Quest Means Business
August 30, 2010
Posted: 1349 GMT
9-month old Alanna 'touching' her father through Skype while he is serving in Iraq. He's spent more time with Alanna over Skype than he has in person.

9-month old Alanna 'touching' her father through Skype while he is serving in Iraq. He's spent more time with Alanna over Skype than he has in person.

Cisco Systems is rumored to have put in a bid for Skype, before it completes its planned initial public offering. That’s according to the web publication TechCrunch.

All of this comes just as Google has launched Gmail Calls – a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) – and a potential major competitor for Skype. According to Google, within 24 hours of the launch of Gmail Calls users placed one million calls.

So tonight we’re looking at voice calls over the internet and how those networks measure up to mobile networks and social networks. Who do you think has more users? Facebook, Twitter or Skype? You might be surprised by the answer. Find out at 2000 CET!

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Last week it was double-dip recessions, this week it's all about holidays and how you spend your vacation! Quest and Ali are here in this Q & A-style news quiz. You choose the topic here on our blog, then every Thursday Richard and Ali have a go at it to see who can outsmart the other in the world of financial news.

Check out this week’s video (right up there) and when you finish, let us know what you’d like to see next week by leaving a comment (right below here).

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August 25, 2010
Posted: 2008 GMT
President Barack Obama and daughter, Sasha, on holiday swimming at Alligator Point in Panama City, Florida on August 14, 2010

President Barack Obama and daughter, Sasha, on holiday swimming at Alligator Point in Panama City, Florida on August 14, 2010

It's becoming ever clearer that we love our holidays!

Whether it’s a cruise, a few nights camping under canvas, a package tour or a deluxe week in a spa.. we are prepared to spend money on getting away from it all. We need our holidays to recharge our batteries.

Some of you watching will be luxuriating in having weeks of annual leave to take. Others will barely get a long weekend with pay.

On this week's Q&A Ali Velshi and Richard Quest will be going head to head debating the entitlement to paid annual leave. They’ll look at the benefits of a vacation for employees, employers and the economy. Surely this is a win win! There will also be our head to head quiz – the guys are one-all at the moment, but will that last? See you at 2:00pm ET / 1800 GMT on CNN!

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August 23, 2010
Posted: 1528 GMT
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All week Quest Means Business is looking at the time you spend away from work. All around the world we get different amounts of holiday: In Finland it’s 40 including national holidays, whereas in the U.S. there’s no federal law mandating companies pay employees for time off.

Given that large span, we’d like to know hear about your holidays. How many vacation days do you get? Does your company give you more days off the longer you’ve been with the company? Did the amount of vacation play a factor in choosing your current job?

In a world of smart phones, WiFi and fax machines almost any holiday spot in the world can turn into makeshift office. When you’re away from work do you stay connected to the office? Does your holiday sometimes turn into a work vacation? Does that hurt your vacation or help you from being overwhelmed when you return to the office?

Many companies offer discount travel packages to their employees. Do you and your family take advantage of package holidays? Or with the great recession has the staycation become a new, more affordable way to relax.

Leave your comments here (look below) or come on our air by sending in iReports of your favorite get-away spots

And enjoy your stay!

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August 20, 2010
Posted: 953 GMT

Last week it was wheat, this week it's double-dip! Unfortunately this one isn't about food – it's all about the possibilities of a double-dip recession. But have no fear, Quest and Ali are here in this Q & A-style news quiz. You choose the topic here on our blog, then every Thursday Richard and Ali have a go at it to see who can outsmart the other in the world of financial news.

Check out this week’s video (right up there) and when you finish, let us know what you’d like to see next week by leaving a comment (right below here).

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August 19, 2010
Posted: 1347 GMT

You’ve probably heard the screams “The Double-Dip is coming!” Sound like a great dessert? Maybe some soft ice-cream dipped once in chocolate and once in caramel? Yum! Or maybe nachos dipped once in sour cream and once in guacamole?

Unfortunately, we’re talking about a “double-dip” recession – something many economists and doom-sayers say we are headed straight for. Are we? And if we are, what, if anything, can you do to protect yourself? Richard Quest and I will duke it out for the best answer today on Q&A. 2:00pm ET / 1800 GMT on CNN.

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August 16, 2010
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August 13, 2010
Posted: 1939 GMT

As you may have seen in our debut episode of "Q & A", CNN's Ali Velshi and Richard Quest battled it out to see who knew more about the all important commodity - wheat.

This was all part of a new segment on CNN that we're calling "Q & A" and where we are giving you - the viewer - the chance to have us answer questions on any topic that you want.

From pop culture, transportation, luxury living, finance, music - anything goes.

You choose the topics and in one minute, Richard and Ali will tell you everything you need to know.

BUT what happens when Ali and Richard go head to head? Who will win? Send us your questions and they’ll be quizzed – live on Q&A.

Here's your chance to test the experts and see if they really know their stuff.

Write in your suggestions of what topics you want covered.

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August 11, 2010
Posted: 1724 GMT

We're marking the start of a brand new segment on CNN International's Quest Means Business, where you, the reader, will have an opportunity to choose the topics that you want discussed.

Richard Quest will be teaming up with CNN's Ali Velshi to answer your questions on topics as diverse as technology, travel, finance, commodities and even pop culture.

Our first topic will be on an issue that is integral to many of our lives - wheat.

Sixty percent of the world relies on wheat as a staple part of their diet and many more consume it on a daily basis. Since mid-June, the price of wheat has surged more than 50 percent on world commodity markets, fuelled by Russia's decision to ban wheat exports after crops were devastated by drought.

The price surge shows that any variance or trouble spot in a large wheat-producing country - Russia is the world's third biggest wheat exporter - can be felt all over the world.

What drives sharp rises in world grain prices? Why is wheat so important? How does a price rise impact our decision to buy a loaf of bread?

Here's your chance to ask us and have your question answered.

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August 10, 2010
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