• This Is How Sim Lim Square Plans To “Shame” Dishonest Retailers

    Previously a well-known haven for bargains on IT gadgets and electronics, the reputation of Sim Lim Square has taken several hits since last year. First came the Jover Chew saga last November, where a viral video of a Vietnamese tourist begging for a refund from Mobile Air owner Jover Chew sparked outrage among local netizens. Next came a blitz of complaints directed at another Sim Lim retailer, Ziming Global.

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  • What Happens When a Harvard Engineer Gets Robbed?

    He designs a smarter home security system—without contracts, installation fees or sneaky salesmen. Discover a smarter way to protect your home today.

  • “We Were Actually Very Silly”: Billionaire Jack Ma On Success, Luck & Speaking Harsh Truths

    The driving force behind e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, Jack Ma’s meteoric rise from humble origins to self-made billionaire has captured the awe, imagination and respect of entrepreneurs all over the world. It’s always worthwhile trying to soak up some life lessons from the great men of today, so we’ve sifted through the latest book of his words, 《马云内部讲话:相信明天》 (Jack Ma’s Internal Speeches: Trust In Tomorrow), to bring you some choice quotes on entrepreneurship, success and the values one should uphold.

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  • Pregnancy didn’t stop this entrepreneur from bringing her media startup to $1M revenue

    News of startups raising funds has become so common that a newbie to the scene might assume that it is a compulsory step on a fledgling company’s path to success. Today’s entrepreneurs tend to perceive bootstrapping as a slow, cumbersome, and unexciting route. Tell that to Chris Edwards.

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  • Sterling will see out Liverpool contract - Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite claims made by the winger's agent that the England international will snub any new deal. Sterling's future has been the subject of intense media scrutiny since he put contract talks on hold with his agent Aidy Ward saying this week that the 20-year-old would not extend his stay even if he was offered 900,000 pounds ($1.41 million) a week. Liverpool scrapped a meeting with Sterling on Friday to discuss his future following Ward's comments but Rodgers expects talks to resume after this weekend's final game of the season at Stoke City.

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  • 'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed

    The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said, handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for two years.

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  • Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

    Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of. Nearly 3,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have been rescued or swum to shore in recent days in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, after a Thai crackdown on long-established human-trafficking routes threw the illicit trade into chaos. The three nations had sparked outrage by turning away some vessels, but on Wednesday Indonesia and Malaysia relented, saying they would no longer drive boats away and would give migrants temporary shelter.

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  • Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall, says Sharapova

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Predicting Rafa Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday. For the first time in the build-up to the tournament Nadal has failed to win a claycourt title in Europe, his best result being a defeat in the final of the Madrid Masters against Briton Andy Murray this month. "Everyone expects so much of Rafa at this time of the year.

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  • Matt LeBlanc: I hope Joey’s happy

    Matt LeBlanc hopes Joey Tribbiani is "happy in Hollywood". Joey was one of the six main characters of smash hit show Friends, which made household names out of its stars, including Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox. Making money as an actor somewhere in Hollywood – that’s where we left him," Matt told British magazine ShortList when they asked where he thought Joey was.

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  • Sold! to the man with $12,400: a pair of Japanese melons

    A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. The figure -- enough to buy a brand new car in Japan -- is some way short of the record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 2.5 million yen last year.

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  • China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

    All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours. One company is sending 12,700 salespeople to Thailand on a tour that continues until next week. Earlier this month, a medicinal products group sent 6,000 of its representatives to France where they set a world record by massing the most people to spell out a phrase that included their own firm's name.

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  • Singapore’s Gushcloud gets acquired. Is it really a win for the company?

    It’s a pattern I see all the time. Startup gets acquired. Startup sends out press release trumpeting the news. Journalists like myself lap it up. Cue congratulatory messages for the founders on Facebook. Surely it’s a win for the entrepreneurs and employees

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  • Taylor Swift ‘confronts Calvin over women’

    Taylor Swift is “in denial about how serious” boyfriend Calvin Harris is taking their relationship, it has been claimed. “[Calvin] talked his way out of trouble,” a source told American magazine Star. “Calvin is acting like it’s no big deal, and Taylor believes him.

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  • The 10 most important things in the world right now

    The Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20, 2015. 1. Islamic State fighters have seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and now control the nearby airport, prison and intelligence headquarters. 2. Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho, who was sentenced in February to one year in jail after an outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts, was released Friday on appeal.

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  • Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership vote

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday warned European Union leaders there will be a rough road ahead as his nation is seeking a drastic reform of the bloc's policies ahead of a referendum on whether to leave. In his first meeting with EU counterparts since his election victory earlier this month, Cameron said that "there will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way." He has said that if Brussels refuses to budge on some essential demands, it could mean a so-called Brexit, the term for a potential British exit from the EU. Cameron has pledged to hold a national vote before the end of 2017 on whether Britain should leave the EU.

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  • Students sue over 'forced' vaginal probes: lawsuit

    Two former college students are suing a Florida medical college, alleging they were forced to undergo frequent transvaginal probes during classroom training as part of their studies. A federal lawsuit filed by the unnamed women in Orlando accuses Valencia College employees of ordering them to undergo the procedures or risk having their grades reduced. "Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not," the lawsuit said.

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  • Singapore Airlines unveils premium economy class service

    Singapore Airlines is to offer a premium economy class service as of August, with its main target of attracting premium leisure travelers and small and medium enterprise (SME) business travelers. Singapore Airlines executive vice president of commercials Mak Swee Wah said the service, which had been developed over the past two years, was aimed at catering to travelers who were looking for a more flexible and comfortable option than economy class, but at a slightly lower price than business class. “The new premium economy class will provide passengers with more comfort and in-flight amenities than the usual economy class service.

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  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century — aims to make inroads in the United States. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver-based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. It's too soon to know if Americans will embrace tuk-tuks, but Michael Fox, director of sales and marketing for eTuk USA, says the company has been selling the vehicles across the country to individuals, marketing companies and food vendors for between $16,950 and $25,000, depending on how they are customized.

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  • US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds: report

    The United States plotted to find Osama bin Laden by concealing tracking devices in medical supplies, possibly through Red Cross hospitals, a report said Thursday, citing documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden. The Intercept news site quoted from a National Security Agency slide presentation dated June 2010 which discussed the possibility of going from "Pharma to Target" by penetrating "the non-electronic moat" that protected bin Laden from surveillance in his Pakistan hideout. Titled "Medical Pattern of Life: Targeting High Value Individual #1," the presentation cites CIA reports on the Al-Qaeda chief's poor health and invokes a scenario in which spy agencies target the "supply chain" of likely medicine and equipment destined for bin Laden.

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  • Maldini beats Beckham to Miami club

    Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini has beaten England icon David Beckham to the punch in launching a professional football club in Miami. As Beckham's plans for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami remain in limbo, Maldini announced Thursday he was joining entrepeneur Riccardo Silva in launching Miami FC to begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016.

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  • Elizabeth Banks: It was lust at first sight with hubby

    Elizabeth Banks thought it was just "lust" when she first she met her husband. The 41-year-old actress tied the knot with her other half Max Handelman in 2003, over a decade after she met him on her first day at the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth never expected him to be the man she would settle down with for the long-run.

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