‘The largest foreign bribery case in history’

The US Department of Justice called it “the largest foreign bribery case in history”. After Brazilian multinational Odebrecht admitted guilt in a cash-for-contracts corruption scandal in 12 nations, it vowed to change its ways. But Brazil’s authorities are still wrestling with an encrypted computer system used to run the firm’s illicit payment system. The federal […]

China sexist adverts: Tech firms apologise after damning report

Leading Chinese tech firms have pledged to address gender discrimination in job ads after a damning report by campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW). Sexist recruitment practices had contributed to a decrease in the proportion of women working, HRW said. Tech giants and government agencies had published “male only” adverts, as well as others asking […]

Google owner Alphabet sees profits soar

Profits at Google-owner Alphabet jumped almost 73% in the first three months of the year, as revenues from internet advertising soared. The strong results came despite fears that rising costs and regulation could undermine the search giant’s performance. First-quarter net income rose to $9.4bn (£6.7bn) from $5.4bn a year earlier, beating analyst expectations. Revenue jumped […]

Why the snobbery about superhero films?

Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from some Hollywood quarters. Last week, Zoe Saldana spoke about “elitists” who accuse the cast of “selling out” with the films. “I’ve been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they’re absolutely elitist. “They look down at movies […]