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Australia cigarette "plain packaging" law passes Senate

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Laws banning brand labels on cigarette packaging have been passed by the Australian Senate, their last key hurdle before coming into effect.

The move removes brand colours and logos from cigarette packaging.

Instead, cigarettes will be sold in olive green cartons with graphic images warning of the consequences of smoking.
 

China's inflation rate eases for third straight month

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China's inflation rate has slowed for a third straight month in October, as the government continues to try to cool economic growth.

Consumer prices rose 5.5 percent in October compared with the same month a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

That is down from 6.1 percent in September, and a three-year high of 6.5 percent in July.
 

Angry Birds sets new record by reaching 500m downloads

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Angry Birds has become the first game to achieve 500 million downloads.

The milestone was reached less than two years after it was released.

Growing popularity in China, where it's been downloaded 50 million times, and strong figures from elsewhere in the world has ensured its success.
 

India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at USD35

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India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just USD35.

Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.

It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform.
 

Should you worry when your jeans go smart?

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What if those new jeans you've just bought start tweeting about your location as you cross London Bridge?

It sounds far-fetched, but it's possible – if one of your garments is equipped with a tiny radio-frequency identification device (RFID), your location could be revealed without you knowing about it.

RFIDs are chips that use radio waves to send data to a reader – which in turn can be connected to the web.
 

China's Aug imports at record high as trade surplus narrows

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China's imports hit a record monthly high in August, indicating a strong domestic demand despite concerns of a global economic slowdown.

Imports surged by 30.2 percent from a year earlier to USD155.6 billion, government data released over the weekend showed.
 

Malaysia gives help to struggling corner shops

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There are some 50,000 of small retail shops across Malaysia, according to the Malaysian government. Officials say many of them are in danger of closing.

The government is looking to boost consumer spending in the coming decade, as US and European demand for Malaysia's cheap exports start to wane.

That is why it has launched a new programme to help small retailers compete.
 

Indian GDP growth slows to 7.7pc

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India's economy grew 7.7 percent in the three months from April to June, compared with the same period of 2010.

It was India's weakest growth for six quarters, but still better than had been expected.

The gross domestic product (GDP) growth figure from the finance ministry compares with the annual rate of 7.8 percent in the first three months of the year.
 

Online shopping is growing rapidly in China

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China's 420 million internet users spend around a billion hours each day online – and last year, 185 million made at least one online purchase.

E-commerce is changing the way Chinese consumers think about shopping: online, it is more social than a hard sell. It's a new engaging experience to savour.

More than five million small online stores operate across China, some from small apartments or even college dormitories.
 

Thailand's economic growth slows on supply chain woes

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Thailand's economic growth slowed in the second quarter due to supply chain disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Growth was 2.6 percent in the three months to the end of June, from a year earlier, down from 3.2 percent in the first quarter.

Compared with the previous three months, the economy shrank by 0.2 percent.
 

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