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Other people's business, Wednesday 25 April

Space mining and quitting work.

Space mining? Photograph: Getty Images.

1. The sort of favours that James Murdoch expects (Financial Times).

Do newspaper proprietors get favourable treatment in business in return for supporting politicians? asks John Gapper.

2. Let’s Quit Together (Freakonomics)

If workers are not alone and allowed to interact with each other, they are more prone to quit at the same time, writes Freakonomics.

3. Space mining plan more than just sci-fi fantasy (Reuters)

Shady corporation sends robot army into space to mine precious metals from asteroids, writes Kevin Allison.

4. Hector’s house was not in order, which is why his legacy is financial fiasco, (Telegraph)

Maybe it's untrue that Hector Sants was named after a mournful-looking basset hound from a 1970s kids programme, writes Alistair Osborne.

5. Spotify’s $4 billion pitch sounds high (Reuters)

Spotify’s pitch to prospective shareholders looks ambitious, writes Quentin Webb.