U.S. immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

Mar 25, 2017

U.S. immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger

A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge in Chicago ruled Friday. Amos Yee has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he ...

Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users

/ Mar 25, 2017

Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users

Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields. Earlier in the week, the company began conducting a user survey that showed it was looking ...

Young Japanese seek out fake friends for social media posts

Feb 23, 2017

Young Japanese seek out fake friends for social media posts

Photos posted on social networking services have become so dominant in the lives of young people in Japan that they have triggered an unusual business: hiring people to pose as friends to post on Facebook, Instagram and Line. According to Studio Innovation Inc., which ...

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

/ Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media. Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out ...

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

Feb 23, 2017

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

A small town in western Japan has been attracting foreign visitors after its efforts to reduce waste to zero by 2020 have become widely known via YouTube. The documentary video, titled “How This Town Produces No Trash,” with English narration and captions, explains how ...