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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1072

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Gold Crash 2013

A legion of investors are still reeling back from the unprecedented price crash of gold that happened last week, following the recent inexplicable trend in financial markets to the last point - defying the obvious ; the inverse of what we derive from the orthodox wisdom is becoming the norm nowadays.

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Extinction Scenario of Humble PC

Two rival research organizations confirmed this week what we have instinctively been feeling since Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, came up with the tablet computer in 2010 – the accelerated fall in sales of PC.

Extinction Scenario of Humble PC
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How to Pinch a Superpower: Kim Jong-un’s martial experiments

Kim Jong-un, the baby-faced supreme leader of North Korea, has been getting more than the fair share of global attention recently – and for all the wrong reasons. In the ascending order of pugnaciousness, he has been making threats against its immediate neighbor to the south, Japan, the historical enemy and then the world’s only superpower, the US.

How to Pinch a Superpower: Kim Jong-un’s martial experiments
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Pope Francis – divine choice to keep the excesses in religious camps in check

The universal admiration of Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff, shows no sign of dying down, as he started living up to every bit of his reputation that he had been building over the years while being the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. On the contrary, it shows an exponential upward trend, which resonates with the collective pulse of not only 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, but also of non-Catholics, Christians, men and women of other religions and even the avowed atheists on the planet.

Pope Francis – divine choice to keep the excesses in religious camps in check
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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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