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Viewsroom: Samsung’s fiery future

October 13, 2016

Cancelling production of its self-combusting Note 7 smartphone puts the company's reputation as well as $17 bln or more at risk. Cities, businesses and investors are putting Trump and Clinton to shame on climate change. Plus: Brexit politics get shaken up by the pound's decline.

Ericsson’s poor strategy rings in fresh pain

October 12, 2016

The Swedish telecom company's dividend is at risk after third-quarter operating income slumped more than 90 percent. Industry peers are also exposed to falling demand for mobile network kit. But Ericsson has cut costs too slowly and embarked on misguided diversification.

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Viewsroom: Twitter’s takeover meltdown

October 7, 2016

The social network's stalled user and revenue growth is sending shareholders of Salesforce and other potential bidders running for cover. Meanwhile, Yahoo's email scans for U.S. authorities have rattled buyer Verizon. Plus: Is John Stumpf's time as Wells Fargo CEO nearing an end?

Activist attack gives Samsung cover to restructure

October 6, 2016

Activist fund Elliott is picking on the South Korean group again. This time it wants Samsung Electronics to split in two and pay a special dividend. Yet the proposal would also strengthen the ruling Lee family's control. Samsung may actually gain by cooperating with Elliott.

China ties can help Hong Kong catch up in fintech

September 30, 2016

The city is playing catch-up with Singapore in financial technology. But as a gateway to mainland China, Hong Kong has two big advantages: easy access to a huge market, and proximity to tech giants Alibaba and Tencent. Those benefits should help it close the gap.

India lays foundation for a fintech revolution

September 14, 2016

A new payments platform, tied to biometric identity data, will hasten the move to a cashless economy. The open system sets India's fintech infrastructure apart from China or the U.S. That's great news for consumers and entrepreneurs, less so for big banks and mobile wallet firms.

Samsung’s handset fires singe its brand

September 12, 2016

The tech giant is speeding up a recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones, after reports of fires and explosions, while airlines have banned in-air use. Samsung shares have fallen sharply. The immediate financial hit looks manageable but the reputational damage could be worse.

Apple’s new iPhone is about eyes more than ears

September 7, 2016

Removal of the headphone jack has created most of the buzz. That and other new features in the latest iteration are enough to sell plenty of upgrades. A new camera, however, hints at Apple's ambitions in virtual and augmented reality, which could be the bigger temptation.

Europe may end up behind the curve on 5G internet

September 1, 2016

Telecom companies claim the EU's new open-internet guidelines disadvantage them relative to U.S. and Chinese players. They're right that Europe may slip behind in the race for superfast internet, but net neutrality isn't the real enemy. Blame a highly fragmented market instead.

EU offers vitamin pill to dying media patient

August 26, 2016

Brussels wants to give media the right to seek compensation from search engines like Google that use online content. The intention is laudable - some publishers may be losing out. But the proposal has similarities with schemes in Germany and Spain - which haven’t worked.