Facebook Hits The Same Wall As Apple In China

The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple’s Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review security concerns. When Facebook’s multi-billion-dollar initial public offering launched more than two years ago, details of its prospectus shed light on Facebook’s possible entry into China.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/23/16023-facebook-hits-the-same-wall-as-apple-in-china

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg makes first public appearance speaking in Mandarin

BEIJING: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg impressed during a 30-minute Q&A session at Tsinghua University on Wednesday (Oct 22) when he addressed the crowd and fielded questions in Mandarin. According to a post on his Facebook page, topics discussed during the session included “connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation and the early days of Facebook”.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/facebook-s-mark/1430208.html

Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan.  In response to the order the US-based social networking site revealed IP addresses — a string of numbers identifying the computer being used — connected to two accounts that were uploading personal information and private pictures, lawyer Yohei Shimizu said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/21/Japan-court-orders-Facebook-to-reveal-revenge-porn-IP-addresses/

Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

BEIJING: China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council, including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned.  Zuckerberg — who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito — will attend the business school’s annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/20/Zuckerberg-among-industry-chiefs-named-to-board-of-influential-Beijing-business-school/

Facebook’s new sticker feature unpopular with Vietnamese netizens

Stickers had previously been available within Facebook’s Messages and Messenger app, but not outside messages. But now, they can be used in Comments as well. “The new feature will not bring anything good, and it will create more spam,” Hoang Anh said, an office worker who reportedly spends 2.5 hours in the evening on Facebook. “It seems that Facebook is trying to create a new communication style, the Doraemon-like style, childish and odd with spam messages,” she said.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114344/facebook-s-new-sticker-feature-unpopular-with-vietnamese-netizens.html

Facebook founder presses Indonesian leader on web access

[Jakarta] Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pressed Indonesia’s incoming leader Monday to improve Internet access in the sprawling archipelago saying that his social media network and other sites can help boost the economy. Zuckerberg met president-elect Joko Widodo at his office in the capital Jakarta, before both men – still dressed in their suits – made a tour through the cramped alleys of a bustling textile market, mobbed by an enthusiastic crowd.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/facebook-founder-presses-indonesian-leader-on-web-access

Mark Zuckerberg promises PM Narendra Modi mobile app for Clean India

NEW DELHI: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the firm would create and launch a mobile application devoted to Clean India, during a conversation where they discussed the PM’s pet projects such as Digital India and his hopes to use the networking site’s use for social causes and prevent its misuse by terror outfits.  Zuckerberg told the Prime Minister that he is extremely excited about the government’s Digital India initiative. Modi, a prolific user of social media platforms with nearly 7 million followers on Twitter and around 23 million people following him on Facebook, has asked Zuckerberg to identify domains of the program that it can get involved in and work with the government.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/mark-zuckerberg-promises-pm-narendra-modi-mobile-app-for-clean-india/articleshow/44779335.cms

Zuckerberg launches $1 million Facebook fund for apps that help India’s poorest

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his India visit today with a startling stat: 69 percent of Indians have no clue how the internet can help them. Zuckerberg shared this stark evidence of a digital divide during an address at the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi. Internet.org was founded by Facebook, Samsung, and several other groups, with a mission to bring internet access to under-served regions and people. As part of this initiative, Zuckerberg today launched a US$1 million fund for apps in numerous Indian languages for farmers and various social services. Internet.org will conduct a contest to pick the apps to back.

http://www.techinasia.com/zuckerberg-launches-facebook-fund-for-india-rural-poor/

I am excited about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who is visiting India, is on a mission to get more and more Indians online. In his keynote address, Zuckerberg talked about how he plans to get millions of Indians online. During an interaction, he also talked about net neutrality, starting up, privacy and meeting Prime Minister Modi.  The thing I am really excited about is the Prime Minister’s whole Digital India initiative.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/i-am-excited-about-pm-narendra-modis-digital-india-initiative-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg/articleshow/44765285.cms

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in New Delhi, to meet PM Narendra Modi

Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg is in New Delhi today. One of the big engagements on his itinerary will be his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a keen supporter of social media as a means of reaching out to people.  For the social network, India is the second-largest market outside the US in terms of users but one that generates little revenue. Zuckerberg would certainly be looking to correct that. ET looks at his India pages.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/facebook-founder-mark-zuckerberg-in-new-delhi-to-meet-pm-narendra-modi/articleshow/44726858.cms

Facebook adds stickers to comments, but only if the post originated in Japan

If you’re a Facebook user in Japan, you may have noticed a new feature flooding your Newsfeeds: Pusheen, Meep, and the rest of the Facebook sticker gang are now making an appearance in the comments section of posts. The feature appears to be specific to Japan at present, but members of the Tech in Asia staff report being able to comment with stickers on posts made by users who are located in Japan. If you see the smiley face on the right-hand side of the text box, you can comment with a sticker.

http://www.techinasia.com/facebook-stickers-status-comment-japan-kinokoko/

Usage of social media up, dating apps down during Singapore Grand Prix: Study

SINGAPORE: During the recently-concluded Formula 1 (F1) Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, social media usage climbed while dating apps saw less activity, according to a study by BlisMedia. The big data company said in a press release on Tuesday (Sep 23) that the use of YouTube, for instance, climbed by 211 per cent while Facebook usage rose by 52 per cent. Generally, social media usage increased 191 per cent during the F1 weekend, it stated. By contrast, dating apps such as Tinder and OKCupid saw a decrease in activity among users by 40 per cent during the same weekend, the company noted.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/usage-of-social-media-up/1376550.html

Infosys’ new CEO Vishal Sikka allows staff to use Twitter, Facebook to retain talent

MUMBAI: InfosysBSE 1.27 % Ltd’s new CEO has come up with a novel approach to reviving the financial fortunes of country’s trailblazing outsourcing firm: use Facebook at work, tweet, but get the job done. Infosys has long been run as a conservative company known for keeping strict tabs on work hours and sometimes fining employees for not wearing ties on specific days. Such cheerless self-regard could not have come at a more challenging time, analysts say.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-new-ceo-vishal-sikka-allows-staff-to-use-twitter-facebook-to-retain-talent/articleshow/43311892.cms

Alibaba IPO will make it biggest internet company in China and third biggest in the world

Alibaba will be the third-biggest internet company in the world by market cap if analysts’ estimates hold up. It will surpass both US ecommerce giant Amazon and Chinese rival Tencent. Chinese companies take up four of the top 10 spots and make up three of the top six. Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) sits at number six, while JD (NASDAQ:JD) rounds out the top 10. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) leads by a long shot with nearly twice the market cap as runner up Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).

http://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-ipo-biggest-internet-company-china-and-third-biggest-in-world/

Why hasn’t India produced a Google or a Facebook?

It is often said, and there is empirical evidence to prove it, that 3 out of 6 tech startups in the Silicon Valley (California) have Indians in them. Then how come no Indian has come out with a technology product like a Google or a Facebook? Compare and contrast this with the Chinese technopreneurs. China has produced iconic technology companies such as Huawei, Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Lenovo and Xiaomi, which are today global or at least Asian brands. Where are homegrown Indian brands that have made a global or regional impact?

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/tech-industry/3542999/why-hasnt-india-produced-a-google-or-a-facebook/

Social Media Impressed With PM Narendra Modi’s Speech

NEW DELHI: Indians took to the social networking site Twitter in large numbers impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech on the country’s 68th Independence Day.Reacting to Modi’s speech from the Red Fort here, @PriyalGuliani wrote: “I liked this speech… Rape…cleanliness.. equality ..communal violence .. development.” Another Twitter user, @sanjeevsanyal said: “Wow, what a speech! PM Modi lays out a clear, actionable vision for India. Now over to implementation.”

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Social-Media-Impressed-With-PM-Narendra-Modis-Speech-nid-171119-cid-2.html

Malaysia to study whether Facebook should be blocked

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government will study whether it is necessary to block Facebook following a case of abuse involving the social website, said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek. He said his ministry was conducting studies to gather public views on the matter. “If the people are of the opinion that Facebook should be closed, we are prepared to look into the matter but it is a radical approach,” he told reporters after closing the Cheras Wanita Umno Delegates Meeting on Saturday (Aug 9).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/malaysia-to-study-whether/1305516.html

Japan’s Rakuten Bank now allowing money transfers via Facebook

A new feature from Rakuten Bank, unsurprisingly called “Transfer by Facebook,” is being touted by the bank as the first of its kind in the country and is brilliantly simple to use.  Launch the Rakuten Bank app, pick the Facebook friend and then enter in the amount to be transferred. There’s no need to know the other person’s banking details.  It even works if the friend in question has an account at another bank, although it’s not quite so seamless.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/08/Japans-Rakuten-Bank-now-allowing-money-transfers-via-Facebook/

Facebook has 25 million users in Vietnam

A report by Epinion on the number of Facebook users in Vietnam includes results of a survey that the agency conducted last month based on online interviews with over 1,000 Vietnamese people aged over 18. The report indicates 97% of respondents have Facebook accounts to contact their friends and relatives, share experiences and market products and services. Tran Lien Phuong, research director at Epinion Vietnam, said social media in Vietnam is growing fast, with Facebook seeing the number of subscribers doubling each year.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/103044/facebook-has-25-million-users-in-vietnam.html

Allied Asia Pacific Developed Facebook Crowdsourcing Service "ReFUEL4," Now API Partners of Facebook Advertising; Partnership Pact with Nanigans

TOKYO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Asia Pacific Pte LTD., subsidiary of Allied Architects, Inc. which offers social media marketing support business, is recognized as an official API Partners of Facebook advertising (*1) by Facebook, Inc. (Head Office: United States, California, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and developed the crowdsourcing service “ReFUEL4″ which is specialized for Facebook advertising creation. Signed a partner agreement with sPMD (*2) certified company, Nanigans, Inc. and will start the service to the countries of the world.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3129915