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China's hottest investment: overpriced sneakers

Shanghai - Forget stocks, real estate, even cryptocurrencies -- China's hottest investment nowadays may be the Nike, Adidas, and Puma basketball shoes that "sneakerheads" like Hu Huaiyuan fight to get their hands on.

Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi

New Delhi - Heavily pregnant Rachel Gokavi spends most days shut away in her New Delhi home, desperate to shield her unborn child from the toxic air blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

Pokemon Go maker Niantic making a game of the world

San Francisco - Pokemon Go maker Niantic on Wednesday moved closer to turning the world into a giant game board in a fun mix of fantasy and reality.

New Facebook logo arrives as its 'family' grows

San Francisco - Facebook on Monday unveiled a new logo to represent the Silicon Valley company, distinct from its core social network.

Apple TV+ seeks stardom on streaming service stage

San Francisco - Apple moves into new territory Friday with a streaming television service that features a budding library of original shows starring big-name celebrities, aimed at winning over its gadget lovers at home and on the go.

New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

New York - New York can stake a claim to being the culinary capital of the world, but one famous dish is about to be taken off the menu: foie gras.The city council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to ban the sale of the French delicacy from 2022.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profit over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue grew 20 percent to $40.

Google parent Alphabet profits slip amid bigger investments

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for the launch of a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue that 20 percent to $40.

Streaming TV gears up for ad targeting

Washington - In the new world of streaming television, advertising is not going away, but is evolving to become more like marketing on the internet -- targeted to specific groups or individuals.

Speedy delivery hits Amazon's bottom line; shares slump

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts as it poured money into speeding up delivery time to just a day.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

Amazon shares hit by earnings disappointment

San Francisco - Amazon on Thursday reported that quarterly profits shy of Wall Street forecasts, sending shares of the tech giant tumbling in after-market trades.Net income slid 27 percent from last year to $2.

The pirarucu: the giant prized fish of the Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - Its white flesh is tender and tasty, it can measure up to three meters long and weigh more than 200 kilograms: meet the pirarucu, one of the world's largest freshwater fish, and native to the Amazon.

Netflix revs up growth as streaming TV war looms

San Francisco - Netflix shares rallied Wednesday after its latest quarterly update showed robust subscriber growth and better-than-expected profits ahead of a major escalation in the streaming television war.

Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

New York - Google stepped up its smartphone ambitions Tuesday with updated Pixel handsets, touting a move toward computing with a simple hand wave or spoken command.

Tourists rail against Hanoi 'train street' ban

Hanoi - Selfie-snapping tourists railed against the closure of Hanoi's 'train street' on Thursday after police blocked off the Instragram-famous tracks for safety reasons.

Drowning rocks Mexico's idyllic floating gardens

Mexico - Noe Carmona is poling his small boat around Mexico City's floating garden district, Xochimilco, trying to sell roasted corn to tourists in the colorful gondolas that lazily ply the canals.

Twin-screen Duo puts Microsoft back in smartphone game

San Francisco - Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new Surface devices with twin-screens that open like books, including a notepad-sized version that will put it back in the smartphone game next year.

More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice

Seattle - Amazon unveiled a lineup of new Alexa-powered products on Wednesday extending from homes and cars to wearable devices, and a celebrity voice option for the popular digital assistant.

More chores for Amazon's Alexa, and a new (celebrity) voice

Seattle - Amazon unveiled a lineup of new Alexa-powered products on Wednesday extending from homes and cars to wearable devices, and a celebrity voice option for the popular digital assistant.

Paris fashion week braces for climate protests, absent star

Paris - Paris women's fashion week is bracing itself for climate change and animals rights protests as it starts Monday, with one of its biggest stars -- Virgil Abloh -- missing.

Facebook plays to social ties with Portal smart-screen

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday unveiled second-generation Portal smart screens, touting them as a way to stay connected to loved ones at the leading social network.

Flying the green flag at Milan fashion week

Milan - The world's top designers and influencers head to Milan on Wednesday for a week of glitzy catwalk shows from global brands that have begun swapping climate-destroying luxuries for ecologically-friendly fashion.

Zuckerberg: new Facebook panel can overrule him

San Francisco - Facebook said Tuesday it has finalized its charter for its "independent oversight board," giving the panel the authority to overrule chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on questions of appropriate content.

The happiest states in America revealed

Some places are ‘happier’ than others, albeit with ‘happiness’ being difficult to define and needing to be assessed using different criteria. A new study by WalletHub gets into the detail of the ‘happiest’ states in the U.S.

Extinction Rebellion targets Victoria Beckham's London fashion show

London - Victoria Beckham unveiled a timelessly chic collection in the ornate court of Britain's Foreign Office on Sunday as environmental demonstrators shut the road outside to protest waste created by fast fashion.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Washington - The backlash against Big Tech moved into a new phase Monday as officials from nearly all US states announced an antitrust investigation into the dominance of internet giant Google.

Office sharing startup WeWork plans to cut valuation to below $20 bn

New York - Fast-growing office-sharing startup WeWork plans to again cut its valuation, this time to below $20 billion, and is under pressure from some investors to postpone its stock market debut, sources said Sunday.
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