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May 12, 2015
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Rob Cox: Parsing the short life of Dave Goldberg

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Reactions to the untimely death of Dave Goldberg say a lot about Silicon Valley. Though I never met the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, the near-universal outpourings of emotion since his tragic death a little over a week ago in a treadmill accident suggest he was sui generis. Eulogies from friends, poker buddies, fellow technology luminaries and accomplished journalists – not to mention the president of the United States – also tell a bigger story about the world he inhabited.

May 7, 2015
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Rob Cox: Wall Street suits revel in Bonnaroo vibe

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Something odd occurred last week on Wall Street: A gaggle of financial analysts gathered around their star phones for a discourse on the profitability of entertaining 80,000 sweaty hippies in the backwoods of Tennessee. The reason was the purchase of a controlling stake by concert conglomerate Live Nation in a happening called the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

May 7, 2015
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Rob Cox: Wall Street suits revel in Bonnaroo vibe

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Something odd occurred last week on Wall Street: A gaggle of financial analysts gathered around their star phones for a discourse on the profitability of entertaining 80,000 sweaty hippies in the backwoods of Tennessee. The reason was the purchase of a controlling stake by concert conglomerate Live Nation in a happening called the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Apr 30, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bitcoin enters age of Goldman and lawyers

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

At the end of a panel discussion at the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York this week – billed as the largest such event in the world – a supporter of the cryptocurrency pointed to one of the three lawyers discussing bitcoin’s struggle for mainstream acceptance. “You all say you want bitcoin to just work,” he said. “But the only way that will happen is if regulators are completely out of the way.”

Apr 22, 2015
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Whiskey heist proves potent for cybersecurity age

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The great Kentucky bourbon heist serves up a potent reminder for the age of digital theft. An old-fashioned case involving 200 missing bottles of prized Pappy Van Winkle, along with barrels of lesser whiskeys, turned out to be an inside job. Watching one’s own is as important and difficult as guarding against intruders.

Apr 22, 2015
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Whiskey heist proves potent for cybersecurity age

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The great Kentucky bourbon heist serves up a potent reminder for the age of digital theft. An old-fashioned case involving 200 missing bottles of prized Pappy Van Winkle, along with barrels of lesser whiskeys, turned out to be an inside job. Watching one’s own is as important and difficult as guarding against intruders.

Apr 21, 2015
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Rob Cox: EU’s new trustbuster begins with a bang

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Margrethe Vestager isn’t wasting any time. Just months after becoming the European Union’s competition chief, the Danish politician moved beyond her predecessors’ cautious policies to confront the monsters of the digital and energy worlds – Google and Gazprom. But her ambitious battles on Eastern and Western fronts may have one clear beneficiary: Europe’s mergers and acquisitions boom.

Apr 10, 2015
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GE finally exorcises Jack Welch’s financial demons

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

At long last, General Electric is on its way to exorcising the financial demons of Jack Welch. It took 14 years, a near-death experience and a flat-lined stock price, but Welch’s successor Jeff Immelt is now getting out of the banking business and returning GE to its industrial roots. It may have taken too long, but the timing works now on many levels.

Apr 7, 2015
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Rob Cox: Race to bottom of global subprime begins

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

During the go-go years of America’s housing boom, borrowers had it made. As property prices zoomed upwards, even the most unworthy credits among them saw lenders throwing money at them. Banks reduced their demands for collateral, ignored the need for documentation of income and generally let down their guard. It didn’t work out so well.

Mar 31, 2015
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Rob Cox: Eat or be eaten is real Kraft calculus

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Kraft shareholders must be a pretty satiated bunch. They awoke last Wednesday to discover they’d become partners with billionaire Warren Buffett and renowned Brazilian corporate fixers 3G, while merging with the world’s leading condiments maker, Heinz.

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      "Rob Cox helped establish Breakingviews in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the firm's expansion in the United States and edited its American edition, including the daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox"
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