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

India is a Promising Market for Facebook, Says Sandberg

BANGALORE: The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, said, “No other country has the potential that India has”, also added that in India there are more than 100 million users and 1.2 billion users worldwide and she wants to ensure that access to Internet in India is faster, better and cheaper, reports Business Insider. “India is Facebook’s second largest market, fastest growing market, and fastest growing Internet connectivity in APAC. It is of high priority for us,” Sandberg said.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/India-is-a-Promising-Market-for-Facebook-Says-Sandberg-nid-169067-cid-2.html

Facebook seeks India revenue boost with ‘missed call’ ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc wants its users in India to hang up on advertisers. The Internet social networking company is testing a new type of ad in the country that allows mobile phone users to click a button that calls a brand advertiser, immediately hangs up and then receives a return call. The return call delivers pre-recorded audio messages about everything from sponsored cricket scores to information about shopping discounts, minimising data charges for the user. The so-called “missed call” ad was specially created by Facebook to appeal to users in the world’s second-most populous country, and potentially in other emerging markets.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/02/Facebook-seeks-India-revenue-boost-with-missed-call-ads/

Facebook reaches 69M users in Indonesia, one of its largest markets

Facebook just saw its active user base in Indonesia rise to 69 million, according to a statement from Facebook’s Indonesia head, Anand Tilak. Two quarters back, the company reported 65 million active monthly users in the country pointing to a 6-percent increase. Indonesia is actually one of Facebook’s largest markets, despite the fact that Internet access isn’t always available and just 23-percent of the Southeast Asian country’s 240 million people have smartphones, according to Nielsen.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/27/facebook-reaches-69m-users-in-indonesia-one-of-its-largest-markets/

Myanmar’s new mobile internet users embrace Android smartphones, pick Viber over Facebook

Half of Myanmar’s mobile internet users came online during the past 12 months, according to a major survey in the newly emerging nation. 49 percent of all the country’s web users only access the web on their phones. That means the people of Myanmar are skipping the era of PCs entirely. They’re also sidestepping basic ‘feature phones’ and are instead leaping straight into Android smartphones. The survey from On Device Research, which questioned people and also monitored the device they’re using, found that China’s Huawei is the number one phone brand in Myanmar with 71 percent of respondents using an Android-powered Huawei smartphone.

http://www.techinasia.com/myanmar-new-mobile-internet-users-embrace-android-smartphones-and-viber/

Facebook outage may have been hacker attack – from China

Facebook’s website and app were both unavailable for 31 minutes on Thursday evening from approximately 6:00pm AEST, making it the site’s longest outage in four years, according to the Guardian. The social network has not yet revealed what led to the downtime, prompting wild theories about its cause – including speculation that it may have been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/2014/06/20/09/42/facebook-outage-may-have-been-hacker-attack

One telco in Thailand just confirmed the military forced it briefly to block Facebook

Remember the panic in Thailand on the afternoon of May 28 when Facebook was inaccessible for most people in the country? It came less than a week after the military coup that ousted the Prime Minister, and it left many Thai netizens concerned that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) could be blocked for the duration of the coup.

http://www.techinasia.com/telenor-dtac-says-thailands-government-forced-facebook-block/

VN Facebook users snub negative posts

This was listed as the most common reason for turning friends into former friends, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they have done this to someone due to the constant annoyance of their meaningless posts. The survey done in April of 1,000 respondents also said 54 per cent “unfriended” people because of negative status updates. Other common reasons for jettisoning friends were too many unrelated tags (50 per cent), boastful updates, and game requests (both 49 per cent).

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/103855/vn-facebook-users-snub-negative-posts.html

Thailand social media stats: 28 million on Facebook, 4.5 million on Twitter, 1.7 million on Instagram

Back in March, Thailand had roughly 24 million Facebook users and 1.5 million Instagram users. Twitter saw 35 percent user growth and 45 percent more use per user in 2013 compared to 2012 in Thailand. The number has grown significantly since then. Earlier this week at the Thailand Zocial Awards in Bangkok, some interesting numbers were presented. Zocial Inc, the company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, hosted the event.

http://www.techinasia.com/thailand-social-media-stats-28-million-facebook-45-million-twitter-17-million-instagram/

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.

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

They ban it from citizens, but Chinese officials are active on Facebook

China’s Communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. But when it comes to self-promotion they are increasingly keen users themselves. The official news agency Xinhua, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece the People’s Daily, and state broadcaster CCTV all have Twitter accounts, as do a host of city and provincial authorities. When the city of Hangzhou, renowned for its lakes and canals, looked to raise its international profile it turned to Facebook, the world’s most-popular social network.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1514835/how-chinese-officials-banned-facebook

Despite the Great Firewall, Facebook’s business is slowly growing in China

Chinese authorities blocked access to Facebook in July 2009, but despite remaining behind the Great Firewall ever since, the world’s biggest social network has still managed to infiltrate China’s businesses and web infrastructure. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported Facebook is “taking steps” to open a sales office in China, according to people familiar with the matter.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1511291/despite-great-firewall-facebooks-business-slowly-growing-china

The real reason why Facebook dominates Vietnam but Twitter could never make it

Although social media like Facebook and Twitter are growing in Vietnam in a way they’re not in neighboring China, it’s worth noting that the two are not doing equally well in Vietnam: Facebook is loved in Vietnam while Twitter is ignored. Why is that?  Let’s look at some numbers. Facebook in Vietnam has been adding about one million new users per month. This month last year, Facebook had 12 million users in Vietnam. In January, that number hit 22 million. If the growth has remained stable, it could be around 24 million today. That makes Vietnam one of Facebook’s fastest growing countries.

http://www.techinasia.com/vietnam-loves-facebook-not-twitter/

Facebook hits a major milestone, now has 100 million active users in India

Last August we noted that Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) had 82 million active users in India. But now the social network has hit an important milestone, surpassing 100 million monthly active users in the country. Javier Olivan, Facebook’s vice-president of growth and analytics, told India’s Economic Times that the landmark number was reached on March 31st. 84 percent of those 100 million Facebook users in India access it via mobile. India is set to hit a quarter of a billion web users sometime this year.

http://www.techinasia.com/facebook-100-million-users-in-india/

3 ways WhatsApp can help Facebook grow

The internet was abuzz with major acquisitions in recent weeks ranging from Viber’s acquisition by Rakuten to the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook. In particular there has been significant commentary on how the WhatsApp acquisition may create growth for Facebook. From TNS’ point of view – we know growth comes in different flavors. Take new user acquisition for example: it makes a whole lot of sense for Facebook if WhatsApp users belong to a younger generation, as this segment typically represents active and engaged social media users.Using data from TNS Mobile Life 2013, we will explore three dimensions of acquired growth for WhatsApp and Facebook under this new relationship.

http://www.techinasia.com/3-ways-whatsapp-facebook-grow/

ITRI and Open Compute Project Foundation Celebrate Opening of Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Certification Testing Center

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (Marketwired) — 03/04/14 — ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech R&D institutions, and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, celebrated the opening of the ITRI OCP Global Certification Testing Center at the OCP Taiwan Forum on March 4th. The new center will provide global validation service in support of OCP Foundation’s vision for open sourced hardware.

http://www.einpresswire.com/article/193422284/itri-and-open-compute-project-foundation-celebrate-opening-of-open-compute-project-ocp-global-certification-testing-center