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Clean air dealers are cashing in on China’s pollution problem

Harrison Wang may be the only person in China disappointed when the smog lifts.<p>But on a rainy day in Beijing, he has hope. The forecast suggests the country's dark veil of thick air will be back soon. "It's supposed to be superbad tomorrow, and for three or four days," the 33-year-old …

Iranian actress 'branded immoral' for posting pictures without hijab

Sadaf Taherian sparks outrage in her home country after sharing images of herself on Instagram<p>Sadaf Taherian, an Iranian actress, has caused controversy in her home country by posting pictures of herself on social media not wearing a hijab.<p>The Iranian government reportedly called her "immoral" and …

Social Media
China
China
Africa

Alphabet's Wi-Fi beaming balloons prepare to lift off in Indonesia

Google's parent company wants to connect remote regions to the Internet. Next stop: Southeast Asia.<p>MOUNTAIN VIEW, California -- Alphabet's Project Loon is one step closer to taking flight.<p>The project uses high-flying balloons to beam Wi-Fi access to remote areas of the globe. Alphabet, the new …

Arctic Circle
Asia

Madhumita Murgia: Silicon Valley hype can really hurt health startups

Silicon Valley's tendency to hype startups is ok if it's a consumer app - but not with biotech, which needs time and patience<p>In a rare case of Silicon Valley scandal, among the relentlessly positive stories of teenage billionaires and disease-curing apps, 31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes, chief …

Silicon Valley

Tories apply specific criteria for refugees

Canada is prioritizing some refugees based on characteristics that include their religion, the age of their children and whether they have a business background, using increasingly specific criteria over the past year.<p>These criteria are used in a complex triage that attempts to put some groups at …

Doctors' app scares people from their screens -- for their own good

Technically Incorrect: A group of Belgian optometrists say that you need to regularly avert your eyes from the screen. So they create an app that regularly sends you disturbing images.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Sometimes, the only …

Darth Vader

London Mayor Boris Johnson claims Uber is breaking the law

Last week, London regulator TfL published a series of strict new rules for private hire services, many of which appear to be targeting Uber. The Californian company is also in the High Court this week, over whether the app can be considered a "taximeter" — and is, therefore, breaking the law.<p>Since …

Boris Johnson

Federal court rejects Ottawa's bid to suspend niqab ruling

The Conservative government's bid to stop a Muslim woman from wearing a face veil while taking the oath of citizenship appears to have failed, after the Federal Court of Appeal refused to suspend its ruling from last month that the government's policy is illegal.<p>The niqab issue has become pivotal …

Air France bosses have shirts ripped from their backs as they escape furious employee mob

Xavier Broseta, assistant HR manager, flees crowd after 3,000 job cuts announced at airline<p>Two senior executives of Air France had their shirts ripped off their backs after being cornered by a furious mob protesting against job cuts at the airline.<p>Assistant HR director Xavier Broseta found himself …

Babysitter spared jail after having sex with boy aged 11

'Immature' Jade Hatt, 21, avoids prison for having intercourse with 'sex-mad' youngster who was 'fully up for experience' when he had day off school<p>A babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy was spared jail after a judge declared that her immaturity "narrowed the arithmetic age gap" between …

Sociology

Australians Are Disgusted At The American Response To The Oregon Gun Massacre

In 1996, a gunman opened fire at a popular tourist destination on the Australian island of Tasmania. Using a semiautomatic rifle, he killed 35 people.<p>…

Foreign Policy

Canadians take to Twitter to report ‘barbaric cultural practices’ to government

Canadians are taking to Twitter to slam a recent election announcement from the Tories.<p>At a news conference on Friday Immigration Minister Chris …

Canada

'We can change the future': Canadian Mrs. Universe urges First Nations people to vote

A Canadian First Nations woman who won this year's Mrs. Universe pageant is urging indigenous people to vote in the October federal election because …

Canada

Tor browser co-creator: Experian breach shows encryption may not be security panacea

The Experian/T-Mobile hack may be more worrisome than Experian’s carefully worded description of it suggests, some security experts said Friday.<p>One is the co-creator of the Tor secure browser, David Goldschlag, (now SVP of strategy at Pulse Secure). Goldschlag previously was head of mobile at …

In Assad’s heartland, villagers see Russians as saviours

Many Syrians in Tartus and Latakia view Vladimir Putin as a loyal friend who will deliver end to war<p>The village of Jebleh is a good place for plane-spotters. Last week dozens of Russian fighter-bombers – Sukhoi Su-24s, 25s and 35s – took off from the Bassel al-Assad airbase less than a mile away, …

Middle East

LinkedIn pays big after class action lawsuit over user emails

The company known for using reminder emails to get you to use its professional networking service will now have to pay a hefty sum for taking the …

Iran puts on a grand ceremony for dead pilgrims returning from Mecca stampede

Video from Iran's state TV shows the Iranian government paying tribute to the pilgrims who died in the Hajj<p>The first plane carrying bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia arrived in Tehran, nine days after the disaster that escalated tensions between the two regional …

South Asia

Marijuana ‘infinitely worse’ than tobacco, should be discouraged: Harper

Marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says.<p>The remarks come the morning after the federal leaders' French-language debate, in which Harper's clash with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the issue of …

Canada

$2 billion startup GitHub's next mission: Turn you into a programmer

To date, GitHub has racked up 11 million registered users, over 36 million unique visitors every month, $350 million in venture funding, and a $2 billion valuation.<p>With over 21.1 million code "repositories" at last count, GitHub hosts more software source code than any other single service in the …

Startups

A Hunter On Gun Control: 'We Want Something To Change'

After Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college, which left nine people dead and more injured, President Obama aired his frustration over gun laws in the U.S. At a news conference Friday, he called on voters to push their representatives to take action.<p>"You just have to, for a while, …

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