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People are seen standing in the lobby of the Amazon offices in New York on Feb 14, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>Tech verifies users by hands

Amazon filed a patent for technology that could identify you by scanning the wrinkles in the palm of your hand and by using a light to see beneath your skin to your blood vessels.

This new patent could have particular relevance for Amazon's cashierless brick-and-mortar Amazon Go stores. The resulting images could be used to identify you as a shopper at the stores.
这项新专利可能与亚马逊不设收银员的实体店Amazon Go关系尤为密切,其结果图可用于鉴别人们在Amazon Go商店的顾客身份。

Once implemented, the system will allow customers with Amazon Prime accounts to scan their hands at the store and link them to their credit or debit card.

Shoppers can simply take the items they want and walk out, and sensors installed around the store will automatically bill their Amazon account.


File photo of David Stern. [Photo/Agencies]

>Ex-NBA commissioner dies

Former National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner David Stern, who oversaw the explosive growth in the popularity of the game during his tenure, died at the age of 77 on Wednesday.

Stern, who served 30 years as the NBA's longest-tenured commissioner before Adam Silver replaced him on Feb 1, 2014, had been in serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery on Dec 12 in New York following a sudden brain hemorrhage.

Stern's greatest accomplishment as commissioner is widely considered to be the way he transformed the NBA, which at one time was largely an unknown commodity outside the US, into a globally-televised powerhouse.

Stern was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016.


Headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, Oct 8, 2018. [Photo/IC]

>PBOC cuts reserve ratios

The Chinese central bank decided to inject more than 800 billion yuan through a broad cut of the cash amount that financial institutions must hold as reserves, or the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), to keep liquidity ample and provide cheaper financing for the real economy. The RRR cut, 0.5 percentage point for most financial institutions, will take effect on Monday, the People's Bank of China, the central bank, announced on Wednesday.

The cut will increase fund resources for financial institutions, and the PBOC asked commercial banks to use the released funds to strengthen support on small, micro and private companies, a statement on the PBOC website said.

The central bank has cut the reserve ratio eight times since early 2018 to spur economic growth.

The latest move should not be seen as a change in prudent monetary policy, and it is not a "flood irrigation type of easing", according to the central bank.



>Divorce rates remain high

For the 15th consecutive year, divorces are on the rise in China, with over 3.1 million couples filing for divorce in the first nine months of 2019, according to recently released figures by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Nearly 80% of marriages dissolved due to "discord or an incohesive relationship."

The average divorce came between two to seven years after marriage. Years of rapid development has transformed Chinese society.

Better socio-economic status and more open social concepts can lead to higher tolerance for divorces, according to director of the Institute of Political Science of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Fang Ning.

Increased income also means that people have more options and are less dependent on the marriage to support the family.

Now "couples have fewer extra worries and it is easier for them to leave each other once they find mutually incompatible," said Fang.

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