Vietnam’s biggest telco wants to acquire KakaoTalk for $5 billion

Vietnam’s biggest telco wants to acquire KakaoTalk for $5 billion

February 6, 2014

by Anh-Minh Do

According to an article in VNExpress today, the vice president of Viettel, Vietnam’s biggest telco, wants to acquire Korea-based messaging app KakaoTalk for $5 billion. Read more of this post

A different Bill Gates is returning to Microsoft

A different Bill Gates is returning to Microsoft

World | Nick Wingfield, The New York Times | Updated: February 06, 2014 20:14 IST

Seattle:  The last time Bill Gates played an active role at Microsoft, as chief software architect, he witnessed the company muffing its earliest efforts to become a major player in search, smartphones and tablet computers.  Read more of this post

Six Steps To Salvaging An Unproductive Day

Six Steps To Salvaging An Unproductive Day

LISA EVANSENTREPRENEUR
FEB. 5, 2014, 10:27 PM 2,748

We’ve all had those days when we have a million things to do, but can’t seem to get ahead on any of them. Not only do unproductive days detract from your business’ success, it can also have an effect on your well-being, affecting your mood and stress levels. While simply throwing in the towel, heading home and returning to the office refreshed the next day may seem an attractive option, there’s still a chance to turn around your day and boost your productivity. Read more of this post

Why South Korea Will Be The Next Global Hub For Tech Startups

 2/06/2014 @ 12:35PM 2,343 views

Why South Korea Will Be The Next Global Hub For Tech Startups

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American business has long led the way in high tech density or the proportion of businesses that engage in activities such as Internet software and services, hardware and semiconductors. The US is fertile ground for tech start-ups with access to capital and a culture that celebrates risk taking. Other countries have made their mark on the world stage, competing to be prominent tech and innovation hubs. Israel has been lauded as a start-up nation with several hundred companies getting funded by venture capital each year. A number of these companies are now being acquired by the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google. Finland and Sweden have attracted notice by bringing us Angry Birds and Spotify among others. But a new start-up powerhouse is on the horizon – South Korea. Read more of this post

Why Coca-Cola invested in Keurig

Why Coca-Cola invested in Keurig

By Beth Kowitt, Writer February 6, 2014: 11:40 AM ET

A billion-dollar stake? Believe it. We get the details from Green Mountain CEO (and former Coca-Cola executive) Brian Kelley.

FORTUNE — Eyes rolled when Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), best known for its single-serve pod Keurig brewing machine, first announced at its September investor day that it was building a system for cold beverages. Read more of this post

How 2014’s upbeat story turned into a scary thriller

Last updated: February 6, 2014 5:57 pm

How 2014’s upbeat story turned into a scary thriller

By Ralph Atkins

It is China that markets are now watching closest, writes Ralph Atkins

The story seemed so simple at the start of the year. Shares were rallying on optimism about a world economic recovery; US and German bond yields were widely expected to edge higher as the Federal Reserve tapered its asset purchases, or quantitative easing. Investors positioned accordingly. Read more of this post

A Catalog of Cancer Genes That’s Done, or Just a Start; As the Cancer Genome Atlas project, started in 2005, comes to an end, scientists are debating where cancer research should go next

A Catalog of Cancer Genes That’s Done, or Just a Start

FEB. 6, 2014

Carl Zimmer

Cancer is a disease of genes gone wrong. When certain genes mutate, they make cells behave in odd ways. The cells divide swiftly, they hide from the immune systemthat could kill them and they gain the nourishment they need to develop into tumors. Read more of this post

HP and Autonomy: a parable on due diligence

February 7, 2014 8:14 am

HP and Autonomy: a parable on due diligence

By Neil Collins

Autonomy’s technology allows computers to harness the full richness of human information, forming a conceptual and contextual understanding of any piece ofelectronic data”. Thus read a footnote to one of the company’s constant light drizzle of petty announcements in 2011 when it was a listed company, this one for an order from an un-named US bank worth $50m “over the next few years.” Read more of this post

Google buys 6% stake in Chinese PC maker Lenovo

7 February 2014 Last updated at 07:06

Google buys 6% stake in Chinese PC maker Lenovo

Google bought a near 6% stake in Lenovo for $750m (£459m), just a day after selling handset-maker Motorola Mobility to the Chinese PC maker.

According to a stock exchange filing, Google acquired 618.3 million Lenovo shares at $1.21 each on 30 January.

Last month, Lenovo spent a combined $5bn on buying Motorola Mobility and IBM’s low-end server business – the two biggest deals in the company’s history. Read more of this post

With a bit of luck, you didn’t invest in Fine Wine’s Bordeaux Fund. Launched in 2008, it’s to be wound up, and £100 invested then will turn into about £42. We’re constantly being told that wine is one of those wonderful alt asset classe

February 7, 2014 8:14 am

A fine whine

By Neil Collins

With a bit of luck, you didn’t invest in Fine Wine’s Bordeaux Fund. Launched in 2008, it’s to be wound up, and £100 invested then will turn into about £42. We’re constantly being told that wine is one of those wonderful alternative asset classes which have made returns from shares look pedestrian, so this sort of performance is something of a shock. Read more of this post

Norway: Cruise control; There are fears that the country’s reliance on oil wealth is threatening its growth prospects

February 6, 2014 8:23 pm

Norway: Cruise control

By Richard Milne

There are fears that the country’s reliance on oil wealth is threatening its growth prospects

On a wintry Thursday afternoon, just before 3pm, a family car laden with ski gearpulls into a Statoil petrol station just west of Oslo’s city centre. Paal, his wife and two children are off to their winter hut for a long weekend, returning on Monday. “This is our third trip this winter – it’s great to get a bit of extra time off,” he says. Read more of this post

S Korea’s elderly left behind by speed of change

February 7, 2014 6:32 am

S Korea’s elderly left behind by speed of change

By Simon Mundy in Guryong, South Korea

As she shuffles down the snow-dusted lanes beside her home, 81-year-old Hwang Sam-bun can easily gaze over at the gleaming Tower Palace, an opulent apartment block in Seoul’s upmarket Gangnam district. Read more of this post

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