsoft light

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The strategy — how to advance without appearing to attack — is a masterpiece of craftiness

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Investors and the Bolloré game of thrones

The French media mogul’s approach to corporate governance makes Rupert Murdoch look like a saint

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Disneyland princes are under a curse

No one seemed to believe King Bob but he really did want to find a successor to the magic kingdom

Andy Grove’s Silicon Valley state of mind

‘Never relax, never stop evolving. Around the corner, someone is coming for you’

McKinsey’s fingerprints are all over Valeant

Pearson as chief executive brought a consultant’s clinical eye to the pharma industry

Robots are better investors than people

The greatest danger lies not in heeding a robo-adviser but in behaving like an emotional human being

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How Gutfreund saw Wall Street’s future

Late chairman of Salomon Brothers ran firm based on risk-taking

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Death and rebirth of the stock exchange

Trading venues have grown in value despite regulatory, technological and competitive disruption

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Relax and let the robot drive you

I prefer a Google-like car driven by a computer to one driven by a human distracted by a phone

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Zuma has betrayed South Africa’s promise

The government must restore confidence that it is a fair country for business

A requiem for Anglo American

A corporate culture skilled at dominating apartheid nation was outmatched by global capital markets

Bridgewater is troubled over transparency

Dalio’s method of running his hedge fund seems weird, which reflects badly on dishonesty elsewhere

Regulators fail to block fraudulent ads

The usual suspects in banking would be thrilled to be treated as leniently as those in marketing

Alphabet and Apple spell global tax war

A fiscal system formed under the League of Nations in 1928 is about to fracture and fall apart

Tech start-ups need to grow faster

Clusters of enterprises abound but too few expand enough to become the next Facebook

Food and beer makers on a dangerous diet

It would be odd to abandon the hope of creating premium products

The stateless company plays a risky game

Fly-by-night businesses that choose the most convenient home for tax will provoke a backlash

Scrooge’s activist letter to Santa Claus

Jingle bells, rides in one-horse open sleighs, eggnog cocktails: Oh, what fun you have with my money

The mogul’s guide to being a press baron

Jack Ma of Alibaba should take a lesson in being a news publisher from Jeff Bezos, his Amazon rival

Beijing’s smog is a symptom of corruption

China can no longer ignore the fact that citizens wear face masks to avoid inhaling poisonous dust


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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