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What the UK should learn from Jardines

What the UK should learn from Jardines
27th March 2014

Along with its results on 6-Mar-2014, the Jardine group of 5 companies announced proposed downgrades to their UK listing status, which will reduce minority shareholder rights and governance standards. And guess what? The controlling shareholders can vote to approve this, so minorities have very little say in the matter, except in one case. Read more of this post

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Consortium Wants Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

Consortium Wants Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

By QUENTIN HARDY

MARCH 27, 2014, 9:00 AM  1 Comments

Attention: Internet of Things. For better or worse, big boys are in the room.

A consortium of industrial giants, including AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel said on Thursday that they would cooperate to create engineering standards to connect objects, sensors and large computing systems in some of the world’s largest industrial assets, like oil refineries, factories or harbors. The White House and other United States governmental entities were also involved in the creation of the group, which is expected to enroll other large American and foreign businesses. Read more of this post

Creator of a Virtual Reality Sensation

Creator of a Virtual Reality Sensation

By JENNA WORTHAM

MARCH 26, 2014

Palmer Luckey, a baby-faced 21-year-old college dropout, figured out how to build a virtual reality headset so exciting that it became a sensation on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site, raising a staggering $2.4 million in 30 days. Read more of this post

When retailers compete with … themselves: Walgreens edition

When retailers compete with … themselves: Walgreens edition

By Claire Zillman, reporter March 26, 2014: 5:58 PM ET

As the drug store chain plans to shutter 76 locations, some of which are very close to other Walgreens locations, it’s worth asking, why were these stores opened in the first place? Read more of this post

In praise of small ideas: Big, transformative strategies create buzz, but a new book contends the real money is in the everyday stuff that most companies overlook

In praise of small ideas

By Anne Fisher, contributor March 27, 2014: 5:00 AM ET

Big, transformative strategies create buzz, but a new book contends the real money is in the everyday stuff that most companies overlook. Read more of this post

The unscaling myth

The unscaling myth

Izabella Kaminska | Mar 27 15:05 | Comment Share

Part of the GROSS DOMESTIC COLLABORATION SERIES

Unscaling is made possible by the number of Internet-based platforms and cloud-based services and tools now available to startups and small businesses in general. New companies can now be launched without a massive investment in personnel and IT infrastructure. They can quickly get to market, and compete effectively with far larger companies. Mobile Internet platforms, in particular, make it easier and cheaper to experiment in the marketplace. While most such experiments will likely fail, some, like Airbnb, will succeed and can then quickly scale up their capabilities as their businesses grow. Read more of this post

Trying to assess Oculus Rift as Facebook’s future ad platform is meaningless

Trying to assess Oculus Rift as Facebook’s future ad platform is meaningless

BY JAMES ROBINSON 
ON MARCH 26, 2014

As we all wake up with the lingering realization that yes, yesterday Facebook actually did buy Oculus Rift for $2bn, and it wasn’t all some weird fever-dream, the attention as it always does has turned to why. Read more of this post

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