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The Connected Business provides comment, news and analysis from across the FT about IT and how it is affecting the world of business. The latest print edition can be downloaded here.

View: China’s banks face disruption

Increasing online competition in the financal sector is shaking up traditionally staid business models around the world

Dr Ioannis Ieropoulos, a professor at UWE Bristol, is principal investigator on the “urine-tricity” project

Eco project takes urine seriously

Scheme funded by the Gates Foundation to provide ‘green’ phone-recharging could have wider uses

Inside Tech

Maija Palmer
Tech companies must get better at communicating
IT and retail

Competition in retail space heats up

Traditional retailers warm to technology as the sci-fi idea of robots helping us choose products becomes reality

Apps bring web shopping to life

Outlets turning to augmented reality in an effort to win more customers

Five ways to keep cyber crime at bay

Retailers’ boards need to focus on security

Rodney Joffe for Neustar, Inc., photographed at Neustar's corporate offices in Sterling, VA, 10 December 2009.

Cyber attacks can cost retailers dear

Your company has probably been hacked

Youth and experience: younger people can help older managers appreciate the benefits of technology
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Managers must become IT-savvy

New technologies demand a new breed of executive

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ACROSS THE FT

Startups take advantage of wave of government and venture funding to encourage small businesses

Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba which recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange, reacts at the opening ceremony of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on November 19, 2014. China, which censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, opened the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen with the country's biggest Internet companies in attendance alongside a sprinkling of foreign executives and officials. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE [IN_PRODUCTION] [Verrouillé] 12:57-19/11/2014 Wuzhen SHA ECO,POL ©AFP

Alibaba founder says his site provides buyers with tools to see genuine articles

Public need to trust online reviews

Sales may be lost if buyers lack faith in customers’ posts on websites

Employees watch the live broadcast of transactions during its ‘Singles’ Day’ shopping promotion at Alibaba Headquarters on November 11 2013 in Hangzhou, China. Singles’ Day has become China’s Cyber Monday. The sales volume on Tmall.com and Taobao.com, the China’s biggest online shopping sites of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, reached 19.1 billion yuan (3.13 billion U.S. dollars) at noon, equaling last year’s overall daily sales.
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Alibaba aims for ‘Singles’ day’ record

Student-created event has caught on in China as ‘etailers’ vie to over rights to internet shopping spree

Chimp app aims to help beat addictions

NHS may prescribe computer games to patients in effort to retrain their brains

Mobile sector faces spectrum shortfall

More bandwidth is needed if the industry is to thrive, says GSMA’s director-general

Is it ‘game over’ for texting?

Business-to-customer communications may save the SMS from a terminal decline

Technology and the supply chain

Supply chain helps to boost innovation

The growing expectations of customers in the digital era are presenting challenges for technology developers

Integration of systems drives speed while reducing cost

Cloud-based networks can identify and remedy problems at source

Internet of things is ready to deliver

Wearables will refine the technology further

Disruptive technologies wait in the wings

Drones and 3D printing may have great potential

Clever tool improves stock control

Programs apply what they learn to make predictions

IT and the trade in conflict minerals

An industry is growing around the audit process

Hackers use suppliers to gain access

Cyber criminals are developing increasingly sophisticated techniques to breach company firewalls

FT-Bowen Craggs Index 2014

FT-BC Index: US companies miss top slots

A striking feature of FT-Bowen Craggs Index is best performers are almost all European

FT-Bowen Craggs Index 2014: Overview

This year’s ranking of just how effective corporations are at managing their online presence

FT-BC Index: Treasures and grumbles

Some companies get their websites very right in some areas, but very wrong in others

FT-BC Index: Social media and mobile

There are still too many groups with uncoordinated communication channels

Focus on financial services

Banks’ fear of online competitors rises

Survey finds financial world is in concerned about digital companies such as Amazon and Google

Doing capitalism in the digital age

For the past two centuries the capitalist engine has delivered growing incomes for the many, but the latest revolution has mainly boosted skilled high-income workers

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