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Jan 22, 2015

Modicare may add to big pharma’s Indian gripes

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are her own.)

By Katrina Hamlin

HONG KONG, Jan 22 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi is about to launch a universal healthcare
scheme. Since as much as a quarter of India’s 1.2 billion people
lack access to medicine, that sounds like happy news for drug
makers. Yet the plan bodes ill for efforts to improve the
country’s unreliable patent protections.

Jan 2, 2015
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China index: Ending the year without a bang

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Breakingviews’ alternative growth gauge slowed slightly in November. In contrast to the same period last year, measures like residential property investment and export growth dragged. Shrinking steel production, rail freight and truck sales set the scene for a quiet year-end.

Dec 31, 2014
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Wearable tech will go from novelty to necessity

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Wearable technology is a novelty. Soon it will become a necessity.

Consumers are embracing activity-tracking wristbands, which tell wearers how many steps they took or hours they slept. More than 3 million were sold in the United States alone in the year to last March. Developers like Jawbone and Fitbit collect the information and use it to offer motivational tips and advice on better lifestyle choices.

Dec 11, 2014
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Facebook’s next goal: crack the Socialist network

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

It’s no longer unthinkable that Facebook could one day return to China. But while founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is cosying up to censors, the real challenge will be wresting new friends from huge local rivals.

Dec 2, 2014
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China index: Pick-up is more nurture than nature

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Our economic index rose for the first time in six months in October, but the drivers were man-made and temporary. Pollution spiked thanks to frantic activity ahead of the Beijing APEC summit, while exporters may have inflated their growth to capture currency moves.

Nov 12, 2014
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Japan index: Tightening the purse strings

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Unexpected growth in manufacturing output helped our alternative economic index to a new high in September. But it wasn’t enough to lift consumers: stagnant wages and higher sales taxes left spending in the doldrums. No wonder the central bank decided to ramp up bond purchases.