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May 22, 2008

Infonxx renamed to KGB

Philippine call center company Infonxx recently renamed itself as KGB Philippines. The new name is not an acronym but if you think it sounds familiar, you’re right. They got their new name from that defunct Russian security agency.

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May 21, 2008

CURE’s U Mobile Ad-Supported Service Not Entirely Free

Last Monday, CURE’s new U Mobile service was officially launched. About 350 units of phones were given away to pre-approved U Mobile subscribers. Part of the monthly credits will be free and supported by ads. Anything beyond the Php100, you have to pay for yourself.

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May 21, 2008

OLPC 2.0: 2nd Generation XO Laptop Unveiled

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation just unveiled the next generation of XO Laptops and looks like it’s an interesting upgrade to the previous one. OLPC founder Nicholas Negrponte reveals the new design of the OLPC in a press conference.

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May 19, 2008

Xoom to disable Merchant Payment Interface

Xoom, an online payment facility, sent out notices about 2 days ago that it will disable its Merchant Payment Interface after August 1, 2008 and suggests all users to remove links to such payment landing pages.

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May 19, 2008

Ars Technica sold for $25 Million Big Ones

One of my favorite blogs to read has just been sold. TC broke the news last Friday that popular tech blog Ars Technica was bought by Conde Nast.

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May 19, 2008

Thank You to Sponsors!

Time for another obligatory post to thank our advertisers and sponsors. This month and last month saw a huge jump in our direct advertisers so I guess they need a bump in traffic-lovin’.

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May 18, 2008

Would you pay to Tweet?

Dan Farber of CNet proposes a business model for Twitter — a subscription model. He adds $5 would be enough for Twitter to survive but cheap enough for Tweeters to willingly dole out. Would people pay to Tweet? I think so.

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May 18, 2008

Google Servers Overloaded

Google needs to add a couple more thousand servers on its racks. Been getting a lot of these 502 Server Errors lately. This time, it’s the Ad Manager I can’t access for several hours now.

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May 17, 2008

Snackr: RSS ticker on Adobe Air

Snackr is a simple and lightweight RSS reader that runs on Adobe Air. You can have it displayed on the bottom or top corner of your screen display (left and right side as well). It looks cool and you get your quick dose of RSS all the time.

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May 16, 2008

Icahn vs. Yahoo, Facebook vs. Google

Carl Icahn, an erstwhile Yahoo shareholder wants to fire the entire Yahoo Board. In his letter to Yahoo, he claims buying $2.5 billion worth of Yahoo stocks to push his agenda. On the other hand, Facebook is accusing Google for invading user privacy with its Friend Connect.

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May 16, 2008

US Airports searching inside laptops?

If you’re traveling to the United States and happen to bring your laptop, iPod or other electronic gadgets with you, airport or border authorities can actually search for data in them.

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May 15, 2008

Google AdSense not good for Advocacy Sites?

Here’s an interesting story from The Register, something I didn’t know before — put simply, if you’re running an advocacy website against any individual, group, or organization, it could get your AdSense account canceled.

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May 15, 2008

HP 2133 Priced and Specs

The HP 2133 mini-notebook PC announced last February this year is now out and on sale. Units went out this week in HP retail stores. See final specs and unit prices after the jump.

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May 14, 2008

More details about Dell Philippines

Been getting email and SMS inquiries about Dell retail stores here in the Philippines since its launch last month so I sent a couple of questions to Dell to get more details about their local presence. Check out their reply after the jump.

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May 13, 2008

Philippines ranks #7 in Mobile Web Traffic

The recent April 2008 traffic report from mobile advertising company AdMob reveals that the Philippines is ranked among the top 10 countries with highest traffic for the mobile web.

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May 13, 2008

Will you switch providers for an iPhone?

Since the short announcement by Globe yesterday, it’s been the talk of the town already. Most of the tech journalists I talked to yesterday and today tell me this may not be a game-changer for Globe and I tend to agree with them.

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May 12, 2008

Globe Telecom nabs Apple iPhone deal

An email just this afternoon pointed me to the press release that Globe Telecom has agreed with Apple to exclusively offer the iPhone in the Philippines. Announcement was made at 1PM this afternoon.

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May 12, 2008

SmartBro: Largest Broadband Service in the Philippines

Latest public report from PLDT Investor Relations showed Smart Bro as the largest broadband service in the country with over 384,000 subscribers nationwide since it was first launched in June 2005.

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May 12, 2008

The Cheapest Laptops: The sub-25k Round-Up

The Asus Eee PC 900 will officially launched today and the retail price hasn’t been finalized yet. Though initial report from the inside is that it will be at Php24,995, several units available in stores tagged them up to Php28,000+. So, I’ve rounded a list of sub-25k laptops from several name brands to see how they measure up.

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May 10, 2008

Universal McCann’s Social Media Research

I was sent this PDF file containing Universal McCann’s Social Media Research for March 2008. The research surveyed 17,000 internet users in 29 countries. It’s an 80-page report that covers topics on blogging, online videos and social networking sites in general.

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May 10, 2008

Cure to launch 3G in the Philippines

Another telco is coming to town. Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise, Inc. (CURE) will officially launch it’s 3G mobile service in the Philippines this month.

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May 10, 2008

Apple Strategy: Gaming on the Mac, iPhone and Console

Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry. Just look at Grand Theft Auto IV and how they sold 4 million units on launch day (est. $390 million). It won’t be a surprise if Apple will revisit the idea of entering the gaming market. They could do so in 3 fronts.

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May 09, 2008

Globe 3G: 5 Pesos Internet and Disconnection Charges

Globe 3G may be facing some serious issues this month due to frequent disconnection charges on their 5 Peso per 15 minute rates. Last month, Globe introduced time-based charging on top of the previous kilobyte rates — a pleasant development to loyal Globe subscribers. Problem though is the arbitrary disconnection/reconnection charges.

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May 09, 2008

Cuban blogger gets Journalism Award

This should be an inspiration to a lot of bloggers out there. A Cuban blogger, a 32-year old woman named Yoani Sanchez, received a Spanish Journalism award for her 13-month old blog.

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May 08, 2008

HP Pavillion vs. Dell Inspiron: Artist Edition

Manufacturers HP and Dell are battling it out with graffiti-influenced Artist Editions of their top tier laptops. On the left hand is an HP Pavilion dv2800t and on the right side is Dell Inspiron 1525 — both unit are strikingly cool.

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