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Panda China Airlines Plane

Our cheat sheet highlights interesting—and perhaps less noticed—stories from around the world wide web. This past week: pandas ride business class, the Internet is worse than drugs, and the big Olympus cover-up.

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Nujabes Spiritual State Album

It’s been a year and a half since acclaimed Japanese music producer Jun Seba a.k.a. Nujabes passed away in a tragic car accident. But as expected of the musical virtuoso—known for his smooth blends of jazz and hip-hop—he left behind a large body of work – much of it unpublished.

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university students China

Apparently, China thinks so. This week, the country’s Ministry of Education announced plans to phase out college majors that consistently produce graduates unable to find employment – more specifically, majors with employment rates for graduates below 60% for two consecutive years.

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Henry Tang Chief Executive Standard

Our cheat sheet highlights interesting—and perhaps less noticed—stories from around the world wide web. This past week: a grievous newspaper error, Yao Ming the wine, unlikeable Miyazaki, and Jean Reno the blue robotic cat.

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Rancinan The Last Supper

Last Thursday, 21CB visited Opera Gallery for the grand opening of French photographer Gérard Rancinan’s first exhibition in Asia. The whole time, as we appreciated parodies of classic artworks, we had a suspicious feeling that we were being watched…

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Lady Gaga Old Chinese Folk Choir Cover

Not long ago, the Beijing authorities banned several tracks by Lady Gaga, clearly in an effort to prevent “poor taste and vulgar content” from infecting the ears of Chinese youth. But apparently not, if you rewrite it with “safe” lyrics in an extremely folksy dialect!

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Our cheat sheet highlights interesting—and perhaps less noticed—stories from around the world wide web. A quick announcement: The Cheat Sheet has undergone some changes, which will be explained after the jump. This past week: advertising, corner shops, teen pregnancy, folk tales, and floods.

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Ai Weiwei, detained and later released by the Chinese government earlier this year, was finally issued a bill for his troubles: a startling 15 million yuan (US$ 2.4 million) of alleged back taxes and fines. With little over a week left to pay and the threat of his wife being imprisoned hanging over his head, Ai has declared that he is willing to fight the charges “to the death.”

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Hong Kong Bauhinia Heroine

She’s the hero Hong Kong deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Art will imitate life imitating art in the upcoming film based on the “Bauhinia Heroine,” the real-life masked superwoman who — inspired by films like Kick-Ass — graced Hong Kong’s impoverished residential areas with food, cash, and cleavage.

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In the past week, Hong Kong has become a hotbed of discussion for technology, web trends, and entrepreneurship. Whether that’s a trend that will translate into successful practice here in Asia — well, that was the very question that many set out to answer at All Things Digital’s AsiaD conference. From October 19-21, heavyweights of the startup and tech industries converged on Hong Kong to discuss this region’s growing markets, dragging an army of doting lightweights along in tow.

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