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Why China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival Won’t Be Cancelled This Year After All

by Michael in China

Carla Thomas writes: China’s most controversial celebration of food, the Lychee and Dog Meat festival in the city of Yulin, was widely reported last month to have been cancelled this year after multiple animal rights organizations claimed the local government was planning a ban on dog meat sales in the week leading up to the June event. But reports of the festival’s demise, or even a sanction on dog meat sales that could negatively impact the festival, appear to be largely unfounded. “We [...]

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‘Fargo’ Season 4 Finale Roundup

by Michael in Entertainment

‘Fargo’ EP Noah Hawley On Open-Ended Finale, Potential Season 4 & ‘Cat’s Cradle’ SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Fargo Season 3 finale. Anthony D’Alessandro writes:  “Please don’t tell people this is the end,” says Fargo series creator Noah Hawley about the recent news that there may never be another season of the FX show. “Right now, I just can’t point to (a production start) date on the calendar.” Hawley is a busy guy. He’s [...]

Online Concern Over Taboo Japanese Comic-Inspired Chinese ‘Human Embroidery’ Fashion Trend

by Michael in China

Many media say that they feel it has been popularized in China by a character in a Japanese comic, Tokyo Ghoul. Kerry Allen reports: Chinese media are asking parents to be vigilant about a new, online trend: stitching patterns into your skin. Online users have in recent weeks been posting pictures on social media of patterns embroidered onto their skin. It seems to have been inspired by a forbidden Japanese cartoon, and follows a trend set by the controversial “Blue Whale” self-harm [...]

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    点击查看本文中文版 BEIJING — Sui-Lee Wee reports: As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it. The law — which was rubber-stamped by the country’s Parliament last year — is part of wide-ranging efforts by Beijing to manage the internet within China’s borders. Those efforts have been stepped [...]
  • iPhone Manufacturing Partner Confirms Features Coming to the iPhone 8

    ‘Though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.’ Yoni Heisler reports: An iPhone assembler recently confirmed two new iPhone 8 features we can look forward to once Apple releases its next-gen iPhone later this year. According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Wistron [...]
  • [VIDEO] EV-Cub: Honda Announces New Electric Scooter for 2018-2019

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    Amazon Is Leading Tech’s Takeover of America

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  • Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner—or Hundreds of Years Away

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  • The Chiense satellite Micius has helped break the quantum teleportation distance record, transmitting entangled photons across a distance of 1,200 km (746 mi) (Credit: Jian-Wei Pan)

    Chinese Satellite Shatters Quantum Teleportation Distance Record

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  • Raytheon will showcase disruptive technologies that are changing warfare at the 2017 Paris Air Show (Credit: Raytheon)

    Raytheon to Showcase Cyberwarfare at Paris Air Show

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  • [VIDEO] The ‘Museum of Failure’ Just Opened in Helsingborg, Sweden

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