'While the entry of foreign funds is a plus sign for the stock market and the economy, they are double-bladed, especially when they tend to exit like a flock of birds' - Philippine Stock Exchange president Jose Luis Yulo on foreign funds. 'They're both losers - put together two losers and you still get a loser' - one money manager in Tokyo on the slump in bank shares after Hokkaido Takushoku Bank and Hokkaido Bank said they would postpone their merger until October next year. 'I had my head in the refrigerator very early in the morning and discovered my computer had connected itself to the Internet' - one beta tester grabbing a midnight snack on Microsoft Corp's forthcoming Web browser, which sometimes phones home by itself at odd hours. The 'ghost' calls are made to a user's Internet provider, which is usually a toll-free call. 'Even if the state-owned sector accounts for a smaller proportion of the economy, this will not affect the socialist nature of our country' - Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin announcing China's biggest reforms for almost 20 years.