This is nuts. When’s the crash?

Okay, maybe it’s because this particular FT Alphaville blogger has been safely quarantined in Geneva, Switzerland for the last two years where everything is frozen in time, and it’s all down to “London shock”, but it really does feel like you can’t walk three foot in the capital these days without bumping into a crane panorama that would make the Doozers of Fraggle Rock proud.

Case in point, the current view from outside FT Towers at One Southwark Bridge:

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That was nuts. Is this the crash?

Tech stocks have become a little bit more modestly priced.

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This is nuts, oh and by the way Mark Zuckerberg is Lex Luthor

Virtual reality is more Mister Mxyzptlk’s department, and $2bn is not quite This is nuts territory.

But can you feel the LexCorp-style corporate governance, and ambition, here? Read more

This is Nathan Barley. When’s the crash?

It’s an online urban culture dispatch from HSBC:

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

That uber-growth business, washing machines…

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

Only 12 years to go till the “utopian society” drives up.

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This isn’t nuts. Where’s the cash?

Interruption not inflection, says BoAML’s Michael Hartnett, who sees the beginning not the end of the fun.

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This is (beyond) nuts. When’s the crash?

in exchange for an aggregate of 183,865,778 shares of Parent’s Class A common stock (valued at $12 billion based on the average closing price of the six trading days preceding February 18, 2014 of $65.2650 per share (“Specified Price”)) and $4 billion in cash… In addition, upon Closing, Parent will grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units to WhatsApp employees (valued at $3 billion based on the Specified Price). Read more

This is nuts. When’s the crash?

A case of a market requiring medication, perhaps, rather than the other way round?

From the FT’s Arash Massoudi in New York and Andrew Ward in London… Read more

This is nuts. When’s the crash?

London prime property vendor finance, vignette #1:

Luxury property developer Christian Candy has lent more than £300m in the past year to wealthy London housebuyers, in a bid to profit from the banks’ withdrawal from the market, and aims to take his total lending to £1bn by the end of this year…

Last week he lent £25m for the purchase of a £35m private home in Knightsbridge, and he is now in talks to provide £100m for the purchase of a home in north London.

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

Google is spending maybe $400m on a was kid. From recode on Monday…

Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind. Google confirmed the deal after Re/code inquired about it, but declined to specify a price. Based in London, DeepMind was founded by games prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, along with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. This is in large part an artificial intelligence talent acquisition, and Google CEO Larry Page led the deal himself, sources said. According to online bios, Hassabis in particular is quite a talent, a child prodigy in chess who was later called “probably the best games player in history” by the Mind Sports Olympiad. DeepMind has only a landing page for a website where it describes its business as building learning algorithms for simulations, e-commerce and games. Profiles on LinkedIn indicate the company is about three years old. Read more

This is nuts. When’s the crash?

The Journal’s got themselves a billion-dollar start-up graphic… Read more

This is nuts. When’s the crash?

From the FT:

Though Nest has never revealed exact sales figures, the company has sold hundreds of thousands of thermostats, which went on sale outside the US for the first time in November.

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

Bitcoin has bounced back in China, helping to push the virtual currency back above $1,000 a unit, as exchanges devise work-around solutions to the regulatory crackdown last month…

…Other exchanges have looked for loopholes. Huobi, a Beijing-based exchange, allows users to make direct deposits in its own corporate bank account or even the personal one of Li Lin, its founder…

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This is nuts. When’s the crash? (Updated)

Kodal Minerals (KOD LN) 0.77p, mkt cap £5.2m – First day of dealing for Kodal Minerals’ (phosphate) on AIM

BUY – Target price 3.1p short term, 4.5p on a 12-moth view Read more

This is nuts. When’s the crash?

Via CNN Money:

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

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This is nuts. When’s the crash?

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