Vincent Boland: It’ll take more than Musk’s $1.5bn to demystify bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies have their zealous admirers, including the Tesla chief, but critics insist they have no practical uses and facilitate online fraud and tax evasion
Of all the notions to have held human beings in thrall, none is stranger than the idea that base metals can be turned into gold. Alchemy was a tenet of the pre-Enlightenment era, before the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. The keys to it were said to be hidden in the Bible, in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and in the surviving manuscripts of ancient civilisations. Its adherents included popes and philosophers.
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Vincent Boland: Tycoon space race is boldly going where many have gone before
So far, the space missions of Bezos, Branson and Musk lack the poetics, significance or purpose of Aldrin and Armstrong’s, but it’s early days yet
Vincent Boland: Biden wants to be heard on attempt to make America competitive again
The US president used hearing aids to illustrate anti-competitive business practices as he sought to put a check on the continuing erosion of America’s competitive edge
Vincent Boland: Global private equity is on a spending spree in Discount Britain
Post-Brexit, British corporate assets are cheap compared to their international peers, and the FTSE index looks like a relic of a bygone era
Vincent Boland: In the World v Zuckerberg, the final verdict is still to be delivered
The US Federal Trade Commission may have lost its anti-trust action against Facebook last week, but the social media behemoth could still have a case to answer