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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 731

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Sudden Escalation of Browser Wars and Microsoft’s Hefty Fine

Microsoft, the world’s largest software manufacturer, was handed down a hefty fine by the European Union on Wednesday, for its inability to give its users in the European Union the choice of choosing the web browser.

Sudden Escalation of Browser Wars and Microsoft’s Hefty Fine
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Andrew Mason: departure of a model CEO

Andrew Mason, 32, the founder and CEO of Groupon - the website that thrives on coupon - who got fired on Friday, left a distinctly unique footprint on corporate beachfront with utmost humility. Without drowning the shareholders, customers and fans in a sea of ambiguity about his ultimate fate, Mr Mason simply admitted that he was fired – and leaving the company that he founded.

Andrew Mason: departure of a model CEO
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Richard III: the English king who personified mystery

Archaeologists confirmed on Monday that the skeletal remains that they found deep down in a car park in Leicester, England were those of late King Richard III.

Richard III: the English king who personified mystery
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Cyber Attacks: when will they constitute acts of war?

The news of the cyber-attack launched at Twitter, the micro-blogging site, on Friday, which resulted in the exposure of usernames, encrypted passwords and email addresses of more than a quarter of a million users, came hard on the heels of a catalogue of similar attacks against the US-based media in recent times.

Cyber Attacks: when will they constitute acts of war?
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Apple, Exxon Mobil and the Seesaw of Inconvenience

Apple, which used to eclipse the other major technological companies in a relatively short period, suddenly found itself in the shadow of its nearest rival in market share – ExxonMobil, the oil giant. With the share value on an alarmingly-steep downward spiral, Apple is fast losing both its influence and cachet in the absence of a trace of innovative ideas, which the company had been renowned for, under the late visionary Steve Jobs.

Apple, Exxon Mobil and the Seesaw of Inconvenience
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The Bereavement of British High Street

The loss of one high street chain, when the nation is about to face the dreaded triple-dip recession, is very painful, if you think about the men and women who used to make a living by working for It, suddenly find themselves at the gates of a dark tunnel with no light in sight. So, it goes without saying, the loss of three of them in a week is truly catastrophic, no matter which economic yardstick that you use to measure the collective impact of it on the very core of the society.

The Bereavement of British High Street
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Has Global Warming Stalled? – Hockey Stick has met a sticky puck!

The global warming debate, which has been lying dormant in recent months with rapidly dwindling support, was rekindled again this week in the journalistic realm, thanks to a report published by the British Met Office on Christmas Eve last year. Had it not been for the anxiety loomed over the ‘End the of the World’ event, in all probability, it could have dampened the festive spirit of the folks beyond repair, who had been very emotional supporters of the immensely-controversial phenomenon.

Google Gets Away with Anti-trust Charge – for now!

Google, the most popular search engine on the planet, managed to walk away with a slap on the wrist, when the Federal Trade Commission – FTC – in the United States ruled on Thursday that the former did not manipulate the search results while harming the consumers.

Silvio Lining in Veronica’s dark cloud - Berlusconi Ordered to Pay $14,000 a day to his ex-wife

Veronica Lario, 56, the long-enduring wife of Silvio Berlusconi, the ex-Italian Prime Minister, was awarded over $10,000 a day by a court in Italy as a part of divorce settlement on Christmas Day, when for an ordinary Italian even $1000 a day is just a dream in economically-challenging times.

Ramanujan @125 – mathematical genius who caught glimpses of heaven

Google, being true to its recent tradition, marked the 125th birth anniversary of Srnivasa Ramanujan, the South Indian mathematician, with a doodle depicting his unique invaluable contributions to the field of mathematics on Saturday. The move resurrected the extraordinary story of a young man who effortlessly defied a catalogue of 20th century obstacles to leave his indelible footprints along the beach of time.

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