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Taking Stock of Bangkok

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Thailand’s 2006 military coup left its mark on the country in a lot of ways: Years of political instability and crippling street protests and violence, for a start. But some of the most insidious changes are only now revealing themselves, such as the effects of the very first law the junta’s assembly passed after taking power, the Computer Crimes Act.

Last week three Thais were arrested under the act and charged with posting rumors online that threatened “national security”—specifically, rumors about the health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 81, who has been hospitalized since Sept. 19 (authorities say his health is improving). Police allege a link between the postings and a 7% drop in the Thai stock exchange Oct. 14 and 15.

via Taking Stock of Bangkok – WSJ.com.

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The TikTok Strategy: Using AI Platforms to Take Over the World

Hugely popular with teenagers and millennials, TikTok – known as DouYin in China – is a social media application used for creating and sharing short videos. Lasting 15 seconds or less, the typical clip features fun music, a skit, lip-sync, dance or light-hearted humour.

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A curious combination of prediction-technology and human censors enables ByteDance to create a dynamic global video ecosystem.

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Women’s Day : Twenty-seven women journalists held in appalling conditions

Tortured, humiliated and sexually harassed : Twenty-seven women journalists held in appalling conditions

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As the world marks International Women’s Day, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that 27 women journalists are currently detained around the world. Some are being held in inhuman conditions.

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Thai Businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon buys Fortune for $150 Million

Founded in 1930 at the outset of the Great Depression, FORTUNE has become synonymous with business success

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American publisher Meredith announced on Friday that it has agreed to sell Fortune for $150 million to Fortune Media Group Holdings Limited, wholly owned by Chatchaval Jiaravanon. (more…)

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