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Happy 10th anniversary, Android

October 21, 2018

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps […]

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $267bn of Chinese goods

September 19, 2018

President says further package ready to go as Apple warns trade war will hike prices Donald Trump has said he has a new tranche of tariffs ready to place on virtually all Chinese goods, as Apple warned the trade war will make its products more expensive for American consumers. A package of tariffs was already […]

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Human impulses run riot: Chinas shocking pace of change

September 18, 2018

Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. Chinas leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime. By Yu Hua When I try to describe how Xi Jinping. No sooner did Xi become general secretary of the Communist party than our new leader launched an anti-corruption drive, the scale […]

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Australia’s Central Bank Chief Says the Unspeakable

September 7, 2018

Talk about a failure of forward guidance. Australia's 1 Hours after the national headcount hit 25 million, Lowe devoted most of a

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The Hole at the Heart of Chinas Silk Road

September 6, 2018

Nobody pretends the People’s Republic of China is an entirely benign power, least of all its leaders in Beijing. Yet, even by the standards of what continues to be a remarkably repressive state, the stories that are emerging from behind the Great Firewall about the crackdown on Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim population are deeply disturbing and […]

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How Ikea Caters to Local Tastes Around the World

August 31, 2018

Ikea’s blue-and-yellow stores are instantly recognizable: iconic, monolithic and now, as India's first store throws open its doors to the masses, operating in more than 400 stores in some 50 countries. But while every branch of the world's largest furniture retailer has that most unmistakable whiff of flat-pack conformity, regional differences do exist — not least […]

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Former U.S. Officials Taking Chinas Side in the Trade War

August 29, 2018

This year, President Donald Trump has made good on his promises to take a hard line on China, ratcheting up tariffs on Chinese goods, cracking down on steel and aluminum imports, and implementing a short-lived ban on Chinese tech firm said in June. But Chinese companies have become increasingly savvy at hiring U.S. firms to […]

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Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the mainland

August 16, 2018

Farfetch — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high-end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down on China, one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury […]

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RIP, American Empire: Weekend Edition

August 13, 2018

  RIP. soundtrack to “Sorry to Bother You” by The Coup (explicit lyrics ahoy). This is the Weekend Edition of Bloomberg Opinion Today, a roundup of the ten most popular stories Bloomberg Opinion published this week, based on web readership, with some other stuff thrown in. New subscribers to the newsletter can 

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China Begins to Question Whether Its Ready for a Trade War

June 29, 2018

Xi Jinping vowed to match fell below forecasts last month and economists warnings about a repeat of the market’s collapse in 2015, the last time China saw such open criticism of economic policymakers. “People are going to look back at this year as the pivot point when Xi Jinping overreached and sparked an international backlash […]

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