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Episode 86: The power of brands in the mass communication landscape

Date: 22 Apr 2014
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Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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French economist's book on inequality tops Amazon list

WASHINGTON, USA: French Economist Thomas Piketty's book on income inequality rose to the top of online retailer Amazon's best sellers.

23 Apr 2014 08:11


IBM hammered on earnings slump

WASHINGTON, USA: IBM reported a 21% slump in first quarter earnings, as the computer company saw weaker hardware sales and focused more on services and the Internet cloud.

22 Apr 2014 10:04


Zynga seeks to harvest players with mobile FarmVille game

SAN FRANCISCO - Social games company Zynga released a version of the hit "FarmVille" game tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of new players.

22 Apr 2014 08:26


GM seeks court protection from ignition lawsuits

NEW YORK, USA: General Motors (GM) plans to ask a bankruptcy court to rule that it is protected from lawsuits arising from faulty ignitions tied to 13 deaths and numerous crashes.

17 Apr 2014 07:42


Yahoo sees signs of growth in core business

NEW YORK, USA: Yahoo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit with the results showing growth in the Web company's "core" business according to Chief Executive Marissa Mayer

16 Apr 2014 08:28


Google buys drone for its stable

NEW YORK, USA: Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas.

15 Apr 2014 09:24


HP pays US$108m in US to settle bribery probes

WASHINGTON, USA: US computer giant Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay US$108m to settle investigations that it paid bribes to win public contracts in Russia, Poland and Mexico, officials said on Wednesday (9 April).

10 Apr 2014 09:14


Weibo seeks to raise at least US$340m in US IPO

NEW YORK, USA: The microblogging service Weibo - often described as China's version of Twitter - will raise at least US$340m in its US stock offering according to figures released over the weekend.

7 Apr 2014 08:58


GM boss 'deeply sorry' after deadly crashes

WASHINGTON, USA: Conceding company officials knew of their cars' potentially deadly ignition switches for years, GM chief Mary Barra apologised on Tuesday (2 April) and said the car manufacturer had a "civic responsibility" to make things right.

3 Apr 2014 09:08


US manufacturing activity picks up in March

WASHINGTON, USA: US manufacturing activity gained pace in March helped by a pickup in new orders and a rebound in production, the Institute for Supply Management said.

2 Apr 2014 09:09


Intel buys stake in Cloudera

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: In a sign of the growing importance of the Internet "cloud," software group Cloudera said it raised a whopping US$900m to expand its large corporate data services.

1 Apr 2014 08:04


Microsoft's Nadella crows over iPad Office release

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Microsoft chief Satya Nadella took to Twitter to crow as Office software tailored for iPads soared to the top of the charts at Apple's online App Store.

31 Mar 2014 06:57


Cybercrime is part of online economy says study

WASHINGTON, USA: The dark world of cybercrime has evolved from one of rogue individuals to a functioning market-based economy with its ups and downs, code of conduct and "innovation".

26 Mar 2014 06:53


GM recalls another 1.8m cars amid safety probe

CHICAGO, USA: General Motors announced its second massive recall in two months as it works to contain a growing scandal over the safety of its vehicles.

18 Mar 2014 09:07


SoftBank woos US, with T-Mobile in view

WASHINGTON, USA: SoftBank, eyeing a tie-up of its US wireless unit Sprint with T-Mobile, stepped up its campaign on Tuesday, claiming it could boost competition for Americans as it did in Japan.

18 Mar 2014 08:50


AT&T wins clearance to buy Leap Wireless

WASHINGTON - US regulators conditionally cleared AT&T's US$4bn deal for Leap Wireless, which gives the telecommunications company more spectrum and the Cricket prepaid phone franchise.

17 Mar 2014 07:08


Japan's Sprint owner eyes US telecom price war

WASHINGTON, USA: - The Japanese owner of US mobile carrier Sprint said on Monday, 10 March, that he wanted to launch a "price war" with the two major carriers as he seeks to acquire T-Mobile's US unit.

12 Mar 2014 08:16


Brutal winter weather freezes US car sales

CHICAGO, USA: Brutal winter weather chilled US car sales in February, with General Motors and Ford reporting losses even as rival Chrysler extended a winning streak.

4 Mar 2014 08:29


Four mistakes to avoid when buying property overseas

There comes a point when many of those who love to travel - especially those who travel frequently to the same beloved spot - begin to daydream about carving out a little piece of paradise for their very own.

By Einat Mazafi 26 Feb 2014 11:38


WhatsApp - a booming message service

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: WhatsApp was launched five years ago as a shot at doing to text messaging what Skype had done to telephone calls.

21 Feb 2014 09:46


Facebook bets big on mobile with USD19bn WhatsApp deal

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Facebook is betting US$19bn on smartphone messaging service WhatsApp, having agreed to buy the firm in an eye-popping cash-and-stock deal.

20 Feb 2014 09:09


Disappointing sales, weak outlook hit Coca-Cola

NEW YORK, USA: Soft-drink manufacturer Coca-Cola reported a dip in fourth-quarter profits after lower-than-expected sales while its outlook for the rest of this year has disappointed analysts.

19 Feb 2014 10:31


Sound-based login startup joins Google technology group

SAN FRANCISCO , USA: An Israel-based startup specialising in using sounds instead of passwords for logging in said it has been bought by Google.

18 Feb 2014 08:07


Icahn steps back from battle with Apple

NEW YORK, USA: Activist investor Carl Icahn said on Monday, 10 February, he would no longer press Apple to boost its share buyback plan after a proxy advisory firm recommended against his proposal.

11 Feb 2014 09:38


Twitter's wings clipped by weak user growth

NEW YORK, USA: Twitter shares took a nosedive last week after the company's first earnings report shook up investors expecting strong growth at the messaging platform.

10 Feb 2014 06:36


Verizon buys Intel's fledgling TV operations

NEW YORK, USA: Verizon said it would buying Intel Media, a unit of the chipmaking company that delivers movies and more to televisions sets via the Internet cloud, for an undisclosed price.

22 Jan 2014 08:04


Intel to cut staff in face of stagnant earnings

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: US chip manufacturer Intel said it will trim its workforce by five percent this year as it shifts from personal computers to powering mobile gadgets.

21 Jan 2014 08:11


Google buys Nest for US$3.2bn

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google announced that it is buying a smart thermostat start-up Nest in a deal valued at US$3.2bn.

14 Jan 2014 07:15


Blackstone to invest US$200m in Crocs shoes

NEW YORK, USA: Crocs Inc announced that the Blackstone Group is making a $200m investment that will give it preferred stock and a 13% stake in the US-based shoe company.

31 Dec 2013 07:35


Zuckerberg sells shares to pay tax

NEW YORK, USA: Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will sell a chunk of his stake in the company, cashing in some US$2.3bn, as part of a new share offering by the huge social network.

20 Dec 2013 06:50

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