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Australia to launch inquiry into embattled public broadcaster

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will hold an inquiry into the crisis-ridden public broadcaster ABC following allegations its chairman succumbed to political pressure by calling for the removal of a senior journalist.

Exclusive - Turkey's Erdogan says court will decide fate of detained U.S. pastor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish court, not politicians, will decide the fate of an American pastor whose detention on terrorism charges has hit relations between Ankara and Washington.

Exclusive - Myanmar's delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return: Bangladesh PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bangladesh's leader accused neighbouring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year, and said in an interview late Tuesday that under no circumstance would the refugees remain permanently in her already crowded country.

US unveils first step toward new online privacy rules

The US administration called Sept 25 for public comments on a “new approach to consumer data privacy” that could trigger fresh regulations of Internet companies.

Privacy and data protection have come into greater focus in response to these new laws, and also because of growing concerns on how private data is handled following revelations on the hijacking of millions of Facebook user profiles by a political consultancy ahead of the 2016 election. — AFP

Instagram founders’ exit means no one to challenge Zuckerberg

While he took time off for paternity leave this month, Instagram’s Kevin Systrom had time to reflect on all the small ways Facebook had started to impose its will on the photo-sharing app he co-founded.

A file photo of Systrom addressing a press conference in New York. The abrupt departures of Instagram's founders cap a string of executive moves at the photo-sharing app, and at Facebook more broadly. — AFP

WhatsApp says working with Reliance Jio to curb fake news menace

Facebook's WhatsApp is working closely with Reliance Jio to spread awareness of false messages, weeks after the Indian telecoms operator opened up the messaging service to tens of millions of customers using its cheap Internet-enabled phone.

US-China trade war dims Asia’s 2019 growth outlook

MANILA: Developing Asia could grow more slowly than previously thought next year as the U.S.-China trade war inflicts collateral damage on the region’s export-reliant economies, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday.

Trading ideas: Pestech, Deleum, Ann Joo, Tan Chong, OpenSys

KUALA LUMPUR: Stocks to watch for on Wednesday include Pestech, Deleum, Ann Joo, Tan Chong and OpenSys, according to JF Apex Research.

Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colours on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to “three R’s” education.

Malaysian palm oil price gains for 2nd straight day on stronger crude oil

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures edged up for a second consecutive session on Tuesday, tracking strength in crude oil prices and a weaker ringgit.

The benchmark palm oil contract for December delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange rose 0.8 percent to 2,181 ringgit ($527.45) a tonne at the close of trade. It earlier rose as much as 1.2 percent to 2,189 ringgit, its strongest level since Sept. 19.