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Philippines: Bloggers mourn AJ Matela, 1982-2011

By Fri, Sep 09, 2011 12:18PM UTC 0 Comment

Many bloggers in the Philippines are in a state of shock and mourning over the passing last night of Ariel James “AJ” Matela, who blogged under the blog name “Bakla Ako, May Reklamo?”. AJ was 28, and would have turned 29 on September 10. Days before he passed away, AJ was fighting hard against “mycobacterium avium...

Half year summary of Indonesia’s internet landscape [infographic]

By Mon, Jul 25, 2011 4:00PM UTC 1 Comment

The folks at PR firm Burson Marsteller Asia have been busy pulling together details of the Indonesian internet landscape based on traffic statistics from the first half of the year. While infographics are used far too often by companies, this particular effort is worth a look as it provides a concise view of the reach...

Blogger in Taiwan writes bad review of restaurant, fined US$7,000

By Mon, Jun 27, 2011 4:15PM UTC 7 Comments

In America, bloggers are typically protected by the First Amendment when it comes to writing bad reviews of establishments. Websites such as Yelp! allow users to say pretty much whatever they want, provided it’s not horrendously libelous. Bloggers in Taiwan, however, are apparently afforded such a luxury, as one woman in Taiwan is being fined...

‘Social media scandal’ rocks Malaysia tourism ministry

By Fri, Jun 17, 2011 9:14PM UTC 4 Comments

Kuala Lumpur – As we gathered for the World Bloggers and Social Media Summit at the Putra World Trade Center, two big news items have rocked Malaysia’s cyberspace and the country’s government. First was the reported hacking of a number of Malaysian government websites. But that’s really nothing new as many government websites across the...

Blogger prompts Pattaya Mayor’s jet ski scam investigation

By Mon, Mar 14, 2011 11:30AM UTC 25 Comments

The Mayor of Thai city Pattaya is addressing the notorious issue of jet ski scams aimed at tourists thanks to one local blogger’s efforts. It is often claim that blogging is dying, but events in Pattaya show that dedicated bloggers’ influence has never been stronger thanks to social media, while bloggers themselves can be more...

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