Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Apr 16, 2015

Sakura 2015: one nation under a pink canopy

Spring in Japan brings a wave of blossoming cherry trees that is celebrated through the nation for a short few weeks. Despite a spell of strong winds and heavy rain this year, most trees hung on to their petals for a memorable sakura season. ...

Apr 12, 2015

China orders media giant Sina to 'improve censorship'

China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites, unless it “improves censorship,” state media reported in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in ...

Citizen journalism given a boost

Mar 29, 2015

Citizen journalism given a boost

by Rob Lever

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch. The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter’s new livestream app Periscope, ...

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

Mar 27, 2015

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated, a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of ...

Mar 19, 2015

Singapore probes hoax on Lee Kuan Yew's death

The Singapore government Wednesday quashed rumors that ailing former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had died and asked police to investigate a “doctored” statement on his passing. The 91-year-old Asian statesman is in critical condition at a government hospital six weeks after being confined ...

Mar 17, 2015

Thai women warned against taking 'underboob selfies'

Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting “selfie” photos of the lower half of their breasts — a social media trend that has gone viral — saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws. Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans ...