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Business, Finance & Economics

In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year

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Chinese New Year begins next week and all across China people are getting ready. It’s a time for visiting friends and relatives. Throughout the country, people stock up on fruit to eat at home with family and to give as gifts. These days, Chinese shoppers are opening up their wallets for a particular luxury item — imported fruit.

Science, Tech & Environment

Your total is $57.67 — will that be cash, credit or phone?

Magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards are like catnip for hackers, who have been broken into retailers like Target and Home Depot and installed malicious software on their cash registers. Now, chip-based cards are becoming more common in the US and are expected to grow rapidly in the coming year. Then there's Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that eliminates cards entirely. Where is this all heading?

Science, Tech & Environment

US Internet speeds lag their international peers, but some cities are taking action

The old saying used to be, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” Today’s version might be, “What’s good for Comcast is good for the country.” Well, as many people are now discovering, what’s good for Comcast — or AT&T, or Verizon — kind of sucks for the rest of us.

Business, Finance & Economics

In Bangladesh, will a legal system 'full of holes' prosecute those responsible for the Rana Plaza factory collapse?

Bangladeshis today are honoring the memory of those killed one year ago in the deadly factory collapse at Rana Plaza. Building owner Sohel Rana and several factory owners are in jail awaiting trial. Zafar Sobhan, the editor of the Dhaka Tribune explains why prosecution of the men would be a big step forward for the weak Bangladeshi justice system.

Global Scan

This artist is taking snow angels to an extreme

Call it snowshoe art or perhaps folly in the freezing cold, but it takes imagination to create patterns that you can only see from a distance. And Alan Turing, the father of computer science, gets a posthumous pardon from Britain. Pakistan's long experiment in natural-gas cars is crashing. We also explore why Muslims and Jews are celebrating Christmas, and more, in today's Global Scan.