Snapchat hopes its planned flotation in New York will value the five-year-old photo-sharing app company at up to $25bn (£20bn) and turn its 26-year-old founder, Evan Spiegel, into the world’s youngest billionaire with a $5.5bn fortune.
What do you get if you cross a handful of superheroes with the Death Star and a forgetful fish? Box office gold.
Why doesn’t anyone want to buy Twitter? After the company’s board met on Thursday, it told CNBC that there were “no bids on the table” and that instead it was exploring cost cuts – an announcement that drove another sell-off in the stock and pushed it down 6%, as shareholders who had hoped to see a September swoop from a tech or media company were disappointed. On Friday the shares were changing hands at around $18 – 20% down this year and well short of their float price of $26 three years ago.
Shares in the Daily Mail’s parent company have slumped 9% after it reported a fall in print advertising revenues at its flagship national newspapers.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the acquisition of DirecTV by rival AT&T for $48.5bn, but with one especially large catch that the regulator’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, said “would directly benefit consumers”: the new mega-company has to build a network 10 times the size of AT&T’s current network of fiber optic cable.
Executive producer Gareth Neame says the team behind ITV’s hit show has been considering a stand-alone film