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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Pingsi to hold Yuan Zai party

With the first birthday of Taipei Zoo’s giant panda cub Yuan Zai (圓仔) around the corner, New Taipei City’s Tourism and Travel Department is to release a raft of panda-shaped sky lanterns at a party in Pingsi (平溪) on July 5 to celebrate the bear turning one. A 4.5m-tall sky lantern in the shape of a giant panda and 150 smaller lanterns measuring 1.2m each are to be released from an elementary school to mark the milestone of the first giant panda born in Taiwan, department officials said. Yuan Zai fans who want to take part in the release can apply to do so on the department’s Web site starting on Wednesday next week, they said. There are 150 slots available for NT$399 each, which covers the cost of a small lantern. Participants will also receive souvenirs, including two panda-shaped meal boxes and a travel book featuring 12 stories about New Taipei City. The meal box has been designed by the New Pingsi Coal Mine Museum and will contain popular local dishes, the department said.


Unlicensed software popular

In the Asia-Pacific area, Taiwan ranks joint fifth with South Korea in terms of prevalence of unlicensed software use, with an average of 38 percent of software installed on personal computers not properly licensed, a poll published on Tuesday showed. The Business Software Alliance Global Software Survey found that 43 percent of PC software worldwide last year was not properly licensed, representing a commercial value totaling US$62.7 billion. Japan had an unlicensed usage rate of 19 percent, New Zealand had 20 percent, Australia had 21 percent and Singapore had 32 percent, the poll showed. For the region, the rate was 62 percent last year — a commercial value of US$21 billion.

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