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Blockbusters dominate Asian Film Awards nominations

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – This year’s Asian Film Awards have brought out the big guns by nominating three Chinese-language blockbusters in a slew of categories and four productions which have also been put forward for Oscars consideration. The 6th AFAs will be announced...
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Wikipedia, Google protest Internet bills

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Wikipedia went dark, Google blotted out its logo and other popular websites planned protests on Wednesday to voice concern over legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy. Wikipedia shut down the English version of its online...
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China’s wealthy favor French brands for gifts

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – Gift-giving has long been an integral part of life in mainland China — regardless of the murky area of motives when it occurs in the world of business — and now a new survey has lifted the lid on just what it is the country’s rich...

Japan plans enhanced GPS system

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – Japan is working on a new global positioning system that will be 10 times more accurate than the system that is currently in use and will be able to pinpoint a location down to just one meter. At present, Japan uses an American-made system for GPS...

‘Smart TVs’ offer new windows onto the Internet

(LAS VEGAS-AFP) – Goodbye boob tube. Hello smart TV. The world’s obsession with tapping into the Internet is being played out on the biggest screen in the house, with software startups, TV makers, and technology titans such as Google and Microsoft adding momentum to...
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China’s Internet population hits 513 million

(BEIJING-AFP) – The number of Internet users in China rose last year by nearly 56 million to more than half a billion, nearly half of whom used weibos, or microblogs, according to official figures released Monday. China’s online population — the world’s...

Apple suspends iPhone sales at China stores

BEIJING-AFP) – Apple said Friday it was suspending sales of the new iPhone at its China stores after fans desperate to get their hands on it fought with security and threw eggs at an official outlet. Police detained at least two people outside the Beijing shop on Friday...
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Popular gas-hybrid remains Japan’s top-selling car

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – The hugely popular Prius gas-electric hybrid was the best-selling car in Japan again in 2011, with the Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle holding the top spot for the third straight year. A total of 252,528 units of the Prius were sold over the year, thanks in...
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Mormons believe US ready for first Mormon president

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2012 (AFP) – Most Mormons believe Americans are ready to elect the first Mormon president in the upcoming election, according to results of a Pew Research Center survey announced Thursday. The Pew Research Center, a public policy research foundation,...
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San Miguel buys busiest Philippine toll road

MANILA, January 11, 2012 (AFP) – San Miguel Corp., one of the Philippines’ top conglomerates, said Wednesday it had taken control of the country’s busiest toll road system after buying into Malaysian and Indonesian operators. The company told the stock exchange...