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February 03, 2008

Google Data Center in Malaysia; why not the Philippines?

Drew points us to a brewing discussion at Slashdot over a possible new Asian Data Center being planned by Google. Rumor is that it’s going to be Malaysia though reports indicate Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, India and Vietnam to be ideal candidates as well. Wait, why isn’t the Philippines even in the picture?

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February 02, 2008

MSFT – 44.6B = MSFT + YHOO

It’s finally out and about. Microsoft has raised a bid to buy out search portal Yahoo! for a reported $44.6 Billion at $31 per share (compared to $19+ before the announcement). It’s not a hostile take-over, something Yahoo Executive Boards are considering, though not a friendly one either. Let me get back to my last year’s question — Is Yahoo a Good Buy for Microsoft?

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February 01, 2008

Win an Eee PC in the Asus Design Contest

Those of you who haven’t gotten themselves an Asus Eee PC may have another chance to get your hands in one. Asus Philippines will is holding a contest for the most creative skin design for the Eee PC laptop.

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February 01, 2008

February Fresh Friday’s Picks

Some fresh news and old links for this 1st February Friday. And despite my being a fulltime blogger for over 2 years now, I still feel Friday’s are the best day of the week.

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January 31, 2008

X-Mini Capsule Speaker

This little package came in early this week and I was curious where it came from. After unwrapping, the red spherical-shaped gadget around the size of an egg is actually a portable speaker.

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January 30, 2008

Asus Launches more Eee Products

With the Asus Eee PC making a huge wave of success, parent company Asustek has just announced additional products in the Eee series. The same strategy will be followed — simple, basic and really cheap.

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January 30, 2008

Nikon D60 announced

Just a couple of days after the Canon 450D was announced, Nikon made their moved and announced a newer model of their prosumer dSLR series — it’s the 10.2MP Nikon D60.

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January 30, 2008

Philippines & Indonesia gets Local Bank Withdrawals from Paypal

Paypal members in the Philippines and Indonesia gets a very early new year’s treat with the introduction of direct local bank withdrawals made effective yesterday. I an email announcement to all users on both South-East Asian countries, Paypal will now accept funds in their respective local currencies.

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January 29, 2008

Google to enter Paid Reviews thru AdSense?

Nah, I don’t believe it. Google is against paid reviews, right? Shoemoney got an emailing that Google is doing a beta test for paid reviews via AdSense.

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January 29, 2008

New Freindster Phishing Site Uncovered

A reader emails in and points to a new site he accidentally stumbled while mis-typing Freindster instead of Friendster (a popular social networking site in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia).

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January 28, 2008

Verzio Duplii Review: A closer look at the dual-SIM phone

November last year, Verzio launched two dual-SIM mobile phones in the Philippines. One is the 3G capable Duplii and the other is the stylus touting Twinn. This month, I got to extensibly check out the Verzio Duplii for several weeks and here’s what I think about it.

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January 27, 2008

Apple MacBook Air Commercial


You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen the product. Now watch the new video ad of the Apple MacBook Air.

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January 26, 2008

How can I not blog about this?

A reader contacts me with a really catchy Subject in his email — “Nationwide Emergency Roadside Assistance for the Car that Blogging Bought!” That little piece of personal news was like 18 months old and still, people remember it.

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January 26, 2008

No AdSense on 5-Day Old Domains

If you just got a new domain, launched a blog and wanted to monetize it with AdSense, you can’t do it on the first 5 days. That’s according to an insider information that says Google will stop monetizing all domains if they are less than five days old.

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January 25, 2008

Is Yahoo! Answers the new Wikipedia?

Yahoo AnswersJust over two years ago, Yahoo! Answers came to the scene and tried to compete with the fledging for-pay Google Answers. It was free compared to the bid-style Google was offering so there was a fighting chance.

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January 25, 2008

A couple more out of the Blog Barn

Since my last post about seeding blog ideas, I’ve had a few additional blog projects collaborated with several more bloggers.

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January 24, 2008

The Canon EOS 450D is coming!


Digital cameras really do come and go. It was only a couple of years ago when the Rebel XT (ESO 350D) and the XTi (EOS 400D) was introduced in the market. Now, Canon is coming up with the next generation that will surely create another wave of mad rush to camera shops around the world.

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January 24, 2008

Recession or another Tech Bubble?

Bust, I mean. There’s been a hot debate if the economic problems plaguing the United States are first signs of a recession or just a slow down. It’s not just the weakening dollar or the rising prices of crude oil. Even tech companies at NASDAQ aren’t immune. Will 2008 be the year the bubble burst?

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January 24, 2008

Happy Slip is in teh house!

Yes, you heard it right. It’s teh one and only Happy Slip. Filipina internet celebrity Christine “Happy Slip” Gambito is in the Philippines (and may I add, also the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards winner for Best Podcast). Props to the Department of Tourism for sponsoring her 2-week full expense paid exploration of the Philippine islands. Anton of Our Awesome Planet is cooking up something on February 7. See her video announcement here and check Anton’s blog for more details and further updates.

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January 23, 2008

WordPress Plugins should be Regulated

As someone who maintains hundreds of WordPress blogs for myself, friends, and clients, the number 1 problem that I’ve always encountered and have given me tons of headaches and sleepless nights are WP Plugins.

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January 23, 2008

Music in the Digital Era: Buy, Borrow or Steal?

Here’s another interesting poll for everyone — music piracy. Let’s admit it, 99% of us here have had downloaded an mp3 or two (thousand) in their lifetime.

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January 22, 2008

All Healthy Ecosystems have Parasites

That’s what Founder and former Technorati CEO David Sifry said when asked to comment about the latest numbers and development in the blogosphere.

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January 22, 2008

The Terminator, Astro Boy, R2D2 and a Segway

What do these four things have in common? Hmmm, lemme see…

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January 22, 2008

Free 3GB Upgrade on WordPress.com

Matt of Automattic has just announced that it has upgraded all WordPress.com account’s upload quota from 50MB to 3GB. That’s 60 fold increase overnight.

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January 21, 2008

Sinag: Philippines’ 1st Solar Powered Car

Heard of the first solar powered car assembled by Filipinos? Saw this one at the MOA SM Science Discovery Center. They named it Sinag (Tagalog for light).

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