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Commentary: Facebook hack raises cloud security alarms again

16 Feb
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For folks who are thinking whether it’s safe to put their precious data on the cloud, the latest news this week of Facebook being hacked must have raised alarm bells.

The security breach, it must be stressed, does not seem to have compromised any consumer data. The social networking site was quick to point that out, as it revealed that some employees had infected their laptops with malware when accessing a developer website last month.

Yet, the breach will challenge the recent conventional wisdom that it’s safer to keep your data online with big companies with high firewalls, such as Google and Facebook, than to store them on your own PC and network. 

Tagged in: cloud, Internet, security, social media, Software, cloud services, facebook, hacking, online security,  

Five things to note when posting on Facebook, after Amy Cheong case

9 Oct

When she posted those insensitive remarks on Facebook, Amy Cheong probably never expected, in even her worst nightmares, that she’d be sacked the next day and hounded out of the country by an angry online community.

Yet, the former NTUC executive is now in Perth, where she has flown off to avoid the backlash, according to The New Paper.

How did a foolish rant about a wedding in the void deck bring such swift and angry reactions? Needless to say, she should not have said those hurtful remarks that have now been condemned as racist.

But there’s a lesson here for anyone using the Internet, that is, a random rant to vent after a long day at work can be amplified many times over online. Sometimes, on social media, the lines between private and public are not so clear.

Tagged in: Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, Amy Cheong, diy, facebook, privacy settings, Singapore, Social Media,  

Share travelogues and plan trips with Qiito

8 Jul
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There are new social networks sprouting all the time, each trying to carve a niche to build on Facebook’s popularity.

One that has been gaining traction lately, and looks quite interesting is Qiito, a service started by a team in Singapore, which lets users easily share their travelogues and plan trips for the future. It’s a little like Pinterest meets Facebook meets Trip Advisor.

Tagged in: Internet, Web 2.0, facebook, Pinterest, Qiito, social network, travelogue, Trip Advisor,  

Starcount brings entertainment charts to social media

11 Jun
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Klout is but one way to measure a person’s influence in cyberspace, and a new player is looking to fire up the game with an emphasis on the popularity of entertainment personalities.

Singapore-based Starcount, as its name suggests, collects data from 11 major social networks in the world, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Sina Weibo, and measures how popular your favourite movie star or popular figure is on social media.

The result: chart after chart of the world’s most popular people, which the user can sort according to territory and category. In Singapore, for example, JJ Lin was the most popular in “social media” at an unveiling event a fortnight ago and the Workers’ Party the most popular in “politics”. Those at the top might not stay there for long, though — the charts are updated daily.

Tagged in: Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, facebook, Klout, Starcount, Twitter, YouTube,  

Five quick questions on Facebook and Instagram

10 Apr
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Just hours ago, Facebook bought the popular photo service Instagram for a cool US$1 billion in cash and stock, making it one of the biggest deals for a mobile app developer of late.

This comes, of course, just before Facebook starts trading as a public company next month, when it is expected to cash in even more. That may make buying Instagram, a two-year-old company that started off creating Polaroid-style pictures for iPhone users, seem hardly costly.

Yet questions abound regarding the acquisition. Here are five that are being asked now:

Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Media, social media, Storage, Web 2.0, buyout, facebook, Instagram, photo sharing, Social Media,  

Facebook’s dependence on advertising the focus of IPO worries

2 Feb
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Who would bet against Facebook today, as it readies for the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the United States in the coming months?

Yet, amid the excitement, one thing that investors will read about is this troubling reminder of the threat coming from rival social networking efforts from the likes of Google, which can take away key advertising dollars.

Tagged in: Featured, google, Internet, Web 2.0, facebook, Google, IPO, social networking, Zynga,  

LinkedIn to leverage projected economic downturn for regional push

23 Dec
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With a successful initial public offering and the recent opening of its Asia Pacific (APAC) headquarters in Singapore under its belt, professional networking website LinkedIn is gearing up for more growth in the coming year despite a projected economic downturn looming on the horizon.

In fact, you might even say the company is counting on it.

“Talent remains key to how companies compete,” said Arvind Rajan, Managing Director and Vice President of LinkedIn in Asia Pacific and Japan. LinkedIn aims to elevate the role of these “talents” to be an important source of competitive advantage for companies.

Tagged in: Singapore, social media, facebook, linkedin,  

Singapore Facebook users vent anger on fake SMRT “feedback” page

16 Dec



From the angry to the sarcastic, Singapore’s frustrated train commuters have taken to Facebook pages – real and fake – to vent their unhappiness at the massive train disruption yesterday. Thousands of commuters were left stranded when train services on segments of the North-South line were disrupted during yesterday’s evening peak travelling  hours.

Folks on one particular train, trapped in a tunnel between stations, resorted to smashing a fire extinguisher at a window to get fresh air, after power came off and the air conditioning went offline. They then hiked to the nearest station in a dimly-lit tunnel, during the latest but one of the most serious disruptions to the city’s train services.

Today, Internet users were fast to vent their anger at SMRT on the social media space, whether this was through a fake SMRT Facebook page set up by online pranksters or on SMRT’s own page.

Tagged in: Featured, Internet, Singapore, Web 2.0, facebook, Singapore, SMRT, Social Media, train disruption,  

Survey: Internet as important as air, food, water and shelter to Gen Y

27 Sep
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Going on the Internet is so important to its wired Gen Y users today that they rate it as something as essential and basic as air, food, water and shelter, according to a report released late last week.

A third of a group of about 2,800 youths told a survey conducted by networking vendor Cisco earlier this year that they considered the Internet as important as some of the most basic needs for survival. More than half of them said they could not live without the Internet, citing it as something that was “integral” to their everyday lives.

Tagged in: Internet, social media, Cisco Connected World Technology Report, facebook, Gen Y, Internet,  

Facebook blocks user’s Google+ ads, removes his other ads

19 Jul
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(Credit: Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

Facebook has taken down an app developer’s ads promoting this Google+ account and promptly banned his other ads on the social networking site, as the tussle for control of the Internet heats up between the online giants.

According to reports over the weekend, Michael Lee Johnson had put up an ad telling fellow Facebook users to visit his Google+ page, where he claimed to be an “Internet geek, app developer (and) technological virtuoso”. But a few days later, Facebook yanked his ads out, saying that he had flouted their terms and conditions.

Tagged in: Featured, google, Internet, social media, Web 2.0, facebook, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, MySpace, online advertising,