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Goodbye cash ?
by Marija BARIC
Why coins and bank notes are becoming an endangered species.

Supermarkets vs. Indian mom-and-pop shops
A major change is taking place in the Indian retailing landscape. The launch of a chain of super and hypermarkets could bring about a complete switch in Indians' consumption habits.

Sealand: a paradise for hi-tech pirates?
by Jean-Baptiste LUSIGNAN & Simon CARLI
Sealand is not just any ordinary island in the North Sea. It is a wartime fortress, 10 km off the coast of Suffolk in England and it is for sale.

YouTube pledges to pay its users, but what about its authors?
by Nicolas CHEVET & Mathieu LEROUX
YouTube, the largest video-sharing website on the Internet is going to share part of its advertising income with users — a system which doesn't seem that simple to set up.

Levi’s green revolution
by Sandra DECKMYN
After our plates and our moisturising creams, the organic world has now expanded to our bums and legs. Levi’s latest creation, Levi’s Eco, is not a pair of green jeans but a green pair of jeans.
The peanut conundrum in Gambia
by Géraldine CHAMPAIN
Peanut farming is a dangerous business for a small developing country.

Las Vegas: a casino is dead but another is born.
Las Vegas is the international home-town of entertainment. Extravaganza and perpetual renewal are its main secrets.

Fish and Phones
by Camille LE BARZE
Leapfrogging old technologies, new technologies such as mobile phones play a growing part in the economies of developing countries.
On Al Jazeera English, user friendly Walt Disney video games, Microsoft’s Zune, and the Phishing epidemic.

China : soon an English-speaking country ?
by Kristell ABIVEN
A fifth of the Chinese population is said to be learning English. This means that sooner rather than later, China’s English speakers will outnumber native English speakers in the rest of the world.

Online poker murdered by the U.S congress.
Will online casinos be able to face their first bad beat?
On TV philanthropy, pumpkin scares, and footballers’ kitchens.

British freemasonry opens its doors to the public.
by Ludivine GROSJEAN
Misconceptions about freemasonry are common place. However, British lodges such as the United Grand Lodge of England and the newly founded Regular Grand Lodge of England are going online to debunk the myths.

The World Cup bonanza.
by Jean-Baptiste LUSIGNAN & Olivier ROUX
The 2010 football World Cup will bring an estimated 3.5 billions dollars into the South African economy. Four years before it even starts, the FIFA event already seems like an undisguised blessing.
On TV psychoanalysis, TV shows on the web, MP3s and new merchandising techniques in the music industry.

God™ bless Capitalism.
by John DOE
Since the 1990’s, Christians have become a new market for corporate America. From community churches to books, music and movies, God is back in the life of Americans, and He needs money.
Virtual stamps for emails: less spam or less freedom?
by Diane MONGE & Guillaume NORMAND
AOL and Yahoo have decided to start offering a paying email system.
Is the price of online music right?
by Catherine GUCCIARDI & Corinne HAYOT
Downloading a song from an online music store costs a standard 99 cents. It seems that US record companies are not happy with the deal anymore. Rumours of price fixing have pushed the American Justice department to set up an enquiry.
On the Nevada bordello business, the English cup of tea as an icon and the decline of the soda industry.

India : the workshop of the pharmaceutical world.
by Alexandre CHRISTOPHE & Olivier POMMIER
India is one of the leading producers of generic drugs in the world. Recent changes in its intellectual property rights might alter this.
On new wave cookery, Google vs the Chinese media and BlackBerry’s future.

How much is too much for a burger?
“High-class fast food” is the new hype in the UK. The customer’s hunger for tasty food happily satisfies the businessman’s hunger for profit margins.

Corporate vandals not welcome !
Sony has hired graffiti artists for a major stealth advertisement campaign throughout America.
Philadelphia is the first big city to react.
Advertising against advertisements.
by Charlotte MARCHALANT
Christmas, Winter Sales, Valentine’s Day, Spring Sales, Summer Specials… the buying season lasts all year long.
On barbarism against Barbies, the freebie cure for an ailing press and diet drinks for Australian men.
Hong Kong prefers USA.
by Christophe JAMOT
Two Hong Kong airlines have just made their biggest airplane orders ever, preferring Boeing to Airbus.

Rihanna: a process to become a success.
Everybody in the UK and in the US knows Rihanna’s song “Pon De Replay”. If you have not heard it yet, there is no great need to worry: it does sound quite familiar.
On Fake Santarchy in New Zealand, the (un)reliability of Open Source Information, Zimbabwean Presidential Speeches as Home Entertainment and Unpaid Royalties.
Bad Day for the USA ? Videogames as a new media for social satire.
by Vincent MONDIOT & Jérôme VASSILIEFF
With Bad Day L.A., political incorrectness has reached new heights in the videogame industry.
Are journalists an endangered species in the US?
by Christophe JAMOT
After journalist Judith Miller revealed her source in the CIA leak case, journalists fear their right to protect their sources is endangered.
Did French riots remind the South African media of darker times ?
by Sébastien DEMOUGEOT & Caroline ADAM
Unlike most other anglophone media, the South African press did not show great interest in the events.
On Naming Barbecued Kangaroo, Lethal Adverts and the BBC’s renewed attempt at Arabic TV.
Poddism, a new stairway to heaven?
IPods are a radically new medium, but watch out, these devices can be addictive for the better and possibly the worse.
You’ve got mail !
Several U.S. bank customers have recently received emails “phishing” for information.
More than enough
by Caroline ADAM
Most Australian TV shows are on the wane. A complete makeover is needed to restore the medium’s popularity.
On Christie’s in the Republic of China, fast food labels, businessmen turned patron of the arts and the good health of Dailies in India.

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