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Google opens first Asia startup campus in Seoul
By Youkyung Lee
AP Technology Writer
MONKEY MONIKER. A newborn baby monkey named Charlotte
clings to her mother at the zoo in Oita, southern Japan. The monkey born
at the Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden will keep its name after all.
Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether calling the mon-
key Charlotte offended its British royal namesake. (Photo courtesy of the
Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden via AP)
No offense to royals: Monkey in
Japan keeps name Charlotte
TOKYO (AP) — A monkey born in a Japanese zoo will
keep its name, Charlotte, after all.
Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether
calling the monkey Charlotte offends its British royal
The officials said they will stick to their first choice
because there was no protest from Britain’s royal family.
“We have decided to respect the feelings of the people
who voted for the name to congratulate the birth of the
princess,” said city spokesman Kazuyuki Adachi.
The name flap began May 6, when the popular
Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden named a
newborn macaque Charlotte, which was the favorite in a
Immediately after announcing the name for its first
monkey born this year — a tradition at the zoo, which is
run by the southern city of Oita — the zoo was flooded with
angry calls and e-mails.
Charlotte was the favorite name in the public ballot.
Votes for Charlotte surged after the British princess was
named May 4 and topped the ballot in the last three days
of voting, which ran from March 27 to May 6.
Some critics said giving the name of the princess to a
monkey was disrespectful to British royals.
The complaints originated in Japan. Asano said he was
not aware of any complaints from British citizens. He also
said the zoo received support for the name Charlotte.
Adachi said officials took seriously the views of both sides.
Oita mayor Kiichiro Sato endorsed the decision, saying:
“(The monkey) is given a wonderful and cute name,
Charlotte. I think we should stick to Charlotte.”
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STARTUP SCENE. Employees of Rainist work during a media tour
at the Google campus in Seoul. Google’s first campus for startups and
entrepreneurs in Asia has opened in a glitzy neighborhood in Seoul.
Google cited South Korea’s flourishing startup scene and pervasive
smartphone use as the reasons for picking Seoul after opening similar
sites in London and Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
“Our goal with Campus Seoul is to create a space where
entrepreneurs can thrive,” Mary Grove, director of Global
Entrepreneurship, said on Google’s official blog. “Where
they can feel at home with the local community, yet have
everything they need to build a global company.”
As the only startup campus in Asia backed by Google,
Campus Seoul will also help startups from overseas
understand the South Korean and other markets in the
region, according to Grove.
Consumer culture gone wild: Boar visits Hong Kong mall
HONG KONG (AP) — Talk about our consumer culture
A Hong Kong shopping mall received a visit from a ham-
fisted customer this month, when a wild boar wandered in
and got trapped inside a children’s clothing store.
Video aired by local television stations showed the boar,
which had apparently climbed up a ladder in the shop’s
back room, punching a hole through the showroom’s false
ceiling with a hoof.
News reports said the animal was a 55-pound, three-
foot-long juvenile female.
A crowd of shoppers, watching from behind a line of
police, squealed in amazement as the boar clambered
down onto the top of a display case, jumped to the floor,
and skittered around the shop, knocking over
mannequins and signs.
The boar was eventually tranquilized by a vet and taken
to an animal rehab center, the South China Morning Post
Wild boars are common in Hong Kong, where they are
often found roaming the forested hills of the southern
STORE STOWAWAY. A wild boar is seen on top of a display rack
at a children’s clothing store at a mall in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong
shopping mall received an unusual visit after the wild boar wandered in-
side and got trapped in the clothing store. The boar was eventually tran-
quilized by a vet and taken to an animal rehab center, according to local
newspaper reports. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)
Second Uber office in China under investigation
Uber faces multiple legal and regulatory challenges as
it expands in the United States and abroad. In India, it
has been banned in New Delhi — the southern technology
hub of Hyderabad — and the entire southern state of
The company, which is valued at $40 billion, allows
passengers to summon taxi drivers in more than 250 cities
around the world.
Such services have become hugely popular in China’s
congested cities, particularly those such as the capital,
Beijing, and the financial hub of Shanghai, where hailing
a taxi on the street during rush-hour can be all but
A late arrival to the China market, Uber faces heavy
competition from more established local apps backed by
major investors. Most estimates put its share of the
Chinese market at about one percent.
Another deadly earthquake spreads fear and misery in Nepal
Google Inc. cited South Korea’s flourishing startup
scene and pervasive smartphone use as the reasons for
picking Seoul after opening similar sites in London and
Located in Gangnam, Campus Seoul rents out its
21,528-square-foot space to startups and venture
investors. It has an open office plan designed to foster
collaboration between fledgling companies and a café that
anyone can use after signing up.
The campus is the latest addition to the expanding
startup scene in the Gangnam district which has
attracted app developers, entrepreneurs, and investors.
In the last two years, spaces dedicated to startups such as
D. Camp and Maru 180 have also opened.
The area has recently begun attracting venture funds
from Japan and Silicon Valley seeking to bet on fledgling
Almost every day, a meeting or a conference among tech
startups takes place in Gangnam, also home to a major
business complex housing South Korea’s largest business
Google plans to host events for tech startups as well and
begin a mentoring program for female entrepreneurs with
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have visited Uber
offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the
company’s operations in China.
An official at Chengdu’s city transportation commission
said the visit was part of an investigation into Uber
allowing private drivers to offer their services via the
taxi-hailing app, which has established a presence in
about 10 Chinese cities.
The Chinese government in January banned drivers of
private cars from offering such services through apps.
Police later raided Uber offices in the southern city of
Guangzhou, seizing thousands of iPhones and other
equipment used to run the business.
The city’s transport commission said it suspected Uber
was operating an illegal taxi service without a proper
business registration and threatened fines of 30,000 yuan,
or about $4,860, to those operating such services.
EOUL, South Korea — Google’s first campus for
startups and entrepreneurs in Asia has opened in a
glitzy neighborhood in Seoul, the capital of South
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scared, we are terrified. I would
rather deal with mosquitoes and the
rain than sleep in the house.”
Extra police were sent to patrol
ad-hoc camping areas, while drinking
water and extra tents were provided,
according to Kathmandu admini-
strator Ek Narayan Aryal.
“I thought I was going to die this
time,” said Sulav Singh, who rushed
with his daughter into a street in the
Thapathali. “Things were just getting
back to normal, and we get this one.”
Paul Dillon, a spokesman with the
Migration, said he saw a man in
Kathmandu who had apparently run
from the shower with shampoo
covering his head. “He was sitting on
the ground, crying,” Dillon said.
Meanwhile, new landslides blocked
mountain roads in the district of
Gorkha, one of the regions hit hardest
on April 25, while previously
damaged buildings collapsed with the
Residents of the small town of
Namche Bazaar, about 35 miles from
the epicenter of the new quake and
well known to high-altitude trekkers,
said a couple of buildings damaged
earlier collapsed there as well.
However, there were no reports of
deaths or injuries.
The earth also shook strongly in
neighboring Tibet, unleashing a
landslide that killed one person and
injured three, according to China
Central Television. Two houses
collapsed, the state broadcaster said,
quoting disaster officials of the
regional Tibetan government.
Daigle reported from New Delhi. Asso-
ciated Press writers Tim Sullivan in New
Delhi, Indrajit Singh in Patna, India, Didi
Tang in Beijing, and Lolita C. Baldor in
Washington contributed to this report.