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A new way of understanding the high but elusive worth of intellectual property

IT IS TESTAMENT to human inventiveness that 50m patents are estimated to have been granted globally. But in aggregate much of the collection resembles an intellectual junkyard. Included are plausible ideas that...

The office of the future

THE OFFICE used to be a place people went because they had to. Meetings happened in conference rooms and in person. Desks took up the bulk of the space. The kingdom of...

How streaming killed the Christmas charts

THE BATTLE to be top of the charts on Christmas Day has been won in recent years by the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. But lately these singers...

Can Johnson & Johnson put the taint of scandal behind it?

LONG BEFORE the invention of stakeholder capitalism, a core principle—that the interests of customers, employees and society should be as high or higher than those of shareholders—was carved into the plaster at...

Grab’s upcoming $40bn Nasdaq listing is a key test for Asian tech

A BIG CHANGE is under way in Asia’s technology industry. As investors avert their eyes from the government-imposed nightmare engulfing China’s internet champions, a cohort of South-East Asian counterparts is booming. Tot...

Jack Dorsey goes Square—leaving Twitter at a time of his choosing

“THE COMPANY IS ready to move on from its founders,” explained Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, a distributor of short messages, as he announced on November 29th that he would step...

Communist Party cancel culture targets internet celebrities

FANS OF HUO ZUN were dismayed in August when images of the pop star were blurred out during a performance on “Call Me By Fire”, a popular Chinese reality show. Mr Huo’s...

Vietnam has produced a new class of billionaire entrepreneurs

THE ECONOMIC development of Vietnam now has a permanent monument in one of the world’s most prestigious seats of learning. After a $207m investment announced early this month by Sovico, a Vietnamese...

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