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Soviet-era ‘moon rocks’ sell for $855,000 at New York auction

Three fragments of rocks retrieved from the moon by a Soviet space mission in 1970 were sold for $855,000 at a New York auction on Thursday. Sotheby’s auction house said the “moon rocks” are the only known documented lunar matter in private hands. They were offered for sale by an unidentified private American collector who purchased them at auction in 1993 for $442,500. Sotheby’s said the buyer on Thursday was another private American collector, but the name was not disclosed. Read More: NASA chooses nine companies to…

‘Status symbol’: Pair of Japanese premium melons sells for record $29,300

TOKYO: A single pair of premium melons on Saturday fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol. Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to "ooh and aah" over the extravagant edibles. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit packing firm for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in…

Pakistani man arrested for selling drugs via WhatsApp in Dubai

DUBAI: A Pakistani man has been arrested in Dubai on charges of selling drugs using popular messaging mobile app WhatsApp. The 41-year-old Pakistani, who worked as a driver, allegedly sold drugs by sending messages on WhatsApp, said the Khaleej Times report. Prosecutors accuse him of broadcasting information with the aim to peddle drugs and also of using narcotics. He was arrested on December 26, 2017, in Dubai's Al Muraqqabat area. A lieutenant with the Dubai Police anti-narcotics division said, “We had a reliable…

Uber to sell Southeast operations to Grab, get stake in combined business: source

SINGAPORE: Ride-hailing firm Uber has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to the region’s bigger rival Grab, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, in what would be the US company’s second retreat from Asia. As part of the transaction, company would get a stake of as much as 30 percent in the combined business, the source said. He did not want to be identified as the deal is not public yet. Read More: US police release video of fatal collision with uber self-driving…

Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

TOKYO: Japan’s Fujitsu said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector. The sale, if realized, would leave just three Japanese electronics makers - Sony, Sharp Corp and Kyocera Corp - in a global market dominated by Apple, Samsung and cheaper Chinese rivals. The potential deal calls for Tokyo-based Polaris Capital to take a majority stake in Fujitsu’s mobile phone unit, which is…

Govt aims to sell PIA before election

ISLAMABAD: The government will try to privatize its national airline PIA before general elections due this year, privatization minister Daniyal Aziz said, as the ruling party seeks to restart sales of state-run businesses. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), hemorrhaging money and losing market share to Gulf-based rivals such as Etihad and Emirates, has been hit by management turmoil in recent years and a 2016 plane crash that led to 47 deaths. The privatization of loss-making entities that were draining the…

VIDEO: Chinese sisters selling fresh air and this is no joke

BEIJING: Two Chinese sisters have taken everyone by surprise after they started selling a bag of ‘ fresh air ’ in an apparent move to capitalize China's worsening air quality problem with this innovative business plan. The two women from Xining have launched an online business startup selling fresh air from the Tibetan Plateau, reports the Shanghaiist. Customers apparently have a choice of air from the mountain or valley, depending on their preference. A video, in the local language, lays out the process of…

Man sells small daughter to landlord over loan dispute

BADIN: A man in Badin sold his little daughter to a landlord after failing to pay him loan amounting to Rs100,000. According to reports, the incident occurred in in Tando Bago town, 21 kilometres from Badin. The appalling issue came to light when a lady named Soomri Machhi approached Tando Bago police station and complained that her husband Achar Machhi had sold off her eight-year-old daughter Nazia to an lederly landlord Ali Murad Chandio in Pathan Water village. Acting on her complaint, the police team raided the…

Chinese Apple staff suspected of selling private data

BEIJING: Chinese authorities say they have uncovered a massive underground operation run by Apple employees selling computer and phone users' personal data. Twenty-two people have been detained on suspicion of infringing individuals' privacy and illegally obtaining their digital personal information, according to a statement Wednesday from local police in southern Zhejiang province. Of the 22 suspects, 20 were Apple employees who allegedly used the company's internal computer system to gather users' names, phone…