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WBR: Alibaba prepares to float in NY 17 Sept 14

September 18th, 2014

Episode 4 of 860 episodes

The Chinese internet company Alibaba is about to announce its share price ahead of its flotation on the New York stock exchange. It could be the biggest ever IPO in terms of value. We ask if it's worth it. Also, Google is being called a 'platform for piracy' by Rupert Murdoch. We ask why the media baron is asking the European Commission to adopt a more robust approach when it comes to the internet search engine. We take a look at carbon taxes for businesses, after a UN report says that harmful greenhouse gases globally are at record levels. Finally, we look at a new app in the US which can read the barcode of whatever you are buying, and tell you if the money ends up funding a political party or a cause you don't support.