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Chinese social media in brief

While visiting China’s three largest cities over the past two weeks — Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou — it has been easy to see that many Chinese people quietly use Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, to evade government censorship and tap into...

Nation not going to pot yet

Tuesday was a mixed bag for marijuana — and today showed approval of the drug’s legalization has plummeted 12 percent in the last year. Earlier this week, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved recreational use of the drug, while...

‘The defenders have to take every client’

The public defender had a dilemma. She needed a DNA test, hoping it would exonerate her client. But her office couldn’t afford to pay for the test, nor could her client pay out of pocket. The prosecutor would not likely have the DNA tested, fearing that a finding that...

Demand for business intel skyrockets

Demand for business intelligence across industries and around the world is growing fast — and workers who are uniquely skilled to gather, analyze and report such mission-critical information are poised to lead their markets. Global sales of business intelligence (BI)...

The potential weight-loss drug to watch

The field of big drug makers racing to produce an effective weight-loss drug not only is narrowing, it’s almost drying up. In the last month alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected approval for two new drugs and forced the withdrawal of a third that...

Costco booze fight is only the beginning

Alcohol-sales wars are brewing across the nation. Costco this week failed in a well-funded attempt in its home state of Washington to expand its revenue from alcohol sales. The discount retail giant backed a ballot initiative that essentially would have booted alcohol...