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TECH 10 Apr 2019 | 11:11 AM

This is how Chinese citizens are watched and rated

China’s ambitious plan to assign lifelong scores to citizens based on their behaviour has stoked international concern, even as the project remains nascent and numerous hurdles must be overcome before the experiment can be implemented nationwide.

TECH 27 Oct 2018 | 5:00 AM

Ireland unveils Airbnb curbs to ease housing crunch

Ireland announced plans to rein in popular short-term rental services such as Airbnb in a bid to address a historic housing shortage.

TECH 07 Feb 2018 | 9:00 AM

China tries to charm tech-savvy Taiwanese youth as political ties fray

A startup incubator on the outskirts of Shanghai is laying out sweeteners for budding entrepreneurs: Free office space, subsidised housing rent, tax breaks and in some cases, cash of up to 200,000 yuan (RM124,756).

TECH 12 Dec 2017 | 8:36 AM

Airbnb ends controversial payment system in France

Airbnb agreed to withdraw a payment system in France, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after the government complained it could potentially be used to launder money and lead to a loss in revenues.

TECH 10 Oct 2017 | 7:30 AM

Uber, Airbnb get dragged into Scandinavian welfare economics

Denmark wants to bring the so-called sharing economy into its legal codex so that companies like Uber and Airbnb can be absorbed into the Scandinavian welfare model.

TECH 20 Sep 2017 | 2:00 AM

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

A northern Japanese city's efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country's old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.