Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Etsy, the Brooklyn-based virtual marketplace that caters to the home craft market, is looking to list on the US Nasdaq exchange in a move that could value it at $2bn (£1.3bn).
The Serious Fraud Office is investigating liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the financial crisis, the Bank says.
ECB bond buying and Greece’s bailout set to dominate
A technology company has designed an online test that it says can tell a bank nearly all it needs to know about a potential customer.