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Two Singapore 'Airbnb hosts' charged for illegal home stays

Two men have been charged in Singapore for illegally renting out their homes for short-term stays via Airbnb, according to local media.It is the first known case of its kind since new laws against home sharing came into effect in June.Under the changes, it is illegal to rent out, …

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Banks should end unplanned overdraft charges, charity says

Banks should end all unauthorised overdraft charges because they are trapping people in persistent debt, the financial charity StepChange has said.The organisation also wants banks and regulators to do more to identify people caught up in a “vicious cycle of borrowing”.Even where customers have admitted they are in trouble, …

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Look at me

A woman puts chicken in a bowl, another twists her hair and pouts, one more chews on noodles. Sometimes they nod off. Welcome to the world of mobile live streaming in Asia, where video feeds provide a window into a world you’re probably not very interested in. But it’s …

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Parlez-vous?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Eleven years ago, one of Thomas Holl’s closest friends, Lorenz Heine, wanted to learn Spanish. Thomas confidently assured him that there must be several easily accessible online courses to assist him in this quest. But when Thomas turned to Google, the then …

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Glaxo invests £40m in UK's life sciences sector

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline will invest £40m in UK genetic research as part of the government’s life sciences sector deal.US drug maker Merck, and diagnostics company QIAGEN last month announced UK investments worth more than £1bn.Several dozen other companies are expected to announce further deals in the coming weeks.The government’s …

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