While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 18 edition

Suspected Western extremists involved in 'evil' ISIS beheading video

Authorities are investigating the suspected involvement of Western extremists in the brutal video by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

The killing of Kassig and the simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 Syrian military personnel in the video sparked global horror, with US President Barack Obama calling it "an act of pure evil".

It was the latest in a series of atrocities by ISIS, a Sunni Muslim extremist group that has seized control of large parts of both those countries.

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Indonesia raises prices of subsidised fuel, new rates effective Monday midnight

Indonesia raised the price of subsidised petrol by nearly 31 per cent last night, in a much-anticipated move welcomed by economists and others as a signal of the new government's commitment to reforming South-east Asia's largest economy.

The pump price of one litre of lowest-grade premium fuel went up from 6,500 rupiah (70 Singapore cents) to 8,500 rupiah at midnight. Diesel now costs 7,500 rupiah a litre, up from 5,500 rupiah.

Talk that a hike was imminent saw long queues of motorists at petrol stations across the country, as well as demonstrations against the hike.

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One Direction back with dose Four of boy band pop

One Direction has returned for the fourth straight year with a holiday season album, as the boy band proves its longevity through a gradually maturing sound.

The British heartthrobs stormed onto the stage in 2010 with an appearance on the talent show The X Factor. Since 2011, the band has released an album every year in November, in time for the holiday shopping season.

With their fourth album released, One Direction defies the short shelf lives that are notorious among boy bands as the five members - whose early works were often penned by others - take turns on writing the songs.

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Spotify joins Uber to put personalised music to shared rides in Singapore and elsewhere

The world's biggest music streaming service Spotify will team up with US car-sharing start-up Uber to offer users personalised music during their rides starting with 10 cities that include Singapore, the Swedish company said.

"With our new first-of-its kind product partnership, Uber and Spotify Premium (paying) users can personalise their Uber ride by playing their favourite Spotify music right through the car speakers," the streaming service said in a statement on its website.

The financial details of the agreement were not made public.

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Facebook service aimed at professionals to launch in a few months - source

Facebook Inc's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter said.

The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared towards workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook's scrolling news feed and other familiar features from the consumer version of Facebook.

The professional version of Facebook, which could compete with services such as LinkedIn Corp, as well as Salesforce.com Inc and Microsoft Corp, would allow users to maintain special profiles that are distinct from their existing Facebook profiles, the person said. Work activities would not be shared on a user's personal profile, and the baby photos, videos and general banter popular in the consumer version of Facebook would not encroach into the professional version.

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