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Facebook's New Format Takes Away From its Purpose

Posted March 27, 2009 | 11:26:43 (EST)

Though technology nowadays is constantly updated, change never seems to come easily to Facebook users.

When the site changed its format two-and-a-half years ago to include the News Feed feature, outrage ensued. People were confused about how to navigate the new homepage, and they didn't want constant updates about...

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Failing Newspaper With Online Potential For Sale... Any Takers?

Posted January 12, 2009 | 15:32:02 (EST)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, owned by Hearst Corp., announced today that it is being put up for sale. If it hasn't sold after 60 days, it will either become a web-only publication or completely cease operation.

It's not a great sales pitch but at least it's...

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How Did Proposition 8 Pass in California?

Posted November 14, 2008 | 10:23:26 (EST)

I think it's a question on the minds of many. In typically conservative states Florida and Arizona, which had similar measures on their ballots, it wasn't such a surprise. But when I think of California, the state's outspoken and progressive LGBTQ community is one of the first things that comes...

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An International Community Endorsement for Obama

Posted November 4, 2008 | 20:33:23 (EST)

A lot of people criticize Barack Obama for his lack of foreign policy experience -- and that's a valid point of view when one considers his short-lived political career. But it occurred to me during my time living in Beijing that assuming he won't succeed in global affairs because of...

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Medal Tally, Medal Schmally

Posted August 25, 2008 | 00:14:13 (EST)

American media may put the United States at the top of the Beijing 2008 Olympic medal tally, but the rest of the world would tell you otherwise.

Of course the China Daily tally has China on top with the most golds, but the BBC, CBC and most other international...

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I Can't Believe Liu Xiang Didn't Race

Posted August 19, 2008 | 17:26:48 (EST)

There was a different mood when I walked into the office this morning. Unlike last week when everyone crowded excitedly around the TV to watch the Olympic matches, all were seated, clicking away at their keyboards. The TV wasn't even turned on. It was as if the Games had ended...

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Fencing Fluke

Posted August 18, 2008 | 20:59:34 (EST)

On Friday I went to see the men's team epee fencing match at the Olympic Fencing Hall. I didn't know much about fencing but was with a friend who did, making the match quite exciting -- not that I wasn't already thrilled to be at an Olympic event.

The bronze...

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Reality Should Be Reported, Not Disregarded

Posted August 15, 2008 | 17:56:06 (EST)

When I applied to work for a newspaper in China, I wasn't expecting to do any hard-hitting reporting. I was genuinely excited about putting aside the breaking news and the in-depth investigations to learn about Chinese culture from a lighthearted perspective. I did my best to take critical foreign media...

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Bryant May Steal Yao's China Spotlight

Posted August 7, 2008 | 23:51:30 (EST)

One of the first lessons I learned about China was that NBA star Yao Ming is the most famous person in the country.

Boys and young men wear his Houston Rockets jersey; he's on the cover of every magazine; and his face is plastered on ads throughout Beijing. Today he...

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Beijing Haze Bearable -- Even for Joggers

Posted August 4, 2008 | 21:13:17 (EST)

A lot of my friends and family have been sending e-mails from the U.S. asking about the air here in Beijing. They tell me media reports talk non-stop about the poor air quality, highlighting that record-holding Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie has pulled out of the marathon event because of it.

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Shanghai Shows Olympic Excitement

Posted July 30, 2008 | 15:11:10 (EST)

After a month of pre-Olympics overload in Beijing, I thought taking a trip to Shanghai last weekend would be a nice break from the Games.

I was wrong.

Despite being nearly as far from Beijing as San Francisco is from Seattle, Shanghai had the same "Beijing 2008" signs that are...

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Homestay Away from Home

Posted July 16, 2008 | 12:16:37 (EST)

With a population of more than 17 million, Beijing is crowded enough.

Now that nearly 500,000 tourists are expected to visit the city during the Olympic Games, where will everyone hang their heads at night?

For some, the answer is: together.

Nearly 600 Beijingers will open their homes to overseas...

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Outside China Daily

Posted July 7, 2008 | 18:05:34 (EST)

Outside China Daily stands a uniformed officer on a platform. His posture seems as stiff as his well-starched, olive-green straight-leg pants and button-up shirt -- but his white-gloved hands hang loosely at his sides.

His eyes, which are nearly covered by the brim of his oval hat, follow each...

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