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.
Ruth Porat’s move from Morgan Stanley to Google is a coup for the IT crowd, even if her close ties to California via her alma mater Stanford University made it a little less surprising than at first glance. Besides, who wouldn’t want to swap New York for California, especially after the winter they’ve had in the north-east?
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he will give away most of his $800m (£537m) fortune to good causes before he dies.
In the state’s national parks, the flora is the star attraction
The Chancellor said that workers will start paying 40 per cent tax at £42,385 from April this year - a £520 increase from the current £41,865 threshold.