Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it’s come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them. The contours of such a society are starting to take shape in this high-tech nation, frustrating those who prefer coins and bills over digital money.
Apple is an iconic brand. Now it is a totemic investment, too. The company’s share price has risen by 83% in the past year, and by almost 50% so far in 2012. Apple is now easily the largest company in the world by market capitalisation, at some $565 billion.
Forbes’ John Tammy sees a good connection between the plot of The Hunger Games and the US political scene: “Back in the real world, something similar is at work. Though agreement is not uniform, and our government not nearly as oppressive as the one in The Hunger Games, many Americans simply want to be left alone, to get their lives back. The Hunger Games seems to channel this natural, and very American, urge to be free.”
Next month marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. The disaster spurred maritime nations to start monitoring icebergs, so why are ships still hitting them?
Walt Disney Studios announced Monday that it would be taking a $200 million, second quarter write-down related to the science-fiction flop John Carter. If the film continues to be such an epic dud at the box office, it will force the studio to record an operating loss between $80 million and $120 million for the quarter. TIME magazine takes a look at the 10 biggest money losing movies of all time.