Facebook unveils ‘lite’ app for emerging markets

APACWASHINGTON: Facebook said on Monday (Jan 26) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.” The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/facebook-unveils-lite-app/1617480.html

Bangladesh shuts down messaging services to quell violence

DHAKA – Bangladeshi telecoms authorities Sunday shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango, which have become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.  The Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission closed down the apps “for the time being” on orders from law enforcement and security agencies, a commission spokesman told AFP.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/world-updates/457693/bangladesh-shuts-down-messaging-services-to-quell-violence

Tumblr, still not blocked in China, soon to offer Chinese version

Free blogging and social networking site Tumblr is working on a Chinese version of its platform, according to iFanr. Some Tumblr users in China received invites to join the closed beta test of the translated site. While blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger are blocked by China’s Great Firewall on the mainland, Tumblr is not (I used it to blog before starting this job for that reason). That’s probably due to the site not having a Chinese version and most of the content being more fun and shareable rather than serious and informative.

https://www.techinasia.com/tumblr-blocked-china-offer-chinese-version/

Alibaba’s latest mobile messaging effort: Social networking for businesses

BEIJING – China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is piloting a mobile messaging app aimed at marrying social networking with business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday, as the company expands its enterprise services. The app, called DingTalk, was quietly made available in December and is still in beta testing, according to its website. (http://www.dingtalk.com) Capable of carrying conference calls and group messaging, DingTalk targets small- and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are already Alibaba’s customers.

http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/alibabas-latest-mobile-messaging-effort-social-networking-businesses

Is China Mobile Now Competing With Whatsapp And Wechat?

Chinese information technology solutions provider Ultrapower’s wholly-owned subsidiary is helping China’s biggest mobile provider compete with instant messaging apps like Facebook’s Whatsapp, Tencent’s Wechat, and Apple’s iMessage. Feinno Communication Tech, the Ultrapower subsidiary, has signed an agreement with China Mobile Guangdong branch to develop a customized platform and apps for the personal converged communications system project being created by the China Mobile branch.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/01/13/21332-is-china-mobile-now-competing-with-whatsapp-and-wechat

Policemen get ahead of the crowds with social media

Summer 2012 was a very busy one for the Metropolitan Police Service, where they oversaw the London Olympics and Paralympics Games, the Royal Jubilee, and the annual Notting Hill Carnival. How did they manage the massive crowds and public safety conditions during this period?

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5990-policemen-get-ahead-of-the-crowds-with-social-media

Line cuts the revenue share of sticker creators from 50 to 35%

Line’s DIY sticker marketplace used to be known for its largesse but from February 1, its terms are going to get a lot tighter. Currently, sticker creators get 50 percent of the proceeds from selling their stamps. Next month, that number will go down to 35 percent. The change will be effective worldwide. Though gaming is Line’s biggest money maker, the messaging app’s popularization of stickers in communication is a major contributor to its viral success.

https://www.techinasia.com/line-cuts-stamp-creator-revenue-share/

Rage against Airtel spills onto social networking sites

BENGALURU: Bharti Airtel was at the receiving end of a brutal backlash on the Internet after it decided to impose special tariff for voice calls made over services like Skype or Viber.  The telecom operator’s decision to charge more for voice services that run using data is being vehemently opposed by consumers, many of whom took to the Internet to vent their anger.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/rage-against-airtel-spills-onto-social-networking-sites/articleshow/45671426.cms

Infosys under Vishal Sikka making inroads in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud space

BENGALURU: Infosys under new CEO Vishal Sikka is fast building its capabilities in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud space, or SMAC, as it has significantly upped its recruitment in this space even as it continues to put its existing workforce under training for artificial intelligence (AI), including machine-to-machine learning technologies. The country’s second-largest software exporter has also built a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for AI at its Pune development centre and plans to train over 500 engineers every quarter, according to people familiar with the development.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-under-vishal-sikka-making-inroads-in-the-social-mobility-analytics-and-cloud-space/articleshow/45644286.cms

Social media, big data, the cloud seen as game-changing trends for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Social media, the cloud and big data will be the game-changing trends that will transform Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and spur further growth of the Internet of things (IoT) next year, say industty players. National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) chairman Cheah Kok Hoong said Malaysia has started to tap into the rapidly growing potential of IoT, which could be a new economy itself covering business areas such as embedded device manufacturing, connectivity infrastructure and application deployments.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/social-media-big-data-the-cloud-seen-as-game-changing-trends-for-malaysia

Shut up! Samsung’s ChatOn to be shut down after being overrun by messaging app rivals

Samsung revealed today that its messaging app, ChatOn, will shut up and shut down on February 1, 2015. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quotes the tech giant as saying that the closure is its reaction to “changing demands in the market,” and that the world’s top smartphone maker wants to focus more “on other areas such as health and mobile commerce.”

https://www.techinasia.com/samsung-chaton-shut-down-after-losing-to-messaging-app-rivals/

Here are some of Indonesia’s most memorable tweets in 2014

Indonesians are some of the most frequent users of social media websites, including Twitter. With about 20 million monthly active users, Twitter has become one of the main tools for Indonesians to communicate online, and today the social media giant reveals (via ADdiction) just how significant the tweets coming from Indonesia are. The report showcases the most popular retweets, hashtags, conversations, and accounts in Indonesia.

https://www.techinasia.com/twitter-year-in-review-2014-indonesia/

KakaoTalk introduces end-to-end encryption for chats following outcry over privacy concerns

Yet another high-profile message app has upped the ante on protecting its user data. KakaoTalk, the flagship app from Korea’s newly-formed Daum Kakao, announced today the introduction of “Secret Chat,” a special type of chatroom that implements end-to-end encryption for for all communications. The company states that decryption keys for messages in Secret Chat are stored on the users’ actual devices, which prevents outside parties from obtaining the contents of the chatroom.

https://www.techinasia.com/kakaotalk-introduces-endtoend-encryption-chats-outcry-privacy-concerns/

45 fake social networking accounts cases reported till October: Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: The number of fake and duplicate social networking accounts is on the rise with 45 cases being registered till October this year, Parliament was informed today.  A total number of 3, 45, 37, 41 and 45 cases of fake/duplicate accounts/profiles on various social networking websites were reported to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in the year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (till October) respectively by various law enforcement agencies, Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/45-fake-social-networking-accounts-cases-reported-till-october-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/45361190.cms

SEA companies will invest more in 2015 to create and build awareness: LinkedIn #cloud #cloudcomputing

More than half of companies (56 percent) in South East Asia (SEA) are spending more to raise general awareness of their company to establish a strong employer brand. With the view that competition for top talent is increasing (54 percent), coupled with a planned increase in hiring (53 percent), companies have said that spending on the employer brand will increase.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/careers/sea-companies-will-invest-more-in-2015-to-create-and-build-awareness-linkedin/

Whatsapp most used messaging app in India, followed by Facebook Messenger: Study

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the top messaging application in India with 52% market share, followed by Facebook Messenger with 42%, Skype with 37% and WeChat with 26% share, according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI) study. Viber stood at fifth spot with 18% share and Line stood at sixth position with 12%.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/whatsapp-most-used-messaging-app-in-india-followed-by-facebook-messenger-study/articleshow/45298895.cms

Line crowns Creators Market Award winners, reveals $30M revenue from user-created stickers

Last night in Tokyo, blockbuster messaging app Line held its first ever Creators Market Award ceremony. The Line Creators Market allows ordinary users to design and sell original stickers. The 40-sticker sets cost 100 yen each (US$0.85), with the creator keeping 50 percent of each sale. Line CEO Akira Morikawa took the stage before the awards were presented to reveal some impressive data about the Creators Market’s success.

https://www.techinasia.com/line-creators-market-awards-30m-revenue/

When will Twitter’s Indonesia office open up?

In general, Indonesians are pretty proud of their social media usage. Perhaps Jakarta’s congested rush hour traffic gives locals more time to play with their smartphones and send out status updates. In June, Twitter confirmed that it has around 20 million active users in Indonesia. Globally, the company has close to 255 million active users, but Jakarta is the most active city on the social network, and 15 percent of the world’s tweets are brewed up in the archipelago.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-startup-asia-jakarta-2014-twitter/

Trai examining Bharti Airtel’s special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/trai-examining-bharti-airtels-special-deals-on-facebook-and-whatsapp/articleshow/45265212.cms

India is one of our fastest growing market: Twitter

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the rising penetration of Internet in the country, a top official from Twitter today said India is one of the fastest growing market for the micro-blogging site. The US-based social networking platform said it will be investing more in India, which industry body IAMAI has predicted will surpass the US by December this year in terms of Internet users.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/india-is-one-of-our-fastest-growing-market-twitter/articleshow/45240255.cms