Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 17/3/16

More Oscars fallout; US SCOTUS nomination; Maxis appoints new agencies; the global pension problem; future robots; Korean drama causing issues in Beijing; the 'worst' vehicles

Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court (George Washington University Law School)
Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court (George Washington University Law School)

#OscarsSoWhite fallout continues as Academy apologises for "tone-deaf" portrayal of Asians

Academy respond to letter sent by 25 of its members of Asian descent, including Ang Lee and George Takei.

White House launches @SCOTUSNom Twitter account as Supreme Court fight begins

The Obama Administration is making its case with a new Twitter account that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves a vote in the Senate.

Maxis appoints two new agencies to creative roster, leaves Ogilvy

Maxis Malaysia has selected IPG Mediabrands-owned content arm Ensemble and Kingdom Digital as its creative brand and digital agencies, respectively, following a pitch announced in January this year.

Rich countries have a US$78 trillion pension problem

Dreams of lengthy cruises and beach life may be just that, with 20 of the world's biggest countries facing a pension shortfall worth US$78 trillion, Citi said in a report.

Could you fall in love with this robot?

Humanlike robots may seem creepy, but some roboticists are betting they are the key to unlocking a future in which humans and superintelligent computers coexist, work alongside each other and even develop relationships.

Beijing warns on Korean drama

A new South Korean tele-drama is proving a piece of Hallyu that's too hot for China to handle, forcing the country's Ministry of Public Security to warn of the social ills of too much viewing.

These are the 'worst' new vehicles

It's not a list on which you want to see your new car, SUV or minivan.

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