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Chinese firms are not all serial intellectual-property thieves

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Print edition | Business Feb 7th 2019 WARS SOMETIMES have moments of cultural levity—even trade wars. Last summer, as America and China were bombarding each other with tariffs, a quaint exhibition opened at the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square paying tribute to, of all things, American intellectual-property (IP) protection. Get our daily newsletter […]

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A 25-year battle to improve the image of McDonald’s

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Business and finance Feb 5th 2019 EVERY DAY McDonald’s serves 69m customers, more than the population of Britain or France. The company has what is estimated to be the most valuable fast-food brand in the world, cherished as a cheap dining option for families. But do consumers perceive McDonald’s as a socially or environmentally responsible […]

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Canada tackles the scourge of orphaned oil wells

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BEFORE IT WENT bust in 2015 Redwater Energy was a small oil-and-gas company in Alberta with 84 wells that few people had heard of. That changed when the accounting firm managing the bankruptcy, Grant Thornton, and the Alberta Energy Regulator began sparring over the disposition of Redwater’s assets. The bankruptcy receiver wanted to sell 17 […]

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Has Comcast bet against technology?

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Print edition | Business Jan 31st 2019| NEW YORK IN FORGING HIS media empire Rupert Murdoch never worried much about whether he was spending too much money. He thought it mattered more what businesses he was building. Such as, in 1989, a cash-haemorrhaging satellite broadcaster in Britain called Sky Television. Decades later Brian Roberts, chief […]

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Harley-Davidson brought low by tariffs and demographics

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Print edition | Business Jan 31st 2019| MILWAUKEE A TOUR OF the modernist building of the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee helps to explain why the midwestern maker of motorcycles has iconic status, but also why it is struggling. Nearly all the visitors are white, middle-aged men, some clad in leather and heavily tattooed, others dressed […]