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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

19 Oct 2017

Breakingviews - ICOs validate old-school "follow the money" mantra

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Call it teething trouble with tezzies. One of the biggest so-called initial coin offerings to date, which raised some $230 million for a blockchain project called Tezos, has led to a spat between its architects and a Swiss foundation that controls the digital cash, according to a Reuters special report (http://reut.rs/2gncW1B). Even in the world of crypto-currencies, traditional financial motivations apply.

05 Oct 2017

Breakingviews - More for China than London in Russian hydro IPO

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Here comes one more way to bet on green energy. En+ Group, a company owned by Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska which supplies electricity to and controls aluminium outfit Rusal, aims to raise $1.5 billion in a London and Moscow listing. It touts its clean, mostly Siberian hydropower, but new public investors will have little say. The cornerstone backer, a Singapore-based partner of the Chinese group that just bought into Rosneft, may see greater advantage.

08 Sep 2017

Breakingviews - Equifax hack provides an Exxon Valdez moment

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - When Americans are hacked, they turn to three big consumer-credit agencies for help with identity theft. What happens when one of them, Equifax, is hit by hackers who steal sensitive personal information on 143 million people?

05 Sep 2017

Breakingviews - United Tech breathes rarefied air to bulk up

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - United Technologies isn't staying fully grounded in its quest for scale. The U.S. industrial conglomerate is paying $30 billion including debt for aerospace supplier Rockwell Collins. The strategy makes sense but, with a weak return on investment, United Technologies is paying up for the privilege of getting bigger.

16 Aug 2017

Washington has infrastructure backwards

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Washington has infrastructure all wrong. There's a big funding gap, but cash isn't the problem. There's more than enough capital in search of long-term investments. What the federal government needs to do is remove hurdles to private financing, be willing to take good ideas from elsewhere and help change the mindset of states, localities and consumers.

24 Jul 2017


[ニューヨーク 20日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - 米ネット検索大手だったヤフーは、先駆者として登場したが、最終的にはただの持ち株会社に落ち着いた。米配車サービス大手ウーバー・テクノロジーズ[UBER.UL]もその道をたどり始めたかにみえる。

20 Jul 2017

Uber could one day end up like Yahoo

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Yahoo started as a pioneer and wound up a mere holding company. Uber Technologies could be embarking on the same path.

28 Jun 2017

Ransomware reveals tech challenges past and future

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Who'd be in charge of a corporate IT network with hacks, phishing and now a double dose of so-called ransomware to contend with? Wednesday's cyber attack hit targets from Ukraine to the United States and more than 60 other countries. Human error enables hacking of today's network setups. A shift to the cloud reduces that danger, but brings others.

21 Jun 2017

New app: Uber, but for an Uber CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has quit as chief executive under a cloud of business and cultural troubles, including harassment allegations. These threaten the ride-hailing service's eye-popping, and currently unwarranted, valuation of $68 billion. In addition to the shortage of senior managers after departures in recent months, he leaves a void right at the top. Using the company's own how-to guide as a template, Breakingviews imagines an Uber-like app that helps fill it.

13 Jun 2017

Yahoo investors are U.S. tax-reform skeptics

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Yahoo will soon be little more than a holding company for stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan. The $52 billion internet firm's shareholders on Thursday approved the sale of its operating businesses to Verizon Communications for $4.5 billion. The long-standing wrinkle, though, is that Yahoo bought the minority holdings so cheaply that essentially the entire value of both would be taxable in the United States if it sold them. That means the company is, at least in theory, now a proxy for where investors think U.S. corporate tax rates are going.

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