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    1. August 28, 2015

      ‘The Silo Effect’, by Gillian Tett

      There is no principle more fundamental to the market economy than the division of labour. It is the subject of the very...

    2. August 7, 2015

      Activist investors learn to mind their manners

      It is enough to flummox the most advanced student of stylometry; enough, even, to confound a computer programmed with...

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    1. August 5, 2015

      Sony CFO looks to turn company away from cuts to growth

      For most of the past decade, employees of Sony sweated over where the job axe would fall next as sales declined in...

    2. July 30, 2015

      Sony profits soar on booming demand for image sensors

      Sony saw a threefold increase in its first-quarter profits as booming demand for image sensors used in Apple’s iPhones...

    3. July 28, 2015

      Cyber insecurity: When 95% isn’t good enough

      Two weeks after hackers broke into Sony Pictures’ computer systems, deleting important company files and exposing...

    4. July 16, 2015

      Accounting scandal set to shake up Toshiba

      Anonymous tips about Toshiba’s accounting to Japanese securities watchdogs have ignited a scandal that stretches back...

    5. July 15, 2015

      Nintendo’s wizards put the magic into video games

      About a decade ago, Bobby Kotick, chief executive of the video games company Activision Blizzard, flew to Kyoto to...

    6. June 30, 2015

      Sony: eyes this way

      Toddlers think that if they close their eyes they can’t be seen. Companies, too: they direct the market’s gaze at what...

    7. June 30, 2015

      Sony to raise up to $3.6bn as growth engine revs up

      Sony has outlined plans to raise as much as Y440bn ($3.6bn) via a public share issuance — its first in more than a...

    8. June 26, 2015

      Sony chief Hirai re-elected after year of challenges

      Kazuo Hirai, Sony chief executive, won a solid vote of confidence in his turnround strategy, as shareholders looked...

    9. June 23, 2015

      Hulu deal with Showtime to offer internet video service

      Hulu, the online streaming company, has struck a deal with Showtime to offer the premium cable channel’s new internet...

    10. June 22, 2015

      Japan Inc braces itself for tough annual meetings season

      Japanese companies including Sharp, Sony and Nissan may be in for a rough ride this week as investors emboldened by new...

    11. May 28, 2015

      Three action cameras competing to stay in the picture

      The standalone camera is in danger. With hundreds of millions of us buying a new smartphone every year, the number of...

    12. May 14, 2015

      Sharp warns on ability to stay afloat after $1.9bn loss

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Sharp, a century-old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of...

    13. May 11, 2015

      Sharp: screen test

      Sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. In the case of Sharp this is untrue. And true at the same time....

    14. April 30, 2015

      Sony says it will return to profit for first time in three years

      Sony believes it will bounce back to profit for the first time in three years but the Japanese electronics and...

    15. April 30, 2015

      Amazon and Google join music rights group

      Amazon, Google and Pandora have joined forces with radio stations, restaurants and other music distributors to push...

    16. April 27, 2015

      Former Sony CFO attacks Kazuo Hirai over strategy

      Sony faces the risk of “sinking” if Kazuo Hirai, the Japanese group’s chief executive, continues to steer the company...

    17. April 22, 2015

      Cyber bill’s progress shows shifting mood on threats

      A bill that would push companies into sharing information about hacking threats with the US government passed the House...

    18. April 16, 2015

      WikiLeaks revives Sony’s email discomfort

      WikiLeaks has published online a vast, searchable trove of emails and documents stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment...

    19. April 16, 2015

      Crisis-hit Sony studio sends for rewrite

      Sony management structure Five months after Sony Pictures Entertainment was paralysed by the worst cyber attack yet...

    20. April 13, 2015

      Sony pushes into local language films and TV shows

      Sony Pictures Entertainment is making a new push into some of the world’s fastest growing film and television markets...

    21. April 10, 2015

      Israel: Technologies tackling sophisticated cyber security threats

      At the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv in late March, visitors could observe — alongside the cyber security industry’s...

    22. April 6, 2015

      Japan tech: the sun rises again

      Olympus has fallen. So have Canon, Sharp and various other former giants. Japanese consumer electronics once dominated....

    23. March 23, 2015

      The right sort of help for cyber security insurance

      The danger of cyber crime is no longer an unknown. The roster of companies recently damaged in attacks includes Target,...

    24. March 20, 2015

      Week in Review, March 21

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Sony and Apple target cable ‘cord...

    25. March 18, 2015

      Sony joins fight to woo ‘cord cutters’ with online TV service

      Sony has joined the scramble to capture “cord-cutting” customers who are disillusioned with cable or satellite...

    26. March 17, 2015

      Nintendo’s shift into mobiles powers up shares

      Shares in Nintendo surged more than a fifth on Wednesday after the Japanese games console maker made its biggest move...

    27. March 2, 2015

      Microsoft and Sony fight for smartphone middle ground

      Microsoft and Sony are set to fight for the growing middle ground of the rapidly maturing smartphone sector with...

    28. March 2, 2015

      Developers see the future of games on smaller mobile screens

      When King Digital Entertainment launched its eagerly awaited follow-up to the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga, it...

    29. February 27, 2015

      Technology groups need to get serious about their security

      What goes around comes around. Last week, Lenovo, the world’s largest personal computer manufacturer, admitted it had...

    30. February 27, 2015

      Smartphones search to inspire after devices hit upgrade impasse

      Smartphones in Barcelona The world’s biggest smartphone makers are preparing for the most important week of their year...

    31. February 20, 2015

      Japan Display eyes boost from iPhone boom

      Japan Display is considering building a $1.7bn plant in central Japan with financing from its key client Apple in...

    32. February 18, 2015

      Sony to spin out division behind the Walkman

      First it was PCs, then televisions. Now, Sony is spinning off its Walkmans too. The Japanese electronics group said on...

    33. February 17, 2015

      Apple wins patent for wireless head-mounted display using iPhone

      Apple has been awarded a patent for a headset that slots the iPhone in front of the eyes, sparking speculation that it...

    34. February 15, 2015

      Sony targets self-driving car technology

      A niche product that most consumers will never notice has helped propel Sony’s share price to a near five-year high:...

    35. February 5, 2015

      Sony: getting religion

      Faith: a strong belief based on conviction rather than evidence. Seldom do the faithful reap the kind of earthly...

    36. February 4, 2015

      Sony buoyed by strong PlayStation sales

      Following years of redundancies and a significant pullback from many of its consumer electronics businesses, Sony hopes...

    37. January 29, 2015

      Spotify hires Goldman to raise near $500m

      Spotify has hired Goldman Sachs to raise about $500m, a new round of financing that is expected to value the music...

    38. January 28, 2015

      Sony drops music service in favour of Spotify deal

      Sony has beaten a retreat in music streaming, closing its Music Unlimited service in favour of a distribution deal with...

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