Daily Archives: August 20, 2013

China to give reporters live TV coverage of Bo trial: media

JINAN, China (Reuters) – The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be televised live to reporters in eastern China, a Hong Kong-based broadcaster said, a landmark move by authorities to appear transparent as they put a lid on the country’s biggest political scandal in decades. read more

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MTN to compensate customers

Mr Paarock Vanpercy (left), Director General of the NCA; Mr Serame Taukobong, MTN CEO.

Ghana’s largest mobile network, MTN, says it will offer a percentage of its service charge to compensate its subscribers who were affected by network disruptions last week.

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Legality of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Egypt questioned

Egypt: The Egyptian cabinet has asked the ministries of investment, telecommunication and media and information to examine the legality of the Al-Jazeera Mubasher Egypt channel operating in the country, Daily News Egypt has reported. The request was triggered by the resentment that the people have against Al-Jazeera after broadcasts “threatening national security, stability and unity,” a statement from the cabinet said. [AMEInfo.com]

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Asia stocks slip anew, can't escape Fed fears

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets came under renewed pressure on Wednesday as investors worried that minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July policy meeting would only add to suspicions it will start scaling back stimulus from September. read more

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NSA surveillance covers 75 percent of U.S. Internet traffic: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Security Agency’s surveillance network has the capacity to reach around 75 percent of all U.S. Internet communications in the hunt for foreign intelligence, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. read more

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Facebook And 6 Phone Makers Launch Internet.org To Bring Affordable Access To Everyone

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Facebook has just announced a partnership with Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, and Qualcomm to launch Internet.org, a project aimed at bringing affordable Internet access to the five billion people without it. The companies will work together on data-compression technologies and cheap, high quality smartphones to make the web cheaper. read more

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Parliament reprimands, suspends Pule

Following the scandal that saw her boyfriend benefit from state funding.

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Tech In A “Surprising Slump”? Hardly

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What is the forecast for tech? It depends on whom you ask. For some, it’s contraction. For others, the money is flowing. Cisco is in the tank and has layoffs planned, even as Microsoft mints new billion-dollar businesses. Yahoo can’t keep its hands off the kids. Some companies are cribbing business models from Asia to monetize their social products. read more

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Consumer protection policy planned for Ghana

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye

The government is drafting a Consumer Protection Policy aimed at protecting consumers from unfair trade practices that can adversely affect their health, safety and economic interest.

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PNIC awards brokerage firms

The Premier Networking Investment Club (PNIC), a business networking and investment club committed to the promotion of investor education, has presented various awards to 13 brokerage investment firms and five individuals at this year’s Ghana Investment Awards (GIA).

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Japan to raise severity rating for Fukushima leaks to level 3

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will raise the severity rating of a recent toxic water leak at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant to level 3, or “serious incident”, on an international scale for radiological releases, underlining the deepening sense of crisis at the site. read more

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Xbox One Vs. PS4 Full Launch Line-Up

The full launch line-up for both ‘s Xbox One and ‘s PS4 have been revealed, though more games could be added and it’s always possible that some of these games could be delayed.

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Starlife lauded for prompt claims payment

An indigenous life insurance underwriter, StarLife Assurance, has paid GH¢11,678.83 to the family of Regina Atsu, a nurse at the Comboni Hospital at Sogakope who died after a short illness.

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Layoffs Taboo, Japan Workers Are Sent to the Boredom Room

Facing a sluggish economy and increasing competition, Japan’s prime minister and major companies want to reduce longstanding restrictions on dismissing full-time workers. read more

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