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Made it to the big screen
Models pose with a 100-inch Sony Z9D television set under its newest line of LED television models on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Sony released its newest 2016 BRAVIA LED television flagship Z9D series, which delivers deeper black and brighter lights and color precision technology. Z9D models come in three sizes: 65-inch, 75-inch and 100-inch screens.
Ever Rich honored for research donations
Ever Rich D.F.S. Corp. Chairman Simon Chiang received an honor board from the National Taiwan Ocean University on Friday to thank him for his contribution in funding the school's ocean research college.
Toyota said Monday it will start selling a mug-sized robot called Kirobo Mini as a chatty companion for its human owners. The 10-centimeter (4-inch) tall robot will go on sale next year in Japan for 39,800 yen (US$400) after a bigger version of the doe-eyed Kirobo -- roughly the size of a Chihuahua -- became the first android to converse with an astronaut in space.
Facebook is launching a "lite" version of it Messenger chat app. It is aimed at emerging markets, where many people use older phones that don't have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured application due to slower internet speeds or other issues.
Dutch bank ING, the country's biggest lender, Monday announced 7,000 jobs could be lost mainly in Belgium and The Netherlands to save US$1.01 billion by 2021.
The boss of India's newest airline Vistara has urged the government to scrap a rule that restricts carriers in the country's cut-throat aviation sector from expanding their operations abroad.
Alphabet: great for Google, less so for moonshots
Reorganizing itself under the umbrella company Alphabet has done wonders for Google -- but less so for a grab bag of eclectic projects ranging from robotic cars to internet-beaming balloons, which are suffering costly growing pains.
The steel unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) in the Vietamese province of Ha Tinh, which is being sued by over 200 Vietnamese fishermen for compensation over pollution, said that the case will be handled by the Vietnamese government.
Volkswagen has agreed to pay its U.S. dealers up to US$1.2 billion to compensate them for losses they said they suffered as a result of the company's emissions cheating scandal, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco.
Heavy market pressure on Deutsche Bank eased Friday as a knowledgeable source told AFP the U.S. fine over toxic debt it sold would be only US$5.4 billion, not the US$14 billion originally demanded.
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