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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 856

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Apple vs. Samsung Infringement Trial: Dangerous Sparks from Litigation Minefield

There is no doubt that the intensity of patent wars among the smartphone manufacturers, is, now, in ascending order of ugliness. It hit a crucial peak - one in many - on Friday when a court in California awarded Apple a hefty sum of $1.05billion in damages from Samsung, the Korean electronics giant, for infringing on the patents of the former.

Keeping Gates Open to a New Flushed Toilet

The interest shown by Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and the world’s most famous philanthropist, in a revolutionized flushed toilet - a fairly reliable indicator of the relative global prosperity - and the overwhelmingly- positive response that it generated from the scientific community, clearly show that the humble device is not just for getting rid of what is not digested; on the contrary, it can also be a place to digest the acceptable, the unacceptable or even mentally harmonize the two in notoriously-complex, culturally-polarized human defecation process, in order to come up with something ingenious.

London 2012 Olympics: Gold rush continues into the final hours

It is no exaggeration; by hosting the most successful Olympics games ever, the organizers, sportsmen/women and consistently-jubilant supporters have collectively put ‘Great’ back in Britain without any shadow of doubt. The organizers are especially praised for managing to keep the game-related controversies to a bare minimum, defying the critics both here and abroad.

Honour Killings in Britain: Calculated murders with no honour

The trial of the gruesome murder of Shafilea Ahmed, the British girl of Pakistani origin, by her own parents in so-called ‘honour-killing’, which ended on Friday with both parents being convicted and jailed for life, reinvigorated the debate on the vile practice on the British soil – and in the 21st century.

Rapidly Fluctuating Fortunes of Technological Giants

We witnessed quite a few disturbing movements in the world of technology this week, which cannot be just brushed aside as little storms in a teacup. Since all of them stemmed from the ‘big guys’ in the realm, the tectonic plates so to speak, the vibrations, understandably, were on a seismic scale indeed, much to the dismay of industry watchers.

Bob Diamond of Barclays: lightning rod for British Banking Crisis?

Bob Diamond, the ex-CEO who resigned from Barclays Bank, the world’s fourth largest bank, three weeks ago, is facing British MPs again – perhaps, on Monday - for further questioning about who knew what in the Libor scandal that is swamping the entire banking sector.

Higgs boson: statistical life-line for an elusive particle

The news about the’ discovery’ of a particle that resembles Higgs boson or so-called God particle by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, stirred up immense excitement in the scientific community this week, which in turn developed into a world-wide frenzy, when the media glorified the event while mischievously shadowing a multitude of depressing news from both political and economic realms.

Battle for Supremacy by Tablets: Is Apple’s dominance under threat?

At last, both Microsoft and Google entered tablet fray this week, with subdued fanfare, though, when least expected: Microsoft, the software giant which has been scoffing at the emergence of tablets at the expense of personal computers for about two years, suddenly came up with a tablet called Surface.

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