Regional news 3/12/07

Malaysian minister in row over reported remark that bloggers are liars, jobless women KUALA LUMPUR (AP): Malaysia’s tourism minister refused to respond Monday to accusations that he had insulted women by reportedly saying that Internet bloggers are liars, and many are jobless women. The Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew Jit Poh quoted Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as saying last week that “All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.” …Many of Malaysia’s most popular blogs offer political commentaries that include criticism of government policies. The pro-government New Straits Times newspaper sued two political bloggers for alleged defamation earlier this year in Malaysia’sfirst lawsuits involving online journals. See Jakarta Post 3/12/07 ed.
Indonesia tests Korea’s TDMB service. JAKARTA. Indonesia has launched terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting on a test basis, the Korean Information Ministry said yesterday. TDMB is one of Korea’s mobile TV platforms, which allows people in cars to view landline-based TV content on portable devices such as mobile phones. Indonesia’s National Digital Team – consisting of government agencies, broadcasters, telecom companies, universities and non-governmental organizations – has asked the Korean Information Ministry to facilitate the test service, the ministry said. The Korean government will be supporting related DMB encoders and devices. See The Korean Herald 3/12/07
Licences for WiMax due at end of year. Pacific keen to be among first providers
 BANGKOK. The National Telecommunications Communications says it expects to issue licences for the fourth generation of wireless broadband service, known as WiMax, by the end of this year. NTC director Prasit Prapingmongkolkarn made the comment after a recent forum to hear opinions from Internet service providers about WiMax and the spectrum standard for wireless connectivity. See Bangkok Post 3/12/07.
Gamers keep violence virtual . YANGON. FOR Mg Nay Lin Zaw, a high school student from downtown Yangon, network computer game centres provide the only relief from a daily routine that includes long hours at school, private tuition and scheduled study periods that never seem to end…. I spend most of my pocket money on network gaming. Sometimes, there’s nothing left for snacks and I even have to borrow from friends,” said the lean 15 year old. “My parents don’t say anything because they gave me the right to manage my money how I like. They don’t stop me because I’m not doing anything immoral.” Mg Nay Lin Zaw is only one of a growing number of middle-class urban teenagers who are obsessed with network games. They have replaced home-based TV games in popularity as advanced technology has prompted the development of three-dimensional graphic interfaces and now allows multiple players from remote locations to play against one another. See The Myanmar Times (11/20/06 online)
Students donate computers to schools in Laos SINGAPORE. Students in Singapore have lent a hand to their fellow learners in Laos. Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) has contributed 100 laptops and desktops to 10 primary schools there, to help make the learning of English a more enjoyable experience for the children. See The Vientiane Times 3/12/07
Telecom doubles subscribers. HANOI. HA NOI. The Viet Nam Data Communication Company (VDC) reported 140,061 new subscribers to its MegaVNN internet services last year, over 200 per cent its target. The new subscribers increased VDC’s market share in broadband internet market to 46 per cent. Meanwhile, VDC’s direct internet service also posted a 130 per cent increase in terms of new subscribers, again well outpacing executives’ expectations. See the Viet Nam News 3/12/07
TU Media unveils new in-vehicle convergence device SEOUL. TU Media Corp. yesterday introduced a new convergence device that allows people in cars to view satellite- and landline-based mobile TV content, real-time traffic information and the latest movies. “The device is the first of its kind as it supports Korea’s two mobile TV platforms – satellite digital multimedia broadcasting and terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting,” TU Media CEO and president Seo Young-kil said. See the Korea Herald 3/12/07
No. 1 in cell phone subscription growth TOKYO — KDDI Corp posted the largest subscription increase in February among domestic cell phone service providers, for the seventh consecutive month, the Telecommunications Carriers Association reported Wednesday. KDDI, which offers its cell phone services under the names au and Tu-Ka, recorded a net increase of 224,400 subscriptions to bring its total number of subscriptions to 27.66 million. Softbank Mobile was second with a net gain of 120,400 subscribers for a total of 15.78 million. NTT DoCoMo remained in third, posting a net increase of 102,200 to about 52.32 million. See Japan Today 3/12/07
Business Lessons from ‘300’ MANILA. Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there. – John Kotter Beyond business schools or business textbooks, we can derive so many priceless lessons from the annals of history and the lives of great leaders. Warner Brothers has fabulously recreated in the exciting film 300 the heroism of the 300 Spartan warriors led by King Leonidas in the epic Battle of Thermopylae against the million-strong Persian hordes of King Xerxes. This visually stunning, well-written, entertaining and action-packed film was based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller. I recommend this movie to everyone, except for kids. Here are seven lessons business people, entrepreneurs and other professionals can learn from the movie 300 and the timeless saga of the Battle of Thermopylae. See The Philippine STAR 03/12/2007

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