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Bloomberg Businessweek-Asia Edition

Bloomberg Businessweek-Asia Edition October 14, 2019

Each issue of Businessweek features in-depth perspectives on the financial markets, industries, trends, technology and people guiding the economy. Draw upon Businessweek's timely incisive analysis to help you make better decisions about your career, your business, and your personal investments.

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3 min
a juul pod architect says her new stuff is better

Juul’s vape liquid was developed for mature adult smokers, says Chenyue Xing. “It shouldn’t have gotten into the eyesight of juveniles,” she says. Xing, a former top scientist at Juul, says she started Myst Labs to correct the vaping industry’s mistakes. Myst’s first target is the world’s biggest smoker nation, China, where Xing and her co-founders grew up. They face a market crowded with dozens of well-capitalized rivals and a groundswell of worry caused by vaping sickness. At Myst’s research lab in San Jose, Xing says the recent deaths are distressing, but the diagnoses are inconclusive. A billion smokers could benefit from switching to vapes, she says. “But there’s always going to be controversy around new products.” Public-health advocates say the controversies facing vape companies can’t be waved off, and Myst has work…

1 min
weather or not

No matter how much advanced technology brands pack into their masks, ski goggles tend to get foggy and limit peripheral vision. Giro’s $250 Contact goggles, with interchangeable lenses, tend not to do either. The Scotts Valley, Calif.-based brand started in cycling helmets but has gained a following for its patented Vivid lenses, developed with camera outfitter Zeiss, and a semiframeless design that offers an expansive panoramic view. THE COMPETITION • The $220 Cyrius goggles from Julbo also boast an expanded field of vision, thanks to a frameless construction. • Oakley’s popular Prizm line of ski masks (from $150) has lenses that tailor tints to specific environments and conditions. • A pair of $130 Opsin Clarity goggles from POC have three lenses—for sunny, partly sunny, and cloudy conditions—and fit best on medium- or smaller-size faces. THE…

2 min
icy hot

THE DOLOMITES, ITALY The rooms at Adler Lodge Ritten were modeled after rural Alpine dwellings, but these come with private saunas and balconies that overlook the majestic Rosengarten and the Latemar mountains. Nestled a short cable-car ride from the medieval town of Bolzano near the Austrian border, the resort’s main building has a wood-lined bar, restaurant, and spa. Two other structures have 10 junior suites each; separate one- and two-story chalets are also available. From €240 ($264) per person per night NISEKO, JAPAN High-end hotels are making their presence felt in this booming powder paradise, consistently ranked the best ski destination in Asia. When the 100-room Park Hyatt Niseko opens in early 2020, it’ll have ski-in, ski-out facilities, oversize guest rooms with views of Mount Yotei, and a central location in…

3 min
cut the script. bring on the feathers

As Netflix, Amazon, and Apple steal viewers from traditional TV, one German broadcaster is fighting back—with a green-suited grasshopper, a rainbow-hued cockatoo, and a fuzzy pink monster with shimmering wings. The creatures appear in The Masked Singer, a mashup of game show and talent competition that ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE aired live on Thursday nights this summer. B-list and C-list celebrities don outlandish disguises and belt out pop songs, while fans vote on who progresses to the next round—and try to guess who’s hiding under the sequins, fur, and feathers. The Masked Singer averaged 7 million-plus viewers an episode, and for the finale the audience hit 9.5 million—helping the network reach its highest daily market share in 22 years. It won’t likely win Emmys, but these are tough times for traditional broadcasters,…

6 min
using the body’s trash disposals to fight cancer

At their most basic level, many of the deadliest diseases are caused by nests of misguided proteins. Most medicines work by attaching themselves to these proteins and temporarily shutting them down. In the 1990s, Yale University scientist Craig Crews and a colleague had a radical idea: What if a drug could destroy a bad protein by making it a target of the body’s own molecular trash disposal machines? For years, the idea was a lab curiosity. Biotech investors wouldn’t initially back a company based on the concept, which Crews and a few other academics labored to prove could be a practical way to make drugs. The field got a big boost earlier this decade when scientists discovered that some of the most successful medicines turned out to work by piggybacking onto…

5 min
the day trading commissions died

From sharing pictures to sending email to streaming videos, we’re all used to the idea that many of the things we do online are free. We also know that none of those things are really free—Facebook Inc., Google, and other internet companies have plenty of ways to make money off of us once we sign up. Now another industry has adopted this business model: online stockbrokers. On Oct. 1, Schwab said it would cut commissions on trades for stocks and exchange-traded funds to zero, followed on the same day by TD Ameritrade and ETrade the day after. It was the logical endpoint of a decades-long brokerage price war that began when the U.S. Securities Acts Amendments of 1975 ended fixed trade commissions. Some brokerages took that opportunity to increase their fees,…