• Philippines' biggest telco's profit falls amid digital struggles

    Philippine Long Distance Telephone Tuesday reported lower quarterly net profit and revenue as more subscribers abandoned texting and traditional phones in favour of smartphones with a wider range of online services. April-June net profit fell five percent from a year earlier to 18.9 billion pesos ($414.2 million), as the country's largest telecommunications firm spent more on Internet infrastructure to replace an older system that now brings in less money. "The rapid decline in our toll revenues continues to bear down heavily on our medium-term revenue growth, with the onslaught of the Internet causing adverse substitution," chairman Manuel Pangilinan told reporters.

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  • Under pressure over 1MDB probe, MACC seeks divine intervention to save people ‘going to hell’

    PUTRAJAYA, August 4 ― Troubled by uncertainty over its future investigations into state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the country’s graftbusters held a special Islamic prayer session here today seeking Allah’s guidance to perform their duty and prevent people for the sin of corruption that would land them in hell. Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar, the retiring deputy chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC), said today that their work is all part of their duty to abide by Allah's will to shield people from the sin of corruption. “The Prophet said givers and takers of bribes will go to hell... so we can prevent people from going to hell,” he told journalists briefly after leading MACC officers in a special prayer session for divine intervention here.

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  • Kylie Jenner Dons Bikini, Poses Hard

    Kylie Jenner has posted yet another picture of herself looking hot in a bikini. The body confident Kardashian – who is about to turn 18 – posted the anything but subtle snap while getting ready for a ‘pool day’ with her sister Kourtney. On the same day, Kylie moved over to SnapChat to post another photo in which she reckons she’s not wearing any make-up – but still looks amazing, so that’s fine.

  • Are Katy Perry And John Mayer Back Together Again For The 234th Time?

    Forgive us if you think you’ve heard this one before, but Katy Perry and John Mayer are - you’ve guessed it - back ON. The pair were spotted on holiday in Yellowstone National Park, which isn’t your usual celeb holiday hotspot, and witnesses told The Sun that the on-off-on-off-we’velosttrack couple appeared “head-over-heels” in love. The couple - that’s Katy and John - have been together since 2008, but have broken up more times than we’ve had hot dinners (well, nearly, this is the fourth time they’ve split/reunited and we’ve had at least six hot dinners in that time).

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  • Watch: Virgin Atlantic Plane Overtaken By ‘UFO’ Over Skies Of New York

    This is the spooky moment a jumbo jet taking off from New York was seemingly overtaken in the air by a UFO. The incredible footage shows the Virgin Atlantic plane flying from JFK airport before a mystery object is seen in the distance flying quickly past it.

  • Head of $11 bn Chinese state firm found hanged amid graft probe

    The head of a multi-billion-dollar state-owned Chinese heavy machinery manufacturer was found hanging in his office as anti-corruption investigators probed his firm, state media said Tuesday. Police believe Wu Shengfu, 51, the general manager of China First Heavy Industries (CFHI), killed himself, the official Xinhua news agency reported. CFHI makes machinery for purposes ranging from nuclear power equipment to petrochemical and auto manufacturing.

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  • Ambiga: Who donated RM2.6b to Najib?

    Prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan urged Malaysia’s graftbusters today to reveal the source of the RM2.6 billion that they claimed had been deposited by “donors” into Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts. According to Ambiga, if the donations had come from a foreign source, it would likely be in breach of several laws, including those covering money laundering. In my view, the statement by MACC still causes me concern as it means whoever donated such large sums is likely to expect benefit,” said the former Bar Council president, using the acronym for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

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  • Jurassic World Director Reveals Terrifying Possible Sequel Plot

    Instead, the scope for breeding dinosaurs could be thrown wide open, meaning that other companies other than InGen, the conglomerate behind Jurassic World, could start their own genetic breeding programs.

  • South China Sea tensions flare at Asia security talks

    Southeast Asian diplomats said Tuesday that China's controversial island-building drive is raising regional tensions, with the Philippines slamming its "unilateral and aggressive activities". The US and some Southeast Asian states have watched with growing alarm as Beijing expands tiny reefs in the South China Sea, topping some with military posts to reinforce its disputed claims over the strategic waters and fanning fears of future conflict. The flashpoint issue has taken centre stage at the annual security forum hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that began Tuesday.

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  • Sherwood backs Veretout to make a difference at Villa

    The 22-year-old recently joined Villa from Ligue 1 club Nantes on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee reported in British media to be around seven million pounds ($10.9 million). "Jordan gives us something different to the other guys," Veretout was quoted as saying on the club's website (www.avfc.co.uk).

  • GrabTaxi CTO leaves after just one year

    Wei Zhu, CTO at taxi aggregator startup GrabTaxi, has left the company, according to a post on his Facebook page. According to Zhu, he has been with the company for about a year, but GrabTaxi announced his hiring last April together with the establishment of its new research & development center in Singapore. Its engineers are in Singapore, Beijing, and Ho Chi Minh City.

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  • World’s Longest Water Slide Is So Long You’ll Be Bored By The End

    Good to see they’ve been keeping busy over at Action Park in New Jersey where they’ve built a 2,000ft waterslide - the world’s longest, by the Guinness Book of World Records’ reckoning. The megaslide took 600 working hours to build and uses up 1,000 gallons

  • Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time

    A research lab in a Tokyo suburb will start handling some of the world's deadliest viruses for the first time, officials said Tuesday, after local opposition blocked it for decades. Japan has no active maximum level-four biosafety labs so the move will bring it in line with other G7 nations -- there are about 40 such sites worldwide including some run by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decision to boost it to the highest biosafety level came as Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki signed an agreement with the mayor of the Musashimurayama suburb on Monday.

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  • 50 Cent says expenses $108,000 a month; $72,000 for mansion

    HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) -- Rapper 50 Cent says in a Connecticut bankruptcy court filing he spends $108,000 a month on his expenses, including $5,000 for gardening. He has a monthly income of $185,000, mainly from royalties

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  • Samsung glamour days over as it fights to save mobile market share

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - For four years Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has basked in the success of its Galaxy smartphones, making billions of dollars competing with Apple Inc in the premium mobile market. The coming years are set to be more somber for the South Korean tech giant, as it is forced to slash prices and accept lower margins at its mobile division in order to see off competition from rivals including China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the mid-to-low end of the market. Behind Samsung's reality-check is the fact it is stuck with the same Android operating system used by its low-cost competitors, who are producing increasingly-capable phones of their own.

  • Returning Uighurs attacked Thai, Chinese police, China says

    By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Some of the 109 Uighurs returned to China from Thailand last month attacked Thai and Chinese police while being taken aboard a flight back to Xinjiang, as they believed they would be executed on their return, Xinjiang's government said on Tuesday. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Muslim Uighurs keen to escape unrest in China's far western Xinjiang region have travelled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, home to a large Uighur diaspora. The return of the group from Thailand in July sparked anger in Turkey, and fed fears among rights groups and the United States about potential mistreatment.

  • Are Pussycat Dolls Planning A Reunion?!

    Don’t’cha wish your comeback was exciting like this? (SORRY, WE TRIED). It’s being reported that Nicole Scherzinger is planning a reunion with her fellow Pussycat Dolls, five years after they split.YAAAAAS.Nicole’s faced tough times as a solo artiste,

  • Delta and American airlines ban big-game trophy shipments

    US airlines Delta and American on Monday banned the shipment of big game trophies on flights, in the wake of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. "Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight," the company said in a brief statement.

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  • The airport that never sleeps

    Actress and host Michelle Chia was granted special access to Changi Airport, and experience what makes the airport tick. Changi’s Airport Emergency Service (AES) team provides the highest level of protection, as standardised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

  • Economist: Malaysia risks ratings downgrade with continued ringgit propping using falling reserves

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Ratings agencies may revise downwards Malaysia’s ratings if Bank Negara Malaysia continues to dig into the country’s dwindling foreign reserves to prop up the falling ringgit value, economist Prof Zakariah Abdul Rashid cautioned today. Zakariah noted that the country’s foreign reserves had fallen from US$ 140 billion (RM541.24 billion) in the first quarter of 2013 to US$100.5 billion by July 15 this year, while the ringgit’s external value had dropped from around 3.2 to the US dollar in 2013 to around 3.8. He pointed out that Malaysia’s level of foreign reserves is one of the indicators of the country’s economic health, along with other indicators such as the government’s debt levels.

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