Facebook, Twitter and Apple

February 1, 2016

The social media giant rode mobile ads to riches, while Jack Dorsey’s company watched bosses head for the exits. And Apple may be stuck in iPhone purgatory. All on the Viewsroom tech edition.

Gas guzzlers, Al Jazeera and VW follies

January 15, 2016

The falling price of oil is putting U.S. carmakers in a quandary – and may have contributed to the demise of Al Jazeera America. Plus: Volkswagen can’t seem to keep its foot out of its mouth.

Flicks and automobiles

January 8, 2016

Netflix goes global – big time, while China’s richest man takes a stake in Hollywood. Plus: Automakers greet the New Year with GM’s Lyft investment, a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show and plans to impress in Detroit with their own powwow next week.

Cracking the predictions book

December 23, 2015

Breakingviews’ volume of prescient insight for 2016 includes forecasts about M&A, oil, interest rates, the Olympics, Star Wars booty and much more. Ren Holding and Antony Currie pick their favorites.

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The Exchange podcast: Joseph Stiglitz says Clinton and Sanders are ‘right on’

By Rob Cox
November 20, 2015

The Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank chief economist believes both U.S. Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are “right on” when it comes to the issue of income inequality. In a wide-ranging discussion he concedes that some Republicans get the problem, too.

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The Exchange: Why Ben Bernanke, appointed by Bush, is no longer a Republican

By Rob Cox
October 31, 2015

Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve chairman, is unapologetic about the central bank’s response to the great financial crisis. As he tells our editor Rob Cox, and outlines in his new book “The Courage to Act,” the Fed was given little help by a dysfunctional Congress in reviving the U.S. economy. In the absence of fiscal policy, the Fed had to do all the heavy lifting. As Bernanke tells Rob, it’s one reason Bernanke, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has dropped his affiliation with the Republican Party.