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Pepsi Buys Sodastream for 3.2 Billion

PepsiCo (PEP) is buying one of the world’s top sparkling water brands, SodaStream (SODA), for $3.2 billion.  The move — which was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies — will boost Pepsi’s efforts to shift from its traditional soft drinks business into healthier options. SodaStream’s products are marketed …

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The Vapor Revolution: How Bottom-Up Innovation Is Saving Lives

Given time and further innovation, vaping has the potential to continue dramatically to reduce both the number of people who smoke and the number of cigarettes smoked by those who choose to continue to smoke. After the discovery that smokers tend to die early from various diseases, including lung cancer …

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Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aids

Electronic cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking last year and there is no evidence of any serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years – according to new studies published, writes Reuters. On 13 September, Researchers at University College …

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Landmark Caspian Sea Deal Signed by five Nations

Turkmenistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea, paving way for more energy exploration and pipeline projects. However, the delimitation of the seabed – which has caused most disputes – will require additional …

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Oscars Adds “Popular” Film Category

The organisers of the Oscars said on Wednesday they would create a new award category for popular movies and limit the annual televised ceremony to three hours. In a letter to members, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also said it would present some of …

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Google Creates Special Search Engine for China

Google works on a special search engine project that will be available only for China. The project titled Dragonfly will be subordinated to Chinese censorship and will block such information as human rights, religion and other similar issues. Google offers a special mobile app, which provides filtered information to Chinese …

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UNWTO Launches First and Largest Competition For Tourism Startups

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is conducting a global hunt for tourism startups that want to transform the industry. The organization, which is part of the United Nations, has announced that it’s partnering with Globalia, a leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America, to launch of the first UNWTO Tourism Startup …

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Apple Is Worth One Trillion Dollars

Apple, a company founded 42 years ago in a Santa Clara Valley garage to make personal computers, is now worth $1 trillion. It becomes the first American company to achieve that feat. A trillion is an unimaginably big number no matter what you’re counting—but especially when it’s money. It’s the …

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NDI: 28% of Population Doesn’t Use Internet

According to the NDI survey, 54% of the respondents use internet every day, at least once a week, at least 1% per month, 5% more rarely, 28% never, and 1% said they do not know what the Internet is. Once a week or more, internet is used in Tbilisi – …

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