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FT and IFC launch Transformational Business Awards

LONDON: 12 December 2013: The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today launch an awards programme to showcase business initiatives that can create long-term, transformative solutions to environmental, social, and corporate governance challenges, particularly in developing nations.

The FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards: Sustainable Solutions to Today’s Development Challenges expand the FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, which established themselves over eight years as the leading global awards for environmentally and socially responsible banking and investment. The 2013 Sustainable Finance Awards attracted a record 254 entries from 221 organisations in 61 countries. Read more >>

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One million followers, which one were you?

17 December 2013: To celebrate reaching one million Twitter followers on @FT, we have created this web app to let you find out which number you were.

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Financial Times rolls out semantic advertising service FT Smart Match globally

11 December 2013: The Financial Times is extending its content matching service ‘FT Smart Match’ to global advertising clients after a successful initial trial. The technology, provided by Smartology, recognises the meaning of news articles, allowing advertisers to match their content to relevant news stories in real time on FT.com.

Piloted in June 2011 and going well beyond the industry standard of keyword recognition, FT Smart Match uses an emerging technology called ‘semantic profiling’ which analyses text through weighting ‘concepts’ and ‘categories’ to derive matching accuracy for advertiser content on FT.com. By automating advertising placement from content, the technology solves a major problem for advertisers and pioneers a new approach to display advertising. Read more >>

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Sanergy is named global winner at 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

NEW YORK: 10 December 2013: The Financial Times and Citi are pleased to announce that Sanergy has been named the global winner of the 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme. The Nairobi based non-profit organisation was selected by a distinguished panel of judges, including last year’s winner, for developing a sustainable and hygienic sanitation system that recycles human waste to generate electricity and fertilizer for local farmers.

Regional winners were also recognised for their work in fuelling urban progress: Read more >>

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Financial Times appoints Patrick Jenkins as financial editor and assistant editor

29 November 2013: The Financial Times has appointed Patrick Jenkins as financial editor and assistant editor from 1 January 2014. In his new role Jenkins will oversee and shape the FT’s broader financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He will lead a team of journalists globally and work closely with editors in the markets, Lex, FT Money and FTfm teams.

FT editor Lionel Barber said: “Patrick has led our banking coverage over the past four years and forged a world-beating team of financial services journalists. He and his colleagues have demonstrated an enviable record of breaking news, consistently delivering front page stories on issues at the heart of our readers’ interests. His leadership skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue to invest in core beats and develop our digital strategy.” Read more >>

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Michael Stott joins the FT as UK news editor

On his appointment, Stott said: “The FT has led the way in successfully and profitably moving its news, comment and global readership online. I am delighted to join this world-class publication at such an exciting time in its 125-year history and look forward to contributing to its future success.”

FT editor Lionel Barber said: “I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Financial Times. On the UK agenda are the 2015 general elections, a referendum in Scotland and questions over the UK and eurozone economies. Michael’s experience in breaking news and digital platforms will be invaluable to the FT’s coverage.” Read more >>

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Financial Times launches exclusive luxury travel collection with Dom Reilly

The signature range is available online at Dom Reilly.

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Financial Times launches on Google Play Newsstand

20 November 2013: The Financial Times is now available on Google Play Newsstand, a new app for Android phones and tablets that brings together newspapers, magazines, blogs and news sites. The app will be rolled out this week and the FT is a launch partner.

Users can read eight articles a month for free before subscribing for full access, in line with the FT’s metered access model. For the first time, readers will be able to subscribe to the FT directly through the third party platform. Read more >>

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The Everything Store wins the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2013

18 November 2013: Brad Stone today won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2013 (www.ft.com/bookaward) for The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, published by Transworld/Bantam Press and Little, Brown. The book is the definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.

The award, which recognises the book that provides ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues’, was presented this evening to Brad Stone in London by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, and Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Read more >>

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FT introduces ‘gift article’ for subscribers

15 November: The Financial Times has launched a new ‘gift article’ feature for subscribers which simplifies the sharing of articles with their networks. At launch, the service allows FT subscribers to share up to 10 articles per month through email to non-subscribers.

Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com, said: “The gift article is a great example of the tools we are developing to advance our community focus and bring new benefits to subscribers. It is also an important opportunity to further our readership and reach new audiences.” Read more >>

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