Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner threatens TV quality

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

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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

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US banks will pay for failure to modernise

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

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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

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A tabloid requiem has been written

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

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Advertisers have lost a generation

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

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Football disaster that became a champion

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

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Tiananmen split the workers of the world

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

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Only giant publishers can take on Amazon

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

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Credit Suisse chief should go with honour

If a criminal conviction means little more than paying a fine and moving on, it means nothing

Twin departures reveal perils of life as a woman editor

Shake-ups at NY Times and Le Monde reveal tough life for editors

Google ruling shows EU law is an ass

The right to delete does not mean history should be hidden from the collective view

The baffling model of modern art auctions

Dealers do their best to avoid either displaying prices or disclosing what a work is worth

Fight or flight?

Barclays confronts old demons

The need for a ‘bad bank’ harks back to a chastening experience

Tax savings will not make Pfizer stronger

Companies put together for tax reasons – without industrial or cultural logic – will be fragile

Pharma needs research, not cuts

If the entire industry adopted Valeant’s approach, drug discovery would grind to a halt

Executives should not buy nobility on the shareholder’s dime

Respectability and profitability seem to sit together uneasily

Perils of the chief who stays too long

For a talented leader of a large company, seven to 10 years in post is about right

Excitement over a small news story

The latest journalism start-ups reflect a dichotomy at the heart of digital publishing

ABOUT JOHN

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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