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Netflix still gets booed at Cannes

THE rise of Netflix has been greeted frostily by some of the old guard at the Cannes film festival, where the American streaming giant’s disregard for releasing films in cinemas wins it few friends.

Why companies in the chemicals industry are mixing

AS SPRING arrives, the hills of Languedoc in southern France turn green with the leaves of grapevines.

Masayoshi Son and Saudi Arabia launch a monster technology fund

“I HAVEN’T accomplished anything I can be proud of in my 60 years on Earth,” Masayoshi Son, the boss of SoftBank, a Japanese telecoms group, recently confided.

The market for rare trainers

All star investments WHEN Marty McFly donned his self-lacing Nike trainers in the distant future of 2015, he really should have kept them in the box.

Jeff Immelt’s record shows the pitfalls of capital allocation

BOSSES come in all shapes and sizes. One way to categorise them is to split them into two types: polishers and pickers.

An abrupt change at the top at Ford

Fun comes to the blue oval THE abrupt departure of Ford’s boss, Mark Fields, which the firm announced on May 22nd, has two explanations.

Among private tech firms, Airbnb has pursued a distinct strategy

UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes.

Dow Chemical shows how American industrials and globalisation mix

WHAT does it take for an American industrial champion to succeed in an age of globalisation and impatient investors?

Embattled Toshiba tries to sell its flash-memory unit

ONCE an electronics and nuclear-power empire that was the pride of corporate Japan, Toshiba is threatened with a stockmarket delisting.

Hunger for vinyl means a chronic shortage of pressing machines

Well under 45 FOR young hipsters and middle-aged sentimentalists alike, the resurgence of vinyl is cause for celebration.

Coca-Cola’s new boss tries to move beyond its core product

FEW companies are as defined by a single product as Coca-Cola. The firm has sold the sweet dark soda since 1886.

Antoine Frérot is overhauling France’s water-and-waste champion

Bin there, done that WALK along Sugar Road in Aubervilliers, north-east of Paris, and it is obvious how a formerly scruffy area is gentrifying.

Airlines have dodged a wider ban on electronic devices

Windows seat THE fear that business travellers on transatlantic flights might have to stop working on spreadsheets and read a good book instead had been palpable.

Shuffle off, Bollywood: it’s time for Tollywood and Kollywood

The one with strong ticket sales ALL you need for a movie is a girl, a gun, lots of singing, melodrama and never-ending dance sequences.

When bosses visit the White House, their firms make more money

DONALD TRUMP will not follow his predecessor’s policy of releasing visitor logs for the White House. A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research by Jeffrey Brown and Jiekun Huang, both of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows what a loss that is.

Tencent takes on Apple in China

IN MOST of the world, the success of Apple’s “walled garden” of proprietary software has two elements.

Dow Chemical shows that industrials and globalisation can mix

WHAT does it take for an American industrial champion to succeed in an age of globalisation and impatient investors?

BHP reconsiders its foray into US shale

THE hills from which Broken Hill in New South Wales got their name no longer exist. They have been mined away since, 134 years ago, a sheep herder discovered what would become one of the world’s biggest silver mines.

Sinclair Broadcast buys Tribune Media

AT A time when ever fewer people are watching television, it may seem improbable that the owners of local TV stations in America want to expand their empires.

The super-connector airlines face a world of troubles

WHEN a video of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight went viral last month, the American carrier’s Middle Eastern rivals were quick to mock its customer service.