Monday 22 December 2014

Business week in pictures

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The Facebook website is displayed on a laptop computer on May 9 in San Anselmo, California. An investigation by The Pew Research Centre found that Facebook has become a player in the news industry as the popular social media site is driving an increasing amount of traffic to news web sites. Photo: Getty Images
An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall on May 9 in Shanghai, China. The power companies and train markers led Chinese stocks rebounding on Monday. With the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 8.57 points, or 0.3pc, to close at 2,872.46 points. Photo: Getty Images
The Accenture Analytics Innovation Centre officially opened its doors for business yesterday, following last year's announcement that it would create 100 new highly-skilled positions at Grand Canal Plaza in Dublin. At the opening were Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton; Edel Lynch, senior executive, Accenture Ireland; and Barry O'Leary, IDA chief executive
A customer looks at the new iPad 2 at an Apple Store following an announcement that Apple has become the world's most valuable brand on May 9 in San Francisco, California. In a report released by London based Millward Brown, Apple has surpassed Google to claim the top spot in a global ranking of brand value this year with an estimated value of more than $153bn up 84pc from last year. Photo: Getty Images
A man samples the new Double Down bunless burger on May 10 in Auckland, New Zealand. The KFC 'Double Down' is a 604-calorie 'bunless' burger that consists of two strips of bacon, cheese and 'special sauce' served between two KFC chicken fillets and has been a hot topic after being condemned by nutritionists concerned with the high calorie and saturated fat content. Photo: Getty Images
People at the London Stock Exchange watch the new opening bell. The inaugural event saw a timer on a giant globe mark the 8am opening, before Chancellor George Osborne triggered trade by 'unlocking' the market with a plastic key. The ceremony will become a regular event with companies and celebrities expected to turn the key on important occasions, such as a stock market flotation. Photo: PA
A man uses the Skype application on an iPad. Bill Gates' Microsoft is understood to be close to buying the internet telephone service for $8.5bn. The proposed acquisition would be the biggest in Microsoft's 36-year history and could close as early as today, the Wall Street Journal reported. Photo: PA
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (left) and Skype CEO Tony Bates shake hands yesterday after Microsoft announced the $8.5bn take-over of Skype. Photo: Getty Images
Spectators take pictures as a Lufthansa Airbus A380 plane lands at San Francisco International Airport on May 10. Lufthansa became the first major airline to bring the Airbus A380 to San Francisco International Airport with a daily non-stop to and from Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Getty Images
International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves the Second Annual Conference of International Monetary Fund on May 10 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference hosted by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the IMF, brought together central bank governors and senior policymakers, to debate about the reform of the international monetary system with topics such as global liquidity provision at times of crisis or international reserves of currencies. Photo: Getty Images
Max Mosley, the former head of Formula One arrives at Millbank television studios to conduct interviews with the media on May 10 in London. Today's judgement in the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Mosley's case challenging UK privacy laws after a British newspaper ran revealing stories about his private life. Photo: Getty Images
People purchase goods at a supermarket on May 11 in Nantong, Jiangsu Province of China. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday, in April China's consumer price index (CPI) rose 5.3pc on the corresponding month last year. Photo: Getty Images

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