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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Taxihero – Hong Kong's upcoming taxi-hailing app reverses the business model

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 09:47am by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... or rush hour, locates a taxi for you, for free, and sends it racing to wherever you are. Well you can try, but they have not signed up enough of Hong Kong’s 18,000 taxis yet.  But it’s happening, ... where you are going via google maps and GPS on your trusty smartphone and hey presto, your personal taxi hero will message you: “Congratulations, you’ve found your taxi!” He or she ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1334349/taxihero-hong-kongs-upcoming-taxi-hailing-app-reverses-business-model
  2. News - World

    British cabinet kept in the dark over vast spying programmes

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Former British minister, Chris Huhne, says he was in ‘utter ignorance’ of Prism and Tempora and calls for tighter oversight of security services Ministers ... headquarters, already had remarkable and extensive snooping capabilities. He said this lack of information and accountability showed “the supervisory arrangements for our intelligence services need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1326335/british-cabinet-kept-dark-over-vast-spying-programmes
  3. Lifestyle - Health

    Living near an airport could increase risk of strokes and heart disease

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 01:09pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service US and UK studies find people living near airports more likely to suffer stroke, coronary and cardiovascular disease People who live close to an airport and are exposed to constant loud noise may face an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research from the UK and the US published on Tuesday. A study published online by the British ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1327836/living-near-airport-could-increase-risk-strokes-and-heart-disease
  4. Business - Economy

    What does the US government shutdown mean for the global economy?

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 12:30pm by Guardian News Service

    ... The Guardian The US dollar is down, and a prolonged crisis could damage consumer spending, confidence and China’s attitude to US debt How have financial markets reacted to news of the shutdown? After declining seven out of the past eight sessions on conce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1322755/what-does-us-government-shutdown-mean-global-economy
  5. News - World

    Iran passes new bill that lets men marry adopted daughters

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:37pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Human rights activists say approved bill, making girls vulnerable to the ruling from age 13, ‘legalises paedophilia’ Parliamentarians in Iran have passed a bill to protect the rights of children which includes a clause that allows a man to marry his adopted daughter - including while she is as young as 13 years. Activists have expressed alarm that the bill, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318964/iran-passes-new-bill-lets-men-marry-adopted-daughters
  6. News - World

    Spain considers saying adios to the siesta

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 11:53am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Spanish campaigners push for end to timezone anomaly, claiming it would boost productivity and improve civil society It’s 10.30am, and Fernando, a civil servant in his late 40s, sits down to a cafe con leche, the sports pages and a cigarette in Madrid’s Plaza del Rey. At work since 9am, he is taking his routine morning break. It’s a ritual you see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318935/spain-considers-saying-adios-siesta
  7. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    App-based global taxi service Uber sued over fatal California crash

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 09:39pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in San Francisco App-based taxi service sued over fatal crash The family of a young girl killed by a driver affiliated with Uber, a fast-growing global app-based taxi service, has ... multiple herniated discs after an Uber driver hit her last year. Uber X is a lower-cost version of the service, with drivers using everyday vehicles, rather than black limousines. Monday's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1415855/app-based-global-taxi-service-uber-sued-over-fatal-california-crash
  8. News - China

    Growing trend of Hollywood’s ‘artistic surrender’ to please China

    Posted May 31st 2013, 02:05pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Kow-towing to China has become a reflex for US film studios in search of a piece of the booming - and lucrative - Chinese market In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, “nobody knows anything”. Now, however, everybody knows at least one thing: whatever you do, be nice to China. If your movie features a Chinese villain, change his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1250448/growing-trend-hollywoods-artistic-surrender-please-china
  9. News - World

    Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:19pm by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Researchers highlight danger of data abuse Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political ... and services that respect their privacy Michal Kosinski, lead Cambridge University analyst  Michal Kosinski, one of the academics behind the study, said he believed Facebook users would be “spooked” ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189145/be-careful-what-you-facebook-users-reveal-secrets-study-shows
  10. News - China

    China imprisons four men for selling dead brides for ‘ghost marriages’

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 09:43am by Guardian News Service

    ... Guardian News Service Court jails men for digging up and selling bodies in afterlife custom of matching dead women to deceased bachelors A county court in central China has sentenced four men to prison for digging up and selling corpses on the black market to enable “ghost marriages”, a millennia-old custom of burying deceased bachelors alongside newly deceased wives so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1178828/china-imprisons-four-men-selling-dead-brides-ghost-marriages

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