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Breakingviews: Ebola's Economic Impact Could Eclipse SARS

Breakingviews: Ebola's Economic Impact Could Eclipse SARS

Reuters - Business Video Online (Aug. 18, 2014) The virus ravaging Africa has yet to spread elsewhere. Yet Asia’s SARS crisis in 2003 showed how changes to behaviour can hurt the economy more than the actual disease, says Breakingviews' Una Galani. Video provided by Reuters
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California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

California Law on Anti-Theft Switch for Smartphones Goes to Governor

TheStreet (Aug. 12, 2014) A California law which will require smartphones to have a switch allowing users to render the device inoperable when stolen is in the final approval stage. The California Senate passed the so-called kill switch measure on Monday. The bill is now being sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. According to the bill's author, theft of smartphones had been growing along its popularity, and two-third of the robberies in the Bay Area involved smartphones. He said, 'Our goal is to swiftly take the wind out of the sails of thieves who have made the theft of smartphones one of the most prevalent street crimes.' If the governor signs the bill, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung will need to notify the users when the technology becomes available. It would also require wireless carriers to check user name and passwords associated with phones that were once deactivated before the phones can be used again. Minnesota passed a similar bill earlier this year and lawmakers in New York, Illinois and Rhode Island are considering similar legislation. TheStreet's Julia Sun reports from New York. Video provided by TheStreet
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Ethiopian Wine Raises Cheer for Economy

Ethiopian Wine Raises Cheer for Economy

AFP (Aug. 9, 2014) The sandy soil, short rainy season, cheap land and abundant labour make Ethiopia ideal wine growing territory, and the government is hoping wine can also boost the country's image abroad to attract more foreign investment. Duration: 01:50 Video provided by AFP
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Global Yacht-Builders Adapt to the New Market in China Duration: 02:12

Global Yacht-Builders Adapt to the New Market in China Duration: 02:12

AFP (Aug. 6, 2014) Forget boat cabins -- it's all about mah-jong tables, karaoke and spas. Global yacht-builders adapt to the new market in China, hoping to cash in as the country's multimillionaires look for new ways to spend their wealth. Duration: 02:12 Video provided by AFP
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