Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Wednesday, 20/1/16

Country Case File: Japan; the Great Twitter Outage on Tuesday; GroupM signs partnership with Line; stolen Uber accounts worth more than credit cards; China's GDP; the world's biggest talent magnets; chocolate-covered fries at McDonalds

Gentle optimism for Japan's PR industry as economy begins slow recovery

Japan, the world's third-largest economy, has been in recession four times since the global financial crisis but latest GDP figures, released in December, signal a more positive future for the Land of the Rising Sun.

How did you survive the Great Twitter Outage of 2016?

Well, that's awkward. #twitterdown was the top trending topic in the US late Tuesday morning.

GroupM to give brands access to Line's 212 million users

GroupM has announced a media partnership with instant-messaging app/service Line, giving brands access to Line's growing user base of 212 million monthly active users.

Stolen Uber accounts are worth more than stolen credit cards

Uber, PayPal and even Netflix accounts have become much more valuable than credit cards to criminals, as evidenced by the price these stolen identifiers now fetch on the so-called "deep Web," according to security company Trend Micro.

What is China's actual GDP? Experts weigh in

China announced Tuesday that its economy notched 6.9 percent growth in 2015 — down from the prior year, but perfectly matching expectations. And yet commentary from around the world suggests almost no outside investor or economist believes Beijing's figures.

These are the world's biggest 'talent magnets'

Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg occupy the top three spots in Adecco's latest annual benchmarking of countries' ability to compete for talent.

McDonald's newest menu item...chocolate-covered fries?

McDonald's revealed it's latest menu item on Tuesday, but you'll have to travel to Japan to taste this delicacy.

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