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Kidney donor payments 'would save lives' -- Hard-up students should be allowed to pay off their debts by selling a kidney, an academic has argued. Sue Rabbitt Roff, a researcher at Dundee University, said it was time to "explore" kidney donors being paid as an "incentive". Mrs Roff believes the payment should be set at about £28,000 - equivalent to the UK average annual income.

Apple in China.
Foreign Policy: In China Apple's Got A Rotten Core -- From the beginning, Apple positioned itself as a righteous upstart, a firebrand challenge to authority, and to the presumably evil dominance of behemoths like IBM and Microsoft. Its 1997 ad campaign "Think Different," featuring the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King Jr. among other famous iconoclasts, encapsulated the company's concept of itself. As Apple grew larger and more established, its carefully crafted image evolved, but it preserved a rebellious streak. Even today, when Apple is in no way an underdog -- in fact, it's now the largest computer maker in the world -- its image still retains a bit of that upstart sheen. Of course, none of that is an easy sell in China, where the Dalai Lama is a state criminal. Nor is it a simple matter to purchase airtime on Chinese state-run TV stations for ads mocking "Information Purification Directives."

Do you ever actually read your hotel USA Today?
How USA Today Slips $82 Million a Year Onto Your Hotel Bill -- Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today, has been profiting to the tune of tens of millions of dollars a year from these small charges. But now that revenue could be in jeopardy thanks to a lawsuit from a guest who not only noticed the item on his bill -- he was angry enough to sue over it.

I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do.
The Weird Story Of The Swedish Man Who Tried To Build A Nuclear Reactor In His Kitchen -- A young man in Angelholm, in the South of Sweden, has been arrested after apparently trying to create a nuclear reactor in his kitchen. The young man's story appears in Helsingsborgs Dagblad, a Swedish language local paper in the area. The 31-year-old tells the paper that he was able to buy radioactive waste from foreign companies and picked apart the components in a smoke detector (apparently older smoke detector contain nuclear material). He believes he spent between $5,000 and $6,000 on the project in total.

- Sheena Moore

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