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DATA centres, housing vast banks of servers for all things digital, have gone from niche real estate to becoming almost mainstream. What is it about these boring buildings that has made investors sit up and take note? Our Brunch feature takes a look at the sector, in The Business Times Weekend this Saturday.

The Raffles Conversation is with Swiss Re chairman Walter Kielholz, who sheds light on why reinsurance is crucial for all parts of the economy: from governments to businesses to consumers.

In our Investing and Wealth section, fundsupermart's Ho Song Hui assesses the Blackrock Dynamic High Income fund, while CFA Singapore Insights focuses on an ethical issue this week: whether buying and selling at the same time constitutes market manipulation.

In business, at the workplace, and in life, getting along with the people around you is essential. John Bittleston shares his tips on how best to handle office politics and other tricky situations at work, in Question Time With Mentor John.

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Disrupted, meanwhile, checks out MVL, Singapore's first decentralised, peer-to-peer ridehailing service that is built on the blockchain.

The Steering Column takes out the new A-Class, a sassy Mercedes that you can command with your voice.

In this week's The Finish Line, our columnist gives his take on the surprising news that the cost of this year's Fifa World Cup TV subscription package did not go up, as was widely expected.

If you're having trouble sleeping (or just need a hug), a weighted blanket might be just the thing. Cult Status tries out the blankets that are all the rage in the US these days.

And in our Health page, a doctor's thoughts on how technology is changing medicine.

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