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Coincheck begins allowing yen withdrawals ahead of FSA deadline

TOKYO: Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc., which lost about US$500mil to hackers last month, has begun letting some users to make withdrawals in yen.


Sex businesses find willing partners in cryptos

Freedom from complications has some adult companies cheering the swell of digital currencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, and the rise of digital-payment tokens, which could help them skirt skeptical intermediaries and allow customers to make direct payments.


Coincheck to repay users

TOKYO: Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc said it will use its own capital to reimburse customers who lost money in Friday’s US$400mil theft.

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Lawmakers trade blame over gov't shutdown

Republicans and Democrats dig into their positions in a fight over immigration policy

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China’s Internet giants face users’ anxiety over privacy

Search engine Baidu joins Ant Financial and Tencent Holdings under the spotlight


Fired Indian technology workers turn to chatbots for counselling

BENGALURU: For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top Indian tech services company. Clients were cutting their budgets, prompting his bosses to fire dozens of colleagues. His manager told him not to worry, but it was hard not to when experts were predicting that millions of the country’s IT workers would be eliminated in the coming years. “My head was full of ‘yaar, kya honewalla hai?’” says Joshi, using a Hindi expression that means “what’s going to happen?”


More cooling off measures needed

SINCE young, my parents have advised me to save for the rainy days and old age. To lead by example, they walked the talk by adopting a prudent lifestyle throughout their entire lives.


Petronas unit holds talks with Shell operator in Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s South African unit Engen is in talks with Vivo Energy Holding BV to combine some of their African fuel-retail assets, according to two people familiar with the matter.


Smartphone apps and newsfeeds weighing on productivity

SMARTPHONE apps and newsfeeds are designed to constantly grab our attention. And research suggests we’re distracted nearly 50% of the time. Could this be weighing down on productivity?


Malaysian pension giants to seek insurer deal talks

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s two biggest pension funds, which manage a combined US$203bil, plan to pursue talks to buy stakes in foreign-owned insurers in the country as the government enforces caps on overseas ownership, people with knowledge of the matter said.