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ShareChat: India’s homegrown rival to WhatsApp

  It's a weekday afternoon in India, and some eight million people are venting about love and heartache on a popular local social network. "Sometimes, I feel everyone in India is going through a breakup," says Farid Ahsan, one of the …

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"Things fall apart"

  The late Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe found himself at the centre of an unlikely dispute with 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, back in 2011. Lawyers for Achebe took issue with the rapper shooting a film with the same name of …

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'Hakuna Matata' and other unlikely trademarked phrases

  In recent days angry opinion pieces have sprung up in Kenyan media over the well-known Swahili phrase "Hakuna Matata". The phrase translated means "no problems" or "no worries" and is a common expression throughout east Africa. But to the …

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Residents revolt over Facebook group 'sale'

  Members of a London community Facebook group are furious after the rights to run it were sold on to another party not from the area. Group members then became angry at claims that the new administrators wanted them to pay to promote their …

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Nintendo smashes its rules for gaming vloggers

  Nintendo has relaxed its rules for video-makers who share their gameplay on websites such as Twitch and YouTube. Unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo had restricted what it let video-makers share online and took a slice of …

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Google staff pledge cash to striking workmates

  Google staff have pledged $200,000 (£157,000) to engineers if they go on strike over the firm's work on a censored search engine for China. A prominent Google engineer started the fund after reports suggested it would avoid …

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Why is Jack Ma a member of the Communist Party of China?

Pop-star Taylor Swift has trademarked a number of key phrases from her most well-known song lyrics in recent years. Other examples include: "Party Like It's 1989", "Cause We Never Go Out of Style," and "Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?" Image …

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