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    The Business Saturday 31 January 2015

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran
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    MIchael Lynch

    Michael Lynch was born to Irish parents living in Britain, studied and attained a PhD in the field of mathematics and engineering in Cambridge, and set up the tech company Autonomy which he sold to Hewlett Packard for 11.1 billion euro in 2011. He was susbsequently in the news when just a year later HP wrote down the value of the business by over $8bn, accusing Autonomy of accounting improprieties and misrepresentation prior to the takeover. Two weeks ago, however, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK announced that their investigation hadn't found anything. An investigation in the US is still ongoing. He has recently raised a billion dollars and founded his own investment venture, Invoke Capital.
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    Buses & Transport

    The state may be seeking assurances on airline routes to Heathrow, but when it comes to bus routes private companies moving in is on the cards. The National Transport Authority announced yesterday that a number of bus routes in the Dublin area are going up for tender. Is nothing sacred? Senator Sean Barrett, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Economics in TCD discussed the implications with Richard.
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    Discrimination in Job Interviews

    Earlier this week The Equality Tribunal awarded €54,000 to a school teacher who was asked for her views on homosexuality during an interview for a job as a school principal. What are the questions which prospective employers simply can't ask in an interview? Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Recruitment joined Richard in studio.
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    Street Artists Going Mainstream

    Grafitti was once considered the past-time of disaffected youth, but now it has become a mainstream and very lucrative art-form, with big hitters making a nice living from their work. Next month, Whytes are holding an auction of work including street art pieces from Banksy and - for the first time - the Irish street artist, Will St Leger. Liam Geraghty went along to find out more about how street art is coming off the street and into the auction room.
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    Superbowl Super Ads

    The Superbowl commercial breaks are considered the holy Grail of advertising, with many firms spending millions on just one 30 second slot. With an average viewership of 111 million, some might say they are worth the spend... Nowadays many ads are going viral before the show, and advertisers have had to think more creatively about the spots, working alongside such giants as Facebook and Twitter to show specific ads to a particular audience. Peter O'Dwyer, Creative Director at Havas Worldwide and Kathleen Healy, Digital Strategist with Rothco, sift through the glorious touchdowns and disastrous fumbles...

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