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Toutiao, a Chinese news app that’s making headlines

Toutiao, a Chinese news app that’s making headlines

Finance
WHEN rumours swirled in August that Baidu, a Chinese online-search giant, was buying Toutiao, the scrappy news-aggregation platform reportedly quipped in response that reports had mistaken the buyer for the seller. The firm is proud with good reason. Toutiao’s growth since its launch in 2012 has been stellar: it says it has already drawn 700m users to the personalised newsfeeds on its smartphone app. Its valuation has shot up, to $ 22bn in its latest funding round (see chart).Upgrade your inboxReceive our Daily Dispatch and Editors' Picks newsletters.Toutiao’s parent company, Bytedance, is definitely a buyer now. This month it snapped up Musical.ly, a lip-syncing video platform that has captivated American teens, for a reported $ 1bn. It looks like a good match. Musical.ly, based in Shangh
Japan’s top two lavatory-makers are at last making inroads overseas

Japan’s top two lavatory-makers are at last making inroads overseas

Finance
WHEN staff at the Louvre in Paris head to the bathroom, the toilet lid opens as they approach, a warm seat heats their derrières, and, once done, their nether regions are washed and dried precisely. Selling the equipment is a coup for Toto, Japan’s biggest producer of “shower toilets”.Toto and its rival Lixil carve up the Japanese market for fancy, multi-function loos between them. At home they have market shares of 60% and 30% respectively, according to Nomura Securities, a brokerage. Yet they have struggled to win foreign bottoms over to luxuries enjoyed in Japan for many decades.Upgrade your inboxReceive our Daily Dispatch and Editors' Picks newsletters.Today 26% of Toto’s and 30% of Lixil’s revenues come from abroad (much of it from products other than shower toilets). The Japanese mar
Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: AAPL, SBUX & more

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: AAPL, SBUX & more

Finance
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Apple's stock climbed 3 percent after the bell. The tech behemoth posted fourth quarter results with EPS of $ 2.07, blowing past Wall Street expectations of $ 1.87. Its flagship product, the iPhone X, hits stores on Friday and isn't reflected in Thursday's quarterly earnings report.Starbucks shares tumbled 7 percent in extended trading after the company posted mixed quarterly results. Revenue fell lower than Wall Street expectations, but earnings per share were in-line with expectations. The coffee company also announced it is selling the Tazo tea brand to Unilever and will drive a single tea brand strategy with its super premium tea brand, Teavana.Shares of Pandora Media dropped more than 8 percent after hours. The internet radio co...
Is boxset bingeing making us tired?

Is boxset bingeing making us tired?

Entertainment
About 10 million Britons have skipped sleep or made themselves tired the next day because they were binge-watching TV, new research suggests.More than half of British adults watch more than one episode of the same show back-to-back at least once a month.Of those, a third - almost 10 million - admit they have missed sleep or become tired as a result, while a quarter say they have neglected household chores.Media watchdog Ofcom did the research into what it called "box set Britain".Other findings in the broadcasting regulator's Communications Market Report include:Among over-16s, 55% of the population watch more than one episode of the same programme in the same sitting at least once a monthThat proportion rises to 82% for viewers aged 16-24 - and more than one in 10 in this age group say th...
5 Biggest Salad Mistakes You're Making

5 Biggest Salad Mistakes You're Making

Health
I eat some type of salad nearly every day. It's a go-to staple I really look forward to, and I love mixing it up. Some days I toss greens with pico de gallo, black beans, and guacamole, others involve grilled veggies, quinoa, and almonds, or roasted chickpeas and olive tapenade.I enjoy creating new combinations, and to do so without throwing my meal off balance, I use a mix-and-match philosophy: I start with a greens and veggie base, add a lean protein, choose a good-for-you fat, include a small portion of healthy starch, season, and commence crunching.When I talk to my clients about how they build salads, I often find that they're doubling up in some areas, and missing out in others; and those imbalances can either prevent a salad from being slimming, or lead to missing out on key nutrien...