Need to know: the 7 top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Tuesday, 8/3/16

MSLGroup buys Venus Communications; WE hires Alan VanDerMolen; Facebook expands Blueprint; China and economic reform; Hyperloop; Japan and nuclear power; Ashley Madison users

The Hyperloop, which could revolutionise how we travel
The Hyperloop, which could revolutionise how we travel

MSLGroup buys Venus Communications in Vietnam

The Publicis Groupe-owned comms network makes its latest acquisition in Asia, following Arc PR in Sri Lanka.

WE appoints former Edelman exec Alan VanderMolen as APAC-EMEA president

WE Communications has appointed former senior Edelman figure Alan VanderMolen as president across the agency's APAC and EMEA operations.

Facebook woos global advertisers with language support in Blueprint

The digital training program is now available in seven languages, including Korean, Japanese and simplified Chinese, and a scaled-down version compatible with 2G connections.

China aims to strike balance as economy transitions

China is pledging reforms and dispelling fears of a hard landing as it tries to stabilize market sentiment and assert the Communist Party's leadership.

This will completely change travel by 2020

Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and chairman of Hyperloop, says the technology is ready.

Japan ex-PM Kan: We can do without nuclear power

As the fifth anniversary of Japan's massive earthquake and nuclear disaster nears, the former prime minister said it's time to do without nuclear power.

What Ashley Madison users suggest about their employers

Researchers at Tulane and Michigan State University took leaked Ashley Madison account information, anonymized corporate email addresses and counted them to see if the percentage of employees on Ashley Madison could predict certain attributes of company culture.

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