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19May/15

Alibaba’s Jack Ma says Kering lawsuit “regrettable”

The founder of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd Jack Ma says a lawsuit by a group of luxury goods makers owned by Kering SA accusing the Chinese e-commerce giant of being a conduit for counterfeiters to sell goods was “regrettable”.

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18May/15

Belgian scientists use beer yeast to boost chocolate flavour

Belgium is known for its beer – and its chocolate.

Now scientists say if you put the two together, it results in a superior tasting sweet treat.

Leading chocolate producer Barry Callebaut found that its flavour forms when the sticky white pulp covering cocoa beans ferments during the drying process.

Gino Vrancken leads the company’s global research and development team.

BARRY CALLEBAUT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, GINO VRANCKEN,

“The bean is always pushed through fermentation to develop the aroma potential, but it is never done in so optimally or fully.”

The chocolate connoisseurs turned to scientists from Leuven to help them find the yeast that results in the tastiest cocoa bean

Kevin Verstrepen’s team developed a cross between a beer yeast and one that occurs in the cocoa beans’ natural environment.

PROFESSOR AT KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN UNIVERSITY AND GROUP LEADER AT FLANDERS INSTITUTE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY, KEVIN VERSTREPEN,

“If you just take a good brewer’s yeast and you put it on chocolate you are not really going to get great chocolate, because they are really not adapted to that environment. So, it was really key to take the yeast we added from the chocolate that are used to growing there and that can use of the sugars and nutrients that are available in these chocolate beans.”

The result is a hybrid yeast that releases the most desirable aroma compounds more quickly – and prevents the growth of unwanted fungi.

This allows the producer to replicate the purest cocoa flavour with every bean.

And the Belgian team says using yeasts to engineer the taste of the chocolate means no added chemicals or artifical flavours.

PROFESSOR AT KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN UNIVERSITY AND GROUP LEADER AT FLANDERS INSTITUTE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY, KEVIN VERSTREPEN,

“You will soon be able to go to the supermarket and pick your really favourite chocolate that is a bit more fruity, whereas maybe your significant other will go and he wants some more robust, you know, smokey chocolate, or a caramel-one, or a sweet or less sweet.”

With the beer-powered yeast behind their chocolate, Barry Callebaut is now confident their product will stand up to any taste test.

09May/15

Rolls-Royce Fashion Debut

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Rolls-Royce today unveiled its latest expression of innovative design and cool modern luxury with Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion’. The stunning new vehicle sports numerous techniques and features never-before-seen on a Rolls-Royce Motor Car including materials, colours and textures created by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Design Team.

Source: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

05May/15

Microsoft Empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux Developers to Reach Billions of New Customers

Microsoft Empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux Developers to Reach Billions of New Customers

Announces new toolkits, tools, cloud and productivity services designed for every developer
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01May/15

Tesla unveils batteries for homes

(Reuters Business Report) – Tesla Motors is driving beyond electric cars and into your home. It unveiled new batteries that’ll store solar energy. CEO Elon Musk says homeowners can use them as backup power or go totally off the grid.
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15Apr/15

France says Alcatel can reconquer lost markets with Nokia tie-up

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron says the Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent tie up is a chance to create a “great European champion”.

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05Apr/15

Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year

Mercedes-Benz wins World Car of the Year with its C-Class. Mercedes-Benz also wins World Luxury Car with its S-Class Coupe and World Performance Car with its AMG GT.
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