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US slaying puts focus on ride-hailing safety, fake drivers

US law enforcement agencies and ride-hailing companies are intensifying efforts to educate passengers about safety following the slaying of a University of South Carolina student who mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber.


New Zealand burials start as PM urges ‘united front’ on social media

A Syrian refugee and his son were buried in New Zealand on March 20 in the first funerals of those killed in the twin mosque massacre as Kiwis braced for days of emotional farewells following the mass slayings.


YouTube stars urge fans not to show up at their father's funeral service

After a fan released details to plan a meet-up at Ethan and Grayson Dolan's father's funeral, the twins had to make a social media plea asking fans to stay away from the event.


He died with a dream: To play an arcade game for 100 straight hours – on one quarter

When Joel West died quietly in his Lincolnton home in November, there were no breaking-news alerts.


Online ‘funeral kits’ help grieving Indians

From providing incense and bamboo stretchers to booking a Hindu priest at the last minute, startups are seeking to cash in on India’s elaborate traditional funeral ceremonies.


P2P financing is booming in Malaysia

Adoption of peer-to-peer (P2P) financing has skyrocketed in Malaysia – this year RM159.56mil was raised, up from just RM17mil last year.


Videogame releases: ‘Battlefield V’, ‘Wreckfest’, more

Explosive World War II action game Battlefield V storms PS4, Xbox One and PC with a wide release, Bendy and the Ink Machine brings its stylish, tense survival exploration to consoles, where crash-friendly car racer Wreckfest also lands, Farming Simulator 19 embraces modern agriculture with a horse-riding twist, and management sim A Mortician's Tale considers life's greatest certainty on iOS.


Fido funeral: In Japan, a send-off for robot dogs

The robot dogs lined up in their dozens in Japan were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being honoured with their own traditional “funeral”.


Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on April 14.


China freezes out Tencent, Toutiao apps as crackdown widens

China has ordered one of the country’s fastest-growing Internet startups, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, to shut a popular joke-sharing app and delete its WeChat social media account, part of a resurgent effort to clean up online content.