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Global Vice Index: Cigarettes, alcohol cheapest in Luxembourg, most expensive in Ukraine

The cost of maintaining a drugs, booze and cigarettes habit got a lot more expensive in the U.S. last year, rising the most of almost anywhere in the world, the annual Bloomberg Global Vice Index shows. Americans had to fork out over $200 more for a basket of so-called vice goods last year versus 2016, with only New Zealand seeing a bigger increase. The gauge compares the share of income needed to maintain a broad weekly habit of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine and opioids across more than 100 countries….

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Nokia 2 and Other HMD Global Phones Will Not Support Project Treble

HIGHLIGHTS Project Treble is not coming to current Nokia family Smartphones don’t have a separate Vendor implementation Absence of Project Treble support will have “no end-user impact” HMD Global has confirmed that Google’s Project Treble will not be a part of any currently available Nokia phones, including the most affordable Nokia 2 and the flagship Nokia 8. The project, which was announced back in May, enables faster Android updates by reducing the burden on device manufacturers. It is available as an architectural change on Android Oreo. Responding a large number of queries related to the arrival…

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The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people. In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That’s five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. “In the developed world, people live longer with very intense disease — and costly treatment,” says Vegard Skirbekk, professor at Columbia University’s Aging Center. In the…

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Spotify, Universal Sign Global Licence Agreement

Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming company, and Universal Music Group said Tuesday they have signed a new multi-year global licence agreement. Under the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, Spotify’s paying subscribers can have access to a new album by a Universal artist for a period of two weeks after its release, the two companies said in a joint statement. But “singles are available on Spotify for all listeners,” its chairman and CEO Daniel Ek said in the statement. Since it was founded in 2008, the online…

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World Obesity Day 2016: This Global Killer is on the Rise in the Developing World

More people in the world are obese than underweight, with child and adolescent obesity rising rapidly, particularly in developing nations, the United Nations said ahead of the second annual World Obesity Day on Tuesday. Here are some facts about obesity: – Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. – In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight. Of these over 600 million, or 13 percent of the global population, were obese. – 3.4 million people die each year due to overweight and obesity. – Obesity is on the…

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Twitter Appoints New Global Media Team Head

Micro-blogging website Twitter has tapped long-time executive Ross Hoffman as the company’s new vice president of global media – in the third appointment to that role in the last six months. Hoffman, who was most recently senior director of brand strategy and has been at the company in various roles since 2010, is taking over the media team from Nathan Hubbard, who late last month announced he was leaving the company, a report on technology website Re/code said on Thursday. Twitter confirmed the move to the publication, with a spokesperson…

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