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3Novices:US government trying to force Facebook to help spy on suspects who use Messenger, sources say

The US government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be forced to alter their products to enable surveillance.
The case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but three people said Facebook is contesting the US…
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3Novices:Life after death – in a subdivided flat: why paper replicas are big business for Hong Kong’s Hungry Ghost Festival

To Chiu-sung holds up a 20cm tall, three-storey cardboard mansion of 16 rooms, each with an old-fashioned air conditioner installed outside the window.
“These are subdivided flats, the star item this year,” explains the 65-year-old owner of Chun Shing Hong, a paper offerings shop in Sai Ying Pun which opened 35 years ago.
The paper miniatures are selling fast one week ahead of the Hungry Ghost Festival – the Chinese version of Halloween – a time when believers say the…
August 18, 2018 at 08:16AM https://ift.tt/2MzrcWF
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3Novices:Six salt and pepper shakers – stylish, tasteful and guaranteed to spice up a dinner party

Cocaine and Heroin shakers, A$70 (US$51) for the pair, by David Shrigley, from Third Drawer Down.

Bottle Grinders, from HK$980 (US$125) for the set, by Norm Architects for Menu, from House For Goodies.

Alfredo salt and pepper mills, HK$1,700 for the set, by Alfredo Häberli, from Manks.

Alpin Natürlich cherry wood mills, HK$382 each, from Swiss House Shop.

Gordon and Andreas, US$40 for the set, by Troels Øder Hansen and HuskMitNavn, from Normann Copenhagen.

Rabbit salt…
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3Novices:Why the trade war won’t prompt Beijing to dump its US Treasuries

With Beijing and Washington continuing to face off over trade, is China likely to sell off its US Treasuries to hurt America? The simple answer is no.
A trade war is essentially a competition about who will be more miserable. If China – America’s largest foreign creditor – sells off its US Treasuries, it will bring down their price and raise their yields. So in theory, China’s holdings of US government debt are a powerful weapon in the trade war.
In reality, the creditor…
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3Novices:As Beijing squeezes Taiwan, Trump’s US gives Tsai a warm embrace

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s whirlwind diplomatic tour of the Americas is a test of both her leadership and the island’s resilience in the face of stifling pressure from Beijing. Taiwan has suffered increasing diplomatic isolation under Tsai’s stewardship, now halfway through a four-year term. The island republic has lost four diplomatic allies since Tsai came into office two years ago – leaving just 18 countries with which it has official ties, most of them…
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3Novices:Walmart asks cosmetics suppliers whether they can stop getting their products from China

Walmart has asked some beauty suppliers to consider sourcing products from outside China, as it looks for ways to mitigate the impact of a new set of tariffs on Chinese products proposed by the Trump administration.
In an email sent to some beauty suppliers on August 7, the retailer asks whether they have facilities outside China, and if not, whether they would consider investing in them, to broaden their sourcing ability.

Many cosmetics products like shampoos, lipsticks and make-up fall under…
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3Novices:Singapore’s Hungry Ghost Festival: what to do in the Lion City during the month-long event … and taboos to avoid

The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of Singapore’s most popular events, bringing together people from all corners of the city’s cultural melting pot. For the entire seventh month of the lunar calendar (which falls from August 11 to September 9 this year), the living remember and revere their deceased relatives who are said to return to roam our realm.

Chung Yeung Festival: has the celebration lost its true meaning?

The Hungry Ghost Festival, or Zhong Yuan Jie, stems from both…
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