Business' World & People

Having sat over 10 million diners in Singapore and Hong Kong, Chope expands to mainland China

Reservations service Chope today announced that it’s expanding to mainland China through a partnership with the local arm of international media company Ringier. As a start, Chope’s online reservation technology will be rolled out to the thousands of restaurants listed on Ringier’s flagship lifestyle guide, City Weekend. City Weekend is a 16-year-old English-language online guide, and is reportedly China’s largest.

The shrinking PC industry, how will a company like Dell change its business

Dell continued to lose market share, as it dropped below Lenovo in 2011 to fall to number three in the world. Dell and fellow American contemporary Hewlett Packard came under pressure from Asian PC manufacturers Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, all of which had lower production costs and willing to accept lower profit margins

GoPro jumps on Nasdaq debut

GoPro, whose cameras let surfers, skiers and sky divers record their exploits, gave investors an adrenaline rush of their own as it jumped in its debut following an initial public offering. The IPO, which valued San Mateo, California-based GoPro at $2.96 billion, came a decade after chief executive Nicholas Woodman, 39, started the company.

Microsoft's wildest dream: Killing the laptop

For Microsoft, that spelled trouble: Office and Windows have long been two of the company's most lucrative products. While PCs running Windows still dominate the laptop market, Apple's iOS leads the tablet market. To say that Microsoft is a distant third is an understatement. If nothing else, the Surface Pro 3 may be Microsoft's latest attempt in fulfilling its own long-held dream: to be a major player in a tablet market dominated by Apple, Amazon, and Samsung.

Tim Geithner's Profit-and-Loss Statement

Tim Geithner offended almost everybody during the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. The former U.S. Treasury secretary enraged liberals when he rescued the banks, then failed to stop them from paying bonuses. He angered conservatives when he backed new restrictions on bank activities in the Dodd-Frank Act. He disappointed other regulators by letting creditors of failing institutions off the hook, fearing that imposing losses would start global bank runs

The Novacem solution

Novacem has developed a new class of cement which is uniquely positioned to meet the challenge of reducing cement industry carbon emissions. Our cement is based on magnesium oxide (MgO) and hydrated magnesium carbonates (i.e. hydromagnesite, 4MgCO3.Mg(OH)2.4H2O)). It will offer performance and cost parity with ordinary Portland cement, but with a carbon negative footprint.

Facebook to Pay $19 Billion for WhatsApp

Even by the get-big-fast standards of Silicon Valley, WhatsApp's story is remarkable. The company, founded in 2009 by Ukrainian Jan Koum and American Brian Acton, reached 450 million users faster than any company in history.

Yuengling Beer Billionaire Beats Sam Adams in Craft Craze

AAs a teenager stacking barrels after school at his family’s brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Richard L. “Dick” Yuengling, Jr. was encouraged by plant workers to avoid a career in the family business. America’s taste for national brands such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, they said, was going to put them all out of a job.

Bill Gates

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the second wealthiest person.