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Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.

technology

Is Germany's digital angst practical or paranoid?

In Germany, skepticism of the web runs deep. Is it justified?

technology

Startups cater to a new Parisian passion: running

PARIS -- The French are embracing running as a new form of sightseeing and social congregation, and entrepreneurs are launching businesses to serve these athletes.

cities

How Hong Kong's high rents stifle innovation

HONG KONG -- With shop leases that only global brands can afford, the city's small businesses are driven out, while young entrepreneurs see no room to innovate.