Topics to impress this week. 1. China’s Tencent takes on the world Tencent, the operator of networking app WeChat, has surpassed Facebook in market value, and so become the first Chinese technology firm to join the ranks of the world’s five largest corporations. Tencent’s share is up 127% this year, according to Bloomberg, and the company is now valued at US$523bn, just above Facebook’s $522bn. Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon are ahead of it. Tencent is trading at more than 50 times forward earnings, higher than the average of about 30 over the past two years. 2. A messenger from outer space Astronomers have determined that the mysterious object detected hurtling past the sun last month is from a different solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1, or ‘Oumuamua, and they believe it could be one of 10,000 others. Its name comes from the Hawaiian word for messenger or scout. The Guardian reports that the certainty of ‘Oumuamua’s origin comes from an analysis that shows its orb...

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