September 28th, 2011
06:27 AM GMT
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Labor costs in Cambodia are cheaper than China, Vietnam or Thailand. That has helped foreign companies like U.S. stuffed toy maker "First & Main" stay profitable, but the biggest challenge for many businesses is finding an educated workforce for more skilled jobs.

Can Cambodia’s education system keep pace with the ambitions of businesses and investors and continue to foster a growing middle class?

Filed under: Outlook Cambodia

September 28th, 2011
05:36 AM GMT
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New Delhi (CNN) - Every morning for almost four years I have been serenaded by the sounds of annoying beeps emanating from my phone. Once started, it continued sporadically through the day and increased as it got dark. Of course you are probably familiar with the sound I’m referring to: The pinging tones of a cell phone’s short message service (otherwise known as an SMS, or text).

In my case on my phone it isn’t an urgent message from the office, friends or family (sigh): instead they are a multitude of solicitations trying to help me speak to “d” public or “increase my height” with new “Japanese technology” now available in India. Never mind those companies are marketing to the wrong person: I’m close to 6-feet tall and I speak to the public all the time as a part of my work as a correspondent.

There were many others that are too boring to mention, but suffice it to say none of them were even remotely useful. I wouldn’t take what they were offering even if it was free so there was no way they were going to find a customer in me. I counted the number of unwanted SMS solicitations for a week and it came to an average of 12 per day. That does not include the unwanted solicitation calls I get.

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Filed under: India

September 28th, 2011
05:20 AM GMT
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(CNN) – As fears of a euro meltdown continue apace, a guerrilla war of Post-it note art has broken out in office spaces across corporate Paris.

The first shot was fired four months ago, when employees at French computer gaming company  Ubisoft  – maker of the popular  "Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell"  and  "Ghost Recon"  game series – put up a Post-it note image from the 1980s classic “Space Invaders” on the window.

“We stuck Space Invader character on our window and the day after, BNP (Paribas), which is the largest bank in France, just across the way, they drew a Pac-Man,” Fabrice Cambonet of  Ubisoft told CNN.

La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it wars) was on.

Filed under: BusinessQuest Means Business

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