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Ségolène Royal and Wikipedia duped by tale of anti-slavery activist

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.

The Independent (U.K.) 

Oscar Williams-Grut: Never mind the tech floats that have sunk before they swam, investors will pay whatever it takes to ride the Alibaba wave

Sixty-eight dollars – or £41.50 to you and me. That’s how much it cost for a single slice of Alibaba in its IPO, equivalent to around one 2 billionth of the Chinese e-commerce giant.

News | This is Money 

Britain woken by massive storms as lightning strikes cause train delays

London was hit by flash floods yesterday, forcing the residents of Hackney to wade, cycle and drive through knee-deep water on their way home from work (pictured).

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