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350 million digital consumers in Southeast Asia, as e-commerce booms
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350 million digital consumers in Southeast Asia, as e-commerce booms

September 6th, 2021 | by Alfred Siew
Some 70 million digital consumers were added after the pandemic began in early 2020, according to a report by Facebook and Bain &...
Facebook unveils plans for subsea cables linking US to Singapore, Indonesia
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Facebook unveils plans for subsea cables linking US to Singapore, Indonesia

March 30th, 2021 | by Alfred Siew
What's noteworthy about the subsea cables Bifrost and Echo is the route that they are taking across the vast Pacific...
Facebook wrist computing tech can be “hands free”, only needs you to think about an action
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Facebook wrist computing tech can be “hands free”, only needs you to think about an action

March 25th, 2021 | by Grace Chng
With the Facebook wrist computing tech, users just have to think about an action to perform, instead of swiping a screen with a...
Is it time to abandon WhatsApp and switch to Signal, Telegram?
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Is it time to abandon WhatsApp and switch to Signal, Telegram?

January 13th, 2021 | by Alfred Siew
WhatsApp is learning that you can lose customers as fast as you win them virally, thanks to privacy concerns on its new usage...
GE2020: No easy way to gauge sentiment in Singapore’s digital election campaigns
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GE2020: No easy way to gauge sentiment in Singapore’s digital election campaigns

July 8th, 2020 | by Alfred Siew
Looking at online sentiment alone, you would be hard pressed to predict the outcome of GE2020 in Singapore, or even say if the contest will be...
Goondu DIY: Avoiding those annoying ads you see on Facebook
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Goondu DIY: Avoiding those annoying ads you see on Facebook

February 25th, 2020 | by Alfred Siew
By looking through and adjusting your Facebook ad preferences, you can reduce the number of annoying ads that think they know you....
When fake news, censorship make it harder to tackle a coronavirus
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When fake news, censorship make it harder to tackle a coronavirus

February 3rd, 2020 | by Alfred Siew
It's true that fake news spreads as fast as a coronavirus. But not having the right information in time to make the right decision is also...
When technology doesn’t bring the transformation people want
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When technology doesn’t bring the transformation people want

January 6th, 2019 | by Alfred Siew
So much has unravelled in 2018 that the new year promises to take the polish off technology transformations even more. What's underneath, we may not...
A look back at a tumultuous 2018 in the tech sector
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A look back at a tumultuous 2018 in the tech sector

December 27th, 2018 | by Grace Chng
It has been a tumultuous year for the technology industry, ironically at a time when technology has become all-pervasive....
More echo chambers as people move away from Facebook for news?
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More echo chambers as people move away from Facebook for news?

June 14th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
If Facebook and Twitter once promised a free flow of views in the past, they are now driving people back to find aprivate social network for...
Unwise to put onus on Facebook to protect users’ data, prevent fake news
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Unwise to put onus on Facebook to protect users’ data, prevent fake news

March 23rd, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Governments can and should compel the likes of Facebook to be more transparent about their practices, but they should not be depended on as the arbiters of...
Is using Facebook as bad as smoking cigarettes?
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Is using Facebook as bad as smoking cigarettes?

January 24th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
Though Facebook wants to moderate some of the extreme elements of the network, it is rather late now to set new rules after the game has kicked...
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Free isn’t everything, India tells Facebook as it blocks limited Net app

February 9th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Net neutrality may be a controversial topic on which not everyone agrees. But clearly, in this case, free isn't good enough. It has to be fair as...
As you, the product, face privacy threats in 2016, can you opt out?
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As you, the product, face privacy threats in 2016, can you opt out?

January 1st, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
You will love the new technology coming your way in 2016, but it will no longer be with the wide-eyed awe of...
Commentary: Facebook hack raises cloud security alarms again
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Commentary: Facebook hack raises cloud security alarms again

February 16th, 2013 | by Alfred Siew
The breach will challenge the recent conventional wisdom that it's safer to keep your data online with big companies with high firewalls than to store them on your own PC and network....
Five things to note when posting on Facebook, after Amy Cheong case
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Five things to note when posting on Facebook, after Amy Cheong case

October 9th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
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,...
Share travelogues and plan trips with Qiito
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Share travelogues and plan trips with Qiito

July 8th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
The online service started in Singapore works a little like Pinterest meets Facebook meets Trip...
Starcount brings entertainment charts to social media
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Starcount brings entertainment charts to social media

June 11th, 2012 | by Raymond Lau
Singapore-based Starcount 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...
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Five quick questions on Facebook and Instagram

April 10th, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
What now for privacy and are we returning to the excesses of the dot.com days? These are among the questions that users and market watchers are asking after Facebook's acquisition of Instagram for a cool US$1...
Facebook’s dependence on advertising the focus of IPO worries
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Facebook’s dependence on advertising the focus of IPO worries

February 2nd, 2012 | by Alfred Siew
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...