Amazon.com has launched a textbook rental service, allowing US students to borrow print editions for a school term at up to 70 per cent off the price of new titles, but the education industry is expecting the growth of rentals to slow.
Struck by a daily onslaught of rumours and speculation about the next iPhone or iPad, Apple always refuses to discuss future product launches.
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang crashed out of the Olympic Games on Tuesday morning, in an agonising echo of his withdrawal from the Beijing games four years ago.
Halfway through London’s Olympics, the medals table has taken on a familiar look. China and the US are way out in front and scrapping between themselves to end the games on top. Britain, host of the games, is third, its athletes now poised to deliver over and above the expected return on £235m invested in them. A cascade of gold medals over the weekend has generated waves of national euphoria and goodwill.
Top Olympics officials questioned whether it was appropriate to allow fast-food chain McDonald’s to continue sponsoring the Games amid mounting concern about global obesity, the International Olympic Committee president has admitted.
The chairman of an investigation ordered by Japan’s parliament into the Fukushima nuclear disaster has declared that it was a crisis “made in Japan” resulting from the “ingrained conventions of Japanese culture”.