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Hong Kong investment firm pays $470 mn for 5-star Paris hotel

Hong Kong investment firm pays $470 mn for 5-star Paris hotel (via AFP) A Hong Kong investment firm said it has agreed to pay almost $470 million for the five-star Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees, as it targets Chinese tourists’ desire for luxury travel. Kai Yuan Holdings will pay €344.51 million ($467.27 million)… Read More »

Amazon smartphone release date, specs, price and rumours

Amazon smartphone release date, specs, price and rumours (via The Inquirer) ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon is expected to announce its debut smartphone, likely to launch under its Kindle brand, at an event in Seattle on 18 June, with the firm looking to challenge the likes of Apple and Samsung. We’ve rounded up everything we already… Read More »

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq

US deploys extra troops, mulls air strikes in Iraq (via AFP) The US was deploying extra troops to protect its embassy in Baghdad and mulling air strikes against militants who have seized key cities, amid warnings Tuesday that Iraq has polarised irrevocably. Militants who seized Mosul — a city of two million… Read More »

SanDisk buys storage rival Fusion-io for $1.6 bn

US computer storage company SanDisk said Monday it was buying flash memory firm Fusion-io for $1.6 billion. The deal will help SanDisk, a maker of memory cards used for computers, smartphones and other devices, to boost its flash memory capacity with… Read More »

Kerry urges global strategy to save the world’s oceans

US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday called for a global strategy to save the world's oceans, saying everyone had a "shared responsibility" to protect the seas covering 75 percent of the planet. "Let's develop a plan" to combat over-fishing, climate… Read More »

Warren Buffett Investing $15 Billion More Into Renewables

The Warren Buffet cash-train appears to still have more on it for renewables, based on recent statements made by the mega-investor. While making a speech at a conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, Buffet made the comment that while his Berkshire… Read More »

Nintendo jumps on toy figure trend to boost Wii U

Nintendo said it is adding real-world game figures to Wii U play to boost the popularity of its console, which has lagged rivals in the market. Nintendo is blending Will U virtual play with tangible toys as it faces off against powerhouse offerings… Read More »

Donald Sterling will sue NBA after all

Donald Sterling will sue NBA after all (via http://361db.com) In a reversal, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will pursue a $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, and withdraw his support for the sale of the team negotiated by his wife. “I have decided that I must… Read More »

Official: BMW Smart Charging App helps drivers charge for less

Official: BMW Smart Charging App helps drivers charge for less (via Renewable Energy News | Alphatech5) By John Beltz Snyder Filed under: EV/Plug-in, BMW As electric vehicles proliferate and people try to conserve energy, moves toward smart charging seem only natural. Now, BMW is offering smarter charging, and it should mean more money in the pockets… Read More »

Britain’s Kate launches UK America’s Cup bid

Britain’s Kate launches UK America’s Cup bid (via AFP) Prince William’s wife Kate was on board Tuesday to help launch Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie’s bid to win the America’s Cup yacht race for Britain. Ainslie, who famously helped Oracle Team USA overturn an 8-1 deficit to win last year’s most recent edition… Read More »

24 students washed away in north India river surge

24 students washed away in north India river surge (via AFP) Twenty-four students were missing late Sunday after being washed downstream by a sudden surge of river water in a remote Himalayan valley in northern India, a state minister said. The students had stopped to take photographs on the edge of the Beas… Read More »

New faces boost women’s tennis

New faces boost women’s tennis (via AFP) Women’s tennis was given a timely shot in the arm at the French Open with a new wave of talent emerging onto the scene. The singles title might have gone to Maria Sharapova, still only 27, but a fixture on the world stage for the past decade. But to… Read More »

Syria’s Assad announces ‘general amnesty’: state TV

Syria’s Assad announces ‘general amnesty’: state TV (via AFP) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday announced a “general amnesty” for all crimes committed to date, state television said, without giving further details. The channel cited Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying the decree was issued in the… Read More »

Sony winning console wars

Sony winning console wars (via AFP) Sony are winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm’s otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic… Read More »

Five dead in ‘tragic’ Las Vegas shooting

Five dead in ‘tragic’ Las Vegas shooting (via AFP) Two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian were killed in an apparent ambush that ended with the two gunmen killing themselves. One of the attackers yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers and stripping them of their… Read More »

De la Hoya inducted into boxing Hall of Fame

Ten-time boxing world champion Oscar de la Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, using the occasion to call for unity in the sport. The 41-year-old Mexican-American earned his place in the boxing shrine with a professional career… Read More »

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