No big deal: Top 20 abandoned corporate takeovers

By Jason Fields
April 24, 2015

When people hear that one company is buying another for however-many billions of dollars, most assume it’s a done deal. The truth is that regulators and shareholders have been know to ax mergers and acquisitions both large and small. Despite the fame of the names involved, Comcast’s $45 billion deal for TimeWarner Cable doesn’t even make it into the top 10 of failed mergers.GLB_ABANDONEDMA0415_SC

As Russia’s Gazprom faces antitrust action, the Baltics bully back

April 22, 2015

Until now, Russia’s control of the gas pipeline that warms much of Europe has given Moscow, at minimum, an implied choke point to lord over Ukraine and its neighbors. That situation escalated this week, when the European Union used antitrust laws to charge the state-controlled Gazprom with price gouging, a move that inspired Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite to declare, ”The era of Kremlin-backed political and economic blackmail draws to a close.” But if the Baltic States have their way, a bid for power independence could flip the script and leave a strategic Russian enclave out in the cold.

Drowned migrants and ‘a failure of compassion’

April 21, 2015

Already, this week’s migrant deaths in the Mediterranean are hard to tally.

The combustible case for e-cigarettes

April 20, 2015

In what Bizarro world could an explosion in teen e-cigarette use be construed as a good thing?

Catching tax cheats with big data, digitizing WWII, Watson’s cookbook and more

April 17, 2015

With taxes (hopefully) in the rear-view mirror, kick back with some light reading suggestions compiled from the week that was.

Feeling the cost of loss in same-sex marriage suits

April 17, 2015

Clients typically have to pay the lawyers they hire, regardless of whether they win or lose in court. But civil rights cases against local and state governments are different. Under a law designed to encourage civil rights action against the government, winners of such cases can petition to recoup costs from the very jurisdiction that they sued. This week Reuters’ Joan Biskupic examined the ethical complexities of this law as it pertains to the spate of same-sex marriage suits in the U.S. in recent years.

The magic math of Steph Curry’s terrific touch

April 16, 2015

It’s difficult to set the sports world abuzz during a practice. We are, after all, talking about practice.

Intel’s smartphone problem

April 15, 2015

Intel still dominates the chip market, but, as this interactive Reuters graphic shows,  its earnings are down significantly.

Surfing the ebb and flow of the Asian alcohol market

April 14, 2015

Serving a global market can be great, if a bit of an adventure. The manifestly diverse nature of a worldwide customer base means that a butterfly flapping its wings in Asia can affect winds of change in the U.S. and Europe.

Introducing vibrating 3D buttons made out of sound

April 13, 2015

The concept of touchable holograms sounds like the holy grail of online pornography, but a British company has developed a prototype for tactile virtual objects with an array of potential uses that are much more pragmatic than prurient.