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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.) 

Small Talk: The crowdfunding industry has had three years of dramatic growth

Britain’s financial technology (fintech) sector has its first billion-dollar business. The crowdfunding platform Funding Circle’s announcement last week that it had completed a $150m fundraising means the business, launched less than five years ago, is now valued at $1bn – and the financing round was over-subscribed.

News | This is Money 

US regulators could 'scupper' move by HSBC to Hong Kong over assets of £190bn

Senior lawyers and accountants said the US would try to block such a move out of concern over Chinese influence on the bank as it has major US operations.

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