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2019 will be a critical year for Southeast Asian tech start-ups

2019 will be a critical year for Southeast Asian tech start-ups

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With a rising middle class and a booming tech startup scene, Southeast Asia (SEA) sits where China did 10 years ago — on the cusp of a major economic boom fueled by the tech industry. The only questions over the last few years have been: When will the tipping point be reached, and when will…
An Economist Is In Hot Water For Suggesting That Chinese Women Take Multiple Husbands. A 2017 Novel Imagined This.

An Economist Is In Hot Water For Suggesting That Chinese Women...

As reported in English by SupChina and picked up by international publications including the Washington Post, Malaysia-born economist Yew-Kwang Ng (also known as Youguang Huang) has proposed a controversial solution to China’s skewed gender ratio. This imbalance is an outgrowth of the country’s one-child policy, which ended in 2015, combined with a preference for sons.…
China’s president wishes to make the web ‘fairer’– for China

China’s president wishes to make the web ‘fairer’– for China

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China’s stranglehold on its citizens’ internet usage is notorious, and now the officials in charge of it are gathered at China’s main internet conference in Wuzhen. Today, President Xi Jinping called for greater global cooperation in making the internet fairer in a speech that was read on his behalf at the conference, Reuters reports. “There…
Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than driving

Japan is significantly leasing cars and trucks for whatever other than...

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Tokyo-based media outlet The Asahi Shimbun’s Takeho Morita published a quintessentially Japanese story last week: many people who rent cars through vehicle-sharing services across the country don’t drive them at all. Instead, they use them to take naps, making business calls, catching up privately with friends, eating lunch, – and according to a 2018 survey…
Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot them

Tencent’s Chinese PUBG dupe has opponents who wave after you shoot...

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Tencent revealed this week it would be pulling its test version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market. Instead, it’s going to publish a similar but more, um, approachable app called “Game for Peace.” Tencent announced it was pulling back the test version of PUBG it’d released to Chinese gamers. Shortly thereafter, it announced the release of Game for Peace. According…
China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge API

China’s social credit system isn’t about scoring people– it’s a huge...

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China’s emerging social credit system (SCS): rarely has a topic been more hotly discussed, and more poorly understood. When most people think about the SCS, they imagine it primarily as a scoring mechanism, a way for the central government to rank China’s citizens and companies based on their behavior. But that’s a skewed misconception of what…
A Rare Kind Of Solar Eclipse Is Happening This Weekend During Asia’s Lockdown. Will Anyone See It?

A Rare Kind Of Solar Eclipse Is Happening This Weekend During...

MUMBAI, INDIA - DECEMBER 26: A physically disabled man sees the Partial Solar Eclipse from the ... [+] goggles from outside the Mumbai CSMT station, on December 26, 2019 in Mumbai, India. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the earth and the sun and when all the three bodies are aligned.…
Could Sunlight And Heat In Your Car Be A Weapon Against Coronavirus On Packages And Masks?

Could Sunlight And Heat In Your Car Be A Weapon Against...

Every year, we hear unfortunate stories about kids being left in cars. Hot cars are one of the most dangerous places to leave a human being, cellphone or pet. However, could that same car heat that make a car so dangerous be useful in the fight against coronavirus? Here’s an explanation, but before that discussion,…
Indian Billionaire Claims His New Herbal Concoction Is A ‘100% Cure’ For Covid-19, But Experts Disagree

Indian Billionaire Claims His New Herbal Concoction Is A ‘100% Cure’...

Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev (L) and Patanjali Ayurveda Managing Director Acharya Balkrishna answer ... [+] questions during a press conference in New Delhi on January 16, 2018. MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images Amid a worldwide race to discover a drug to treat Covid-19, Patanjali Ayurved, an Indian maker of herbal products, made the sensational…
Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger Chinese state-sponsored attack

Starwood breach impacting 500 m users apparently part of a bigger...

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Remember that massive breach of the Mariott-owned Starwood hotel chain from last month, which saw 500 million users’ data stolen? The New York Times reports that the intrusion was part of a larger state-sponsored intelligence-gathering effort spurred on by China‘s spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. China was suspected to be behind the attack…

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