Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

IndiaMobile World Live — Facebook is holding talks with a number of ISPs in India to expand its Express Wi-Fi programme, after trials in rural areas in partnership with BSNL. Express Wi-Fi, aimed at making broadband in rural areas more affordable, rolled out 125 rural public Wi-Fi hotspots with the state-run operator as part of a pilot project, the Economic Times reported.

Facebook looks to expand Wi-Fi initiative in India

Singapore banks eye Facebook IDs for transfers

SingaporeFT — Banks in Singapore are collaborating on a new service that would allow customers to make payments using Facebook IDs or Twitter username. The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks, allowing users to make payments by selecting the payee’s Facebook ID instead of typing in an account number and sort code.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b2dd2cd8-3f39-11e6-8716-a4a71e8140b0.html#axzz4DP34R7EU

WeChat may be king, but Weibo isn’t as dead as you think

ChinaTech in Asia — We all know that WeChat is the hottest social media platform in China, and that’s been the case for some time. But has Sina Weibo, which was once the belle of China’s social media ball, fallen completely by the wayside? Maybe not. In fact, it might even be making a bit of a comeback.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-king-weibo-dead-data-shows

Facebook, Microsoft, Google to remove inappropriate content for Bangladesh

BangladeshHindustan Times — Facebook, Microsoft and Google have agreed to work with Bangladesh government over “inappropriate contents” on the Internet, the Parliament was told today amidst a series of brutal killings by Islamists of secular bloggers and minorities.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/facebook-microsoft-google-to-remove-inappropriate-content-for-bangladesh/story-rTFZyZ9at52BQuxV6cvQYK.html

Police investigating online threat by Facebook user who wanted to ‘open fire’

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a case of online threat by a Facebook user after he left a comment on a Facebook Group, “We are against Pinkdot in Singapore” on Jun 4. The group says it “serves as a public policy discussion platform on the Pinkdot movement in Singapore”, and “stands against the normalisation of homosexuality within Singaporean society”.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/police-investigating/2870236.html

Microsoft acquires LinkedIn: The Cortana Connection

APACNetworks Asia — If you think of LinkedIn as a social network or an online recruitment service, then you may well be scratching your head about why Microsoft would spend more on it than it has on any other acquisition. But consider that Microsoft has a graph that covers how you’re connected to people by email, documents, messages, meetings and address books, while LinkedIn has a graph that covers jobs, skills, colleagues, and professional connections.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/microsoft-acquires-linkedin-cortana-connection.1466497491

Line and WeChat Strike Advertising Gold

APACWSJ — Marketing on mobile messaging apps has yet to take root in the U.S. and Europe in a big way, but it is already in full swing in Asia. And even then, Japan’s Line and China’s WeChat, two of the dominant mobile messaging applications in the region, are just beginning to scratch the surface of a potential advertising gold mine.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/line-and-wechat-strike-advertising-gold-1466613181

Snapchat’s userbase to exceed Twitter, Pinterest in US: Report

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat by year’s end will have more US users than either Twitter orPinterest , a market tracker said Wednesday. The number of people using Snapchat in the United States will leap more than 27% this year to 58.6 million, meaning that nearly one in five people in the country will be using the service, according to an eMarketer forecast.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Snapchats-userbase-to-exceed-Twitter-Pinterest-in-US/articleshow/52670869.cms

Line sold $268 million worth of stickers last year amid Asia’s messaging boom

JapanQuartz — Messaging app Line is finally going public, and its filing reveals some amazing statistics about a key part of its business: digital stickers. Those stickers generated ¥28.7 billion ($268 million) in revenue last year, about a quarter of the company’s haul. It also makes money from games and advertising, both on Line and two large web portals that it operates. Total revenue in 2015 was ¥120.4 billion ($1.1 billion).

Line sold $268 million worth of stickers last year amid Asia’s messaging boom

Facebook flaw lets attackers into Messenger chats

APACIT News — A vulnerability in Facebook’s Messenger application allowed attackers to adopt a man-in-the-middle position to manipulate the conversation thread in secret, security firm Check Point has revealed. The firm today disclosed details of the flaw after it reported the hole to Facebook earlier this month. Facebook has patched the vulnerability.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/facebook-flaw-lets-attackers-into-messenger-chats-420567

3 reasons WeChat failed internationally (and most other Chinese apps do too)

ChinaTech in Asia — Yesterday, my colleague Steven wrote an excellent piece about Tencent’s chat app WeChatand how, despite the money Tencent poured into marketing via stars like Lionel Messi, the app simply hasn’t caught on outside of China. In virtually every market Tencent targeted, WeChat is still playing second fiddle to Facebook’s apps.

https://www.techinasia.com/3-reasons-wechat-failed-internationally-chinese-apps

WeChat’s global expansion has been a disaster

ChinaTech in Asia — WeChat, the messaging app that’s absolutely everywhere in China, once had global ambitions. It has “great potential to be popular internationally,” said an executive at the Chinese social media giant back in the fall of 2012. The company didn’t just sit back and hope it would happen – starting that year it went out and pushed hard so that parent company Tencent, one of China’s top web companies with a market value of US$197 billion, could have its first overseas success.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-global-expansion-fail

,Tencent: WeChat can help brands tap into Mainland market

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — The vast majority of Chinese tourists have already made purchasing decisions for foreign products before they travel, according to findings from Tencent International Business Group (IBG). Importantly, this is influenced by the advertisements and promotions on social platforms, which Tencent IBG thinks is not fully leveraged by marketers.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/tencent-wechat-can-help-brands-tap-mainland-market-594758385

Philippine election lights up social media conversations, citizen engagement

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The presidential election held in the Philippines this week lighted up social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, as voters and non-voters alike take poll-related conversations online. Facebook said with 22 million people engaged in conversations related to the elections on the social media site, which generated 268 million interactions, makes Filipinos the most engaged Asia-Pacific elections on Facebook to date.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/philippine-election-lights-social-media-conversations-citizen-engagement-1335344572

China: Social networking app Tantan secures $32m Series C ; ChinaEquity picks 11.1% stake in electric firm

ChinaDeal Street Asia — Chinese dating app Tantan has raised a $32 million Series C round of financing from a group of investors led by DST Global, Vision Plus Capital and LB Investment. “After this round of funding, we plan to continue focusing on [user] pain points, improving daily usage, and consolidating our position in the social application industry,” PR spokesperson from Tantan told TechNode.

China: Social networking app Tantan secures $32m Series C ; ChinaEquity picks 11.1% stake in electric firm

Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

VietnamTech Crunch — Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s central provinces.

Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

Optus revenue dragged down by lower mobile call, SMS rates

AustraliaIT News — A mandated industry-wide reduction in mobile call and SMS termination rates forced revenues of Optus and parent SingTel down as much as 9 percent in the last quarter, with the bottom-line impact expected to grow fourfold next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/optus-revenue-dragged-down-by-lower-mobile-call-sms-rates-419431

Facebook onboards companies in India for ‘Facebook at Work’

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has started boarding companies for ‘Facebook at Work’ in India. ‘Facebook at Work’ is said to be social networking gaint’s Slack competitor. According to the company, “Facebook at Work lets you create a work account that is separate from your personal Facebook account. ”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Facebook-onboards-companies-in-India-for-Facebook-at-Work/articleshow/52205963.cms

Facebook expands in Malaysia

MalaysiaWARC — KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook is to open an office in Malaysia, as more than 18m Malaysians use the social media platform every month and 6.5m use Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Nicole Tan, the former managing director of ad agency J. Walter Thompson Malaysia, will head a local team that will be looking to connect more Malaysians and businesses with the company’s solutions, New Straits Times reported.

http://www.warc.com/LatestNews/News/Facebook_expands_in_Malaysia.news?ID=36705

Filipino Facebook users most engaged voters in Asia-Pacific

Philippinesrappler — MANILA, Philippines —Facebook recorded about 22 million Filipino Facebook users actively engaging in conversations about the 2016 Philippine elections with friends and family members.  “This has been the number one most engaged elections in Asia-Pacific,” Elizabeth Hernandez, the head of APAC Public Policy at Facebook, told Rappler in an interview on Monday, May 9.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/132423-filipino-facebook-users-engagement

Facebook continues Southeast Asia expansion with Malaysia office

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Facebook this week announced the official opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, weeks after its launch of its Manila, Philippines office on 20 April last month. According to Facebook, more than 241 million people in Southeast Asia (SEA) access the social media network, with the vast majority (94%) doing so from mobile devices.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/facebook-continues-southeast-asia-expansion-malaysia-office-1849973907

Researcher finds backdoor on Facebook server

APACIT News — A security researcher has earned a top bug bounty from Facebook after discovering vulnerabilities and a backdoor on a server operated by the social network that led to hundreds of staff passwords being captured by an unknown hacker. Orange Tsai, of Taiwanese security vendor Devco.re, scanned Facebook’s IP address space and found a domain name that piqued his interest.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/researcher-finds-backdoor-on-facebook-server-418513

Alibaba and WeChat duke it out in the war to be China’s Slack

ChinaTech in Asia — Last week, WeChat rolled out its answer to Slack, WeChat Enterprise. But while Slack itself has never had a large presence in China, WeChat isn’t waltzing into this market alone – Alibaba’s DingTalk was there first, and the company isn’t looking to give in easily.

https://www.techinasia.com/alibaba-wechat-duke-war-chinas-slack

Finally, Facebook opens office in Manila

PhilippinesTech in Asia  — Facebook has opened its first office in the Philippines. Facebook’s vice president for Asia-Pacific Dan Neary announced the move on his Facebook page on Wednesday and during a press conference held in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines is clearly an important market for the social networking giant, he says. He counts around 49 million Filipino Facebook users – equivalent to 91 percent of the population with internet access.

https://www.techinasia.com/finally-facebook-opens-office-manila

Understanding cyber attacks from a hacker’s point-of-view

IndiaSCO — “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.”—Sun Tzu Security professionals love to quote Sun Tzu. It can help to change the way security is approached. Next-generation security is about evolving beyond simply block-and-tackle techniques towards understanding the root causes behind cyber attacks.

http://www.cso.com.au/mediareleases/27174/understanding-cyber-attacks-from-a-hackers-point/

Facebook Ads See Strong Engagement in India and Southeast Asia

IndiaeMarketer — Data documenting Facebook ad performance in Asia-Pacific sheds light into the key markets helping drive the company’s fortunes in the region. According to research from advertising automation firm Nanigans, India and the countries of Southeast Asia delivered some of the strongest results.

http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Facebook-Ads-See-Strong-Engagement-India-Southeast-Asia/1013839

WeChat just launched a Slack competitor, but there’s a catch

ChinaThe Next Web — WeChat is ready to take on a new market: the office. The company today launched WeChat Enterprise, essentially its competitor to the ever-growing Slack. First announced in March, it has most of the features you expect from standard WeChat. You can make groups, send photos, voice clips, files, locations and even stickers. However, it differentiates itself with a few work-centric changes.

LinkedIn data center goes online in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States.  LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region, including speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn’s services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/linkedin-data-center-goes-online-singapore-102460131

LinkedIn data center goes online in Singapore

APACEnterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States.  LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region.

http://www.enterpriseinnovation.net/article/linkedin-data-center-goes-online-singapore-102460131

Why did WeChat succeed in China where other apps failed?

ChinaTech in Asia — When Tencent first launched WeChat back in January, 2011, nobody predicted that the bare-bones, mobile-only messenger was just five years away from being an ecommerce and social media juggernaut with well over half a billion users. The last half decade saw China’s former social media giants get used to living in WeChat’s shade.

https://www.techinasia.com/why-wechat-succeeded-china