Alphabet boosted by mobile advertising

Fastest growth in two years as shift to smartphones accelerates

Oracle’s NetSuite bid hands Ellison $3.5bn

US business software group to expand cloud computing operations

Russia-China exercises in South China Sea

Move could worsen tensions after loss of court ruling by Beijing

Last-minute bid to rescue Monte dei Paschi

Ex-minister and UBS team up as stress test results loom

Campaign against Clinton moves to Moscow

Russian rightwinger’s stunt adds to suspicions of Kremlin meddling

US oil in bear market: 5 things to watch

Crude oil’s quiet slide from its 2016 high sharpens questions about the outlook

MasterCard and PayPal in alliance talks

‘Constructive dialogue’ follows online payment group’s Visa deal

ECB official allays cash hoarding fears

Cœuré says negative rates will not spark customer withdrawals

Mao relative takes Sotheby’s stake

Taikang Life pays $230m for 13.5% holding in auction house

Merkel vows to keep door open to refugees

Chancellor resists pressure to change policy and tightens security

Erdogan’s purge extends to stock analyst

Providers of analysis lacking state approval swept in wave of repression

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says he is seeing some powerful uses of search on its service
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Facebook evolution fuels Wall St euphoria

Social networking group cautions that growth rate will slow

Jihadi detail policy sparks debate in France

Change in terror reporting policy prompts questions over media’s role

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Hong Kong buyers in ‘wait-and-see’ mode

Prices are falling, sales are stalling, but could this be the right time to buy a home in the territory?

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