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Japanese Products That Sound Awful In English

Japan has come up with some truly fantastic English product names. "PlayStation", for example, is terrific. Then, there are some product names that …

NYU student detained by North Korea speaks out

CNN's Will Ripley in an exclusive interview speaks with Won-moon Joo, a student from New York University, who is being detained in North Korea.

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Apple Urging Music Labels to Stop Licensing Free Songs on Spotify and YouTube

Apple has been leveraging its power within the music industry in an attempt to push music labels to stop licensing freemium tiers offered by Spotify and other streaming music services, according to <i>The Verge</i>. The company has also reportedly offered to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal …

SKorean prosecutors to arrest 'nut rage' official

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors are seeking to arrest the former executive at Korean Air Lines Co. who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case.<p>Seoul Western Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday that …

Uber is Sorry About Raising Fares During the Sydney Siege

Uber Australia has issued an apology for raising its fares in Sydney during a hostage situation in the city’s central business district, reports Mashable.<p>When Man Haron Monis took 17 people hostage at a Lindt cafe in Martin Place last week, Uber’s cab fares surged to four times their usual, making …

NYT: Apple declined offer from Sony Pictures to stream ‘The Interview’ on iTunes

<b>Update</b>: Sony has now announced that “The Interview” will be available on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video today, December 24th, at 1PM Eastern. The film will cost $14.99 to own or $5.99 to rent. Google Play Movies & TV is available for iOS on the App Store.<p>The New York Times reported earlier …

Uber CEO faces two years in prison for operating illegal taxi service in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors have indicted the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, for operating an illegal taxi service in the country. The formal accusation against Kalanick and another man, a local rental car service operator, was made without physical detention. <i>Yonhap News</i> says that violators of the …

Japan restaurant bans couples on Christmas Eve

Tokyo restaurant claims that singles would be reminded of their loneliness by happy couples<p>A restaurant in Tokyo has announced that it will refuse to serve couples on Christmas Eve because their happiness would serve to remind single members of staff of their loneliness.<p>The owner of PiaPia, a pasta …