News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 19-24 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Culture Vulture; Easier than ever to publish a book
Straits Times, 24 June 2014, 1116 words, Akshita Nanda, (English)
Crowd-funding and self-publishing are increasingly popular
It has become easier than ever to publish your own book in Singapore. What, then, is the value of sending in a manuscript to an established imprint, hoping it will make it out of the …

Google’s antitrust settlement in EU expected to drag on
Business Times Singapore, 09:28, 24 June 2014, 263 words, (English)
Paranoid about Android: Also under the spotlight is Google’s promotion of Android, allegedly using practices that may prevent the development of alternative operating systems. – PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

CNN launches research for drones in journalism [LINK]
Yahoo! Singapore, 07:10, 24 June 2014, 296 words, (English)
CNN said Monday it was launching a research project with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how drones could be used for newsgathering by media organizations.

Outrage as Egypt jails Jazeera journalists
Channel NewsAsia, 19:20, 23 June 2014, 749 words, (English)
CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists including Australia’s Peter Greste to jail terms from seven to 10 years in a verdict denounced as “unjust” and “appalling”.

Effie Effectiveness Index 2014: Unilever, McDonald’s, Omnicom lead in APAC [LINK]
Digital Market Asia, 03:00, 23 June 2014, 617 words, (English)
The Effie Effectiveness Index has grown in importance since its inception in 2011 as it becomes a key source for marketers and agencies to acknowledge work that has resonated with consumers, and implies ideas that have delivered results in …

S’poreans urged to make a stand against hateful posts
Straits Times, 21 June 2014, 634 words, Hoe Pei Shan, (English)
Minister lauds Google’s removal of ‘vile’ blog targeting Filipinos here
HATEFUL posts do not reflect who Singaporeans are as a people and should not be accepted, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said yesterday.

40 powerful ads on social issues [LINK]
AsiaOne, 02:24, 21 June 2014, 110 words, (English)
An advertising campaign on a social issue can only be successful if it is able to send its message home effectively.
It should be loud and clear, accompanied by dramatic visuals, and help change the minds of its intended audience.

Google removes blog with hate speech against Filipinos in S’pore
TODAY (Singapore), 20 June 2014, 591 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — The blog that hosted a hate-filled post targeting the Filipino population here has been taken down by Google as it violated its content policy.

Singapore needs IP awareness in 3D printing: William Hooi [LINK]
E27, 20 June 2014, 507 words, Shiwen Yap, (English)
The Founder of Singapore Makers throws light on how IP affects designers, engineers, entrepreneurs in 3D printing Image Courtesy: belekekin / Shutterstock In the wake of Makerbot being acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, the stage for …

Beijing to crack down on journalists who write ‘critical’ reports
TODAY (Singapore), 19 June 2014, 311 words, (English)
BEIJING — Reporters in China are forbidden from publishing critical reports without the approval of their employer, one of China’s top media regulators said yesterday.


News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 11-18 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

New-gen weepies
Straits Times, 18 June 2014, 1503 words, John Lui Film Correspondent, (English)
New tearjerkers such as The Fault In Our Stars have younger lovers and deal with sex and death in matter-of-fact ways
In the movies, love and dying go together like airplanes and flying. While it is no surprise that a romantic weepie based …

PM: Be simple, direct in govt communications
Straits Times, 18 June 2014, 385 words, Amelia Tan, (English)
Civil servants, politicians asked to use language people can understand
CIVIL servants and politicians should be simple and direct when communicating with the public, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.

Firms struggle to reinvent marketing as DNC kicks in ; Businesses spending more on other marketing tools, such as those using social media
TODAY (Singapore), 18 June 2014, 887 words, Tan Weizhen Tan Weizhen, (English)
SINGAPORE — While consumers have been celebrating the end of spam SMSes and pesky phone calls since the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry kicked in five months ago, some businesses are struggling to reinvent the way they market their products or …

Philippines asks Singapore to take action over racist blog post
Channel NewsAsia, 20:32, 17 June 2014, 265 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The Philippine embassy in Singapore has asked the Singapore Government to hold a blogger accountable for a blog post that encourages Singaporeans to show intolerance for Filipinos. The post on the blog “Blood Stained Singapore” …

MDA names board to put together first media festival
Business Times Singapore, 17 June 2014, 282 words, (English)
NINE global media professionals have been roped in to put together the inaugural Singapore Media Festival (SMF), which is set to be one of the region’s premiere film and TV events.

Big boost for super Wi-Fi rollouts
Straits Times, 17 June 2014, 444 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
Licences not needed; 180MHz of unused TV spectrum will be made available
SURFING from Sentosa and Googling from Gardens by the Bay may soon get easier thanks to trials of “super Wi-Fi”, a technology which received a timely new boost last …

Messaging apps: What they mean for brands
Business Times Singapore, 17 June 2014, 1232 words, prashant kumar, (English)
Consumers want content that improves their experience, not spam on a new medium
WE have already seen Facebook’s US$19 billion purchase of WhatsApp that solidified 2014 as a breakthrough year for messaging apps. In addition to Facebook’s …

LinkedIn aims to avoid Google’s fate in China
TODAY (Singapore), 17 June 2014, 1058 words, (English)
BEIJING — After taking a social media drubbing in the West for accepting self-censorship in China, job networking site LinkedIn faces bigger obstacles to growth in a market it is counting on — namely, local rivals and a unique workforce …

Driving marketing effectiveness ; Winning campaigns show creativity and marketing effectiveness at the heart
TODAY (Singapore), 17 June 2014, 341 words, (English)
SINGAPORE — Fifteen awards, 25 winning marketers and agencies, and 19 shortlisted entries — these are the winning numbers that summed up this year’s Effie Awards Singapore. Of the 63 entries, the 19 finalists were picked by a panel of 36 …

The New Paper, 16 June 2014, 140 words, OH MING XUAN, (English)
Under the Broadcasting Act, both buyers and sellers of unauthorised set-top decoders are liable to a fine not exceeding $40,000 or a jail term not exceeding three years, or both.

Jammin’ with books
Straits Times, 15 June 2014, 1971 words, Benson Ang, (English)
Libraries have become lifestyle centres and host activities ranging from pop concerts to dance classes to stargazing
There is a place in town where you can watch a concert, play board games, pick up cooking tips at a demonstration and even …

Amazon streams music
Straits Times, 14 June 2014, 588 words, (English)
The online giant has rolled out a streaming music service for its Prime customers
New York – Amazon began offering a streaming music service on Thursday, in a move aimed at keeping customers in its orbit amid the rise in services such as …

Graphic bookstore having big sale
Straits Times, 14 June 2014, 660 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
Basheer Graphic Books’ post asking for support sparks concern that it is closing
The art and design community here has rallied around Basheer Graphic Books after the iconic bookstore posted a notice online declaring a sale and asking for …

More shows with local content
Straits Times, 13 June 2014, 452 words, Boon Chan Media Correspondent, (English)
StarHub will start production for 10 Public Service Broadcast shows to hit screens next year
Love watching television shows but hoping for more local content you can relate to?

‘All lose, lose all’ risk if political provocateurs win
Straits Times, 12 June 2014, 1049 words, Devadas Krishnadas, (English)
THE People’s Action Party (PAP) has made a sustained effort since the 2011 general election to engage with the ground, update its policies and increase its investments in social issues. It has also appointed new political leaders and …

NEWS ANALYSIS; Now for the magical mobile moment
Straits Times, 12 June 2014, 696 words, Grace Chng Senior Correspondent, (English)
With latest buys, SingTel hopes for breadth and depth in digital advertising
SINGTEL’S wholly owned subsidiary Amobee notched up much better revenues of $113 million last year, more than double the $54 million of a year earlier.

Universal likes its Music old-school
Straits Times, 11 June 2014, 533 words, Rachael Boon, (English)
DIGITAL music distribution is on everyone’s radar but old-school music giant Universal Music is playing it cool.
In a recent interview with The Straits Times, chief executive Max Hole said the company is not interested in being a digital …

A Princess for every Race

Image taken from E Online

Image taken from E Online

My best friend has three young daughters, all between the ages of 8 and 2 years, and like most girls they do love their princesses, but her 5 year-old said something to me the other day which made me think.

This precocious child was dressed in a princess costume with the fluffy skirt and crown and I remarked how lovely she looked. She then turned to me and said, ‘but I don’t look like any of my princess dolls’.

She was right—most of these dolls have Caucasian features and most of them are from Disney.

I went on to tell her she did not need to look like her dolls to be a princess as princesses come in all forms. But I don’t think she believed me.

I read a recent post on E Online of a graphic artist who decided to tweak the faces of the various Disney princesses so as to represent more ethnic groups. His aim was simple, just to see how these princesses would look if they came from different ethnic backgrounds, and the results were magnificent, some were actually more beautiful than what was originally drawn.

I could probably list a whole array of issues of stereotyping, personifications of beauty and image bias but I am sure you all know the theories.

However, these are all just theories until you actually come face-to-face with its effects. Until a little girl tells you, she doesn’t look like one of her princess dolls.

News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 5-10 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Consider a panel to self-regulate arts
Straits Times, 10 June 2014, 1014 words, Ang Peng Hwa, For The Straits Times, (English)
I READ with some disappointment the news that Arts Engage, a network of arts practitioners from various disciplines, had rejected a proposal by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for arts groups to self-classify their productions.

MAS to introduce ad rules for investment products
Straits Times, 10 June 2014, 396 words, Mok Fei Fei, (English)
NEW rules will be put in place to ensure consumers are not ripped off by financial institutions promising lucrative returns for investment products without clearly or sufficiently stating the risks.

Sony takes on Facebook in virtual reality headset race ; Ailing company may have the advantage with its PS4 console, movie and television business
TODAY (Singapore), 10 June 2014, 707 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Now it is Sony versus Facebook. After being knocked around by Apple and Samsung Electronics for more than a decade, Sony is up against yet another tech rival as it attempts to build the PlayStation 4 into an entertainment …

Social media’s the real winner in World Cup campaign
TODAY (Singapore), 10 June 2014, 412 words, (English)
LONDON — With the World Cup kick-off in Brazil just days away, broadcasters are making final preparations for the quadrennial, global television sports jamboree. But in an increasingly mobile and social world, the marketing battle is going …

India’s govt moves to ease fears over freedom of expression
TODAY (Singapore), 9 June 2014, 503 words, (English)
NEW DELHI — India’s new government has sought to ease concerns that freedom of expression is under threat, promising to strengthen the independence of the state-run broadcaster and consider allowing more foreign investment in Indian media.

Art of censorship in Singapore
Straits Times, 7 June 2014, 1577 words, Corrie Tan, Arts Correspondent, (English)
CENSORSHIP has long dogged artists in Singapore. It is a dull ache, with the occasional painful twist.
The most recent – and perhaps unintended – turn of the screw came on May 12 when the Media Development Authority (MDA) released its …

Don’t let Somaly Mam sully others’ good work
Straits Times, 6 June 2014, 1220 words, Nirmal Ghosh Indochina Bureau Chief In Bangkok , (English)
HUNDREDS of journalists have met Ms Somaly Mam, a Cambodian who has waged an unceasing campaign against the trafficking of young girls for commercial sex. I got to know her back in October 2011.

M’sia TV operator wants content available freely
Business Times Singapore, 6 June 2014, 616 words, Pauline Ng In Kuala Lumpur, (English)
ABN urges govt to follow S’pore and remove ‘exclusivity arrangements’
DIGITAL cable network provider Asian Broadcasting Network (M) Sdn Bhd (ABN), which plans to spend RM2 billion (S$778 million) by 2017, has urged the government to follow …

We get your colours right ; TODAY admitted into the International Newspaper Color Quality Club for the third time
TODAY (Singapore), 6 June 2014, 306 words, (English)
singapore — It boils down to consistently excellent colour reproduction in newspaper printing, so readers and advertisers can be assured of a quality product.

39-min ad that looks like a documentary
Straits Times, 5 June 2014, 781 words, (English)
New York – Remember the longtime pitch for Campbell’s Chunky soup – “the soup that eats like a meal”? A project that American Express was to introduce yesterday can be described as a commercial that watches like a documentary.


Through my looking Glass

“If you could only see things from my point-of-view” — how many times have you heard someone say this or a version of this to you or someone else?

Maybe if I put on a pair of glasses and turned what I saw into short films, you could see my point-of-view better. This is what Google has decided to try to do with their Glass.

Entitled Glass Films, this YouTube Channel is dedicated to films made through Google Glass and many of them by young film makers who are fresh out from films school in the United States.

My favourite is ‘Seeds’, a touching story of a man’s journey back home to India to see his mother.

It is interesting to think of the possibilities of using these Glass to make movies. Will it work for long feature presentations? Could it capture the same images as that of a high definition camera? Is there is way to blend this kind of filming with traditional filming methods? What are the new skills needed for film makers these days?

But for now enjoy these films and take a look at what these people see through their Glass.

News You Can Use – June 2014 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 1 covers 28 May to 4 June 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Malaysia’s Star to build up its e-paper base
Business Times Singapore, 4 June 2014, 535 words, S Jayasankaran in Kuala Lumpur, (English)
Falling print revenue and competition take toll on earnings
FACED with declining revenues, stiffening competition and shrinking circulation, Star Publications, which is Malaysia’s largest-selling English language newspaper, wants to reinvent …

Spotlight – VINCENT CHANG tests the various filtering tools from ISPs and on the open market; Parental control
Digital Life, 4 June 2014, 2784 words, Vincent Chang, (English)
Many parents are unsure how to protect their kids from undesirable Web content. That may be about to change, with the recent MDA recommendations

Najib, UMNO sue news portal over allegedly defamatory comments
TODAY (Singapore), 4 June 2014, 377 words, (English)
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the country’s largest political party, have filed a defamation suit against the firm operating the Malaysiakini news portal, Mkini …

School libraries levelling playing field
Straits Times, 3 June 2014, 841 words, Loh Chin Ee For The Straits Times, (English)
WHILE various ways of levelling the playing field for students from different backgrounds are being explored, the role of school libraries seems to have been overlooked.

Big players in arts scene reject MDA licensing scheme
TODAY (Singapore), 31 May 2014, 678 words, Mayo Martin Mayo Martin, (English)
SINGAPORE — A total of 45 arts groups — including most of the big players across the fields of theatre, dance, music and visual art, such as Wild Rice, The Necessary Stage and Pangdemonium Productions — have voiced their objections to the …

PM Lee suing blogger over CPF claims
Straits Times, 30 May 2014, 597 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, (English)
First case here of defamation suit by political leader over online remarks
PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong is suing Mr Roy Ngerng for defamation for alleging in a May 15 blogpost that Mr Lee criminally misappropriated Central Provident Fund …

SingTel users can pick marketing messages they want
Straits Times, 30 May 2014, 512 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
Move part of telco’s plan to comply with personal data Act
SINGTEL customers will be able to pick the type of marketing messages they want to receive, such as handset offers and event invitations from the provider, and those they want to …

Amendment to Copyright Act tabled
Channel NewsAsia, 23:18, 29 May 2014, 146 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Copyright owners, exclusive licensees and performers will be able to apply for “blocking orders” on websites that flagrantly use their material illegally, if an amendment to the Copyright Act introduced in Parliament on Thursday …

Thai junta widens scope of censorship
Straits Times, 29 May 2014, 483 words, Tan Hui Yee Thailand Correspondent In Bangkok, (English)
Facebook access denied for an hour; Twitter and Instagram targeted too
A BRIEF denial of Facebook access caused panic in Thailand yesterday as the ruling junta looked into ways to make censorship more efficient.

Ads still in for print magazines
Business Times Singapore, 28 May 2014, 389 words, lisabelle tan, (English)
Bigger, premium- position ads get greater attention, higher reader recall, says survey
ADVERTISEMENTS in print magazines continue to attract and engage readers in this digital age, global market research firm GfK has found.

The Internet Never Forgets


So you took an image of yourself and posted it online or you left a comment about something or someone on some website, blog page or Facebook page.

But have you ever thought about where these images or messages go? We may have forgotten what we had posted but you will find that the Internet never really forgets. These images and messages can stay online for a long time (if not forever).

Just doing a quick Google Search of your name could pull up some surprising things. Things you may not want others to remember about you.

In the European Union recently a law was passed by the high court which will allow Internet users to request search engines to erase certain links or websites of theirs. Some feel this hinders what the Internet stands for, which is the free and easy access to information. Others feel that such a ruling is beneficial for all, as this means you have control over what people can find out about you. Read the full article from The New York Times on this law here.

Like many laws dealing with the Internet, it is a controversial law, with many people questioning if such a law helps or hinders, or if the law is even enforceable in the first place.

But here’s a question for you—have you ever tried looking up yourself on the Internet. Are the images you place online really how you want to be seen? Or do you think that the Internet is a place for free expression and you should be free to do and say whatever you want to and these things should not be held against you.

In an article entitled ‘Spring cleaning for your online reputation’ from, there are some good tips and tricks to help you appear more credible online. This may be important as you never know if a potential employer may google you to see what they may find.

The moments in life are important and we do not want to forget them but just make sure these moments do not come back to haunt you instead.

News You Can Use – May 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 4 covers 21-27 May 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Call for boycott of MDA scheme
Straits Times, 27 May 2014, 681 words, Lisabel Ting, (English)
Artists argue plan to allow self-classification of shows encourages self-censorship
ARTISTS have responded strongly to the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) Arts Term Licensing Scheme, with several calling for a boycott of the plan.

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH Jeanette Ejlersen; True to her style
Straits Times, 26 May 2014, 1913 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
She is known to have a formidable reputation but Jeanette Ejlersen says she believes in selling ideas
Sleek racks of mostly black designer wear line her all-white bedroom at home, but fashion stylist Jeanette Ejlersen’s everyday “uniform” …

Mobile marketing takes centre stage
Business Times Singapore, 26 May 2014, 575 words, michael chua, (English)
Global expenditure on mobile advertising is expected to hit US$18b
MOBILE marketing, the offshoot of online or digital marketing, is fast gaining a bigger share of the advertising dollars. According to IT research agency Gartner, global …

Pakistan TV network Geo on the brink
Channel NewsAsia, 11:33, 25 May 2014, 466 words, (English)
LAHORE: Pakistan’s biggest private TV network, Geo, may get its licences cancelled after alleging the country’s intelligence agency was involved in an assassination attempt on its journalist. The allegation has prompted 90 per cent of …

13-hour ad smashes record for longest TV ad
Straits Times, 24 May 2014, 452 words, (English)
New York – TV commercials have grown shorter over the decades, with 60-second spots the norm at the dawn of the medium, 30-second spots growing popular in the 1970s and 15-second spots catching on in the 1980s. The number of 15-second ads …

An eye on public interest amid media convergence
Straits Times, 24 May 2014, 422 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
IN 2012, Apple launched iTunes here, offering viewers movies streamed to their computers, phones and tablets.
Now, Samsung has revealed plans to debut a TV show rental service for its device users here.

Tuition agency first to be charged under ‘Do Not Call’ rules
Straits Times, 24 May 2014, 445 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
A TUITION agency has become the first company here to be charged with violating the “Do Not Call” rules that kicked in from Jan 2.
A statutory board that enforces personal data protection laws is charging Star Zest Home Tuition with sending …

Facebook to expand video ads to seven countries outside US ; Social network is moving cautiously in roll-out of such ads to avoid alienating users
TODAY (Singapore), 23 May 2014, 466 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is expanding its new video advertising service, allowing marketers to show the spots — similar to television commercials — to users of the social network in Britain, Brazil and five other countries, the company told …

Coming out tops ; Hard work and a tongue-in-cheek approach won these advertising professionals a ticket to Cannes
TODAY (Singapore), 23 May 2014, 753 words, (English)
The cheeky approach paid off for two pairs of advertising youngbloods, as their entries in support of breastfeeding emerged triumphant in the MediaCorp Young Creatives Competition for young advertising professionals.

The highest rung on the stairway to understanding
Straits Times, 22 May 2014, 805 words, David Brooks, (English)
LET’S say you wanted to understand a social problem in depth. Let’s say you wanted to move from a dry, statistical understanding of a problem to a rich, humane one. How would you do it? What steps would you take on your climb towards …

Twitter in talks for music deals
TODAY (Singapore), 21 May 2014, 558 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc is in early-stage discussions to acquire or partner with music-related start-ups, said sources, as the company works on ways to rev up user growth.

News You Can Use – May 2014 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 3 covers 15-20 May 2014). To read the full-text, search under (access for NTU staff/students). Not sure how to search? Click here.

Power to write bestsellers Straits Times, 20 May 2014, 1736 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English) David Baldacci, who is releasing three new titles this year, has churned out nearly 30 bestsellers Lawyer-turned-writer David Baldacci is known for his novels of suspense and is often mentioned in the same breath as John Grisham.

Google closes in on S$1.25b buy of live gaming website Twitch ; Purchase would enable search giant to tap into rapidly rising trends of video game… TODAY (Singapore), 20 May 2014, 339 words, (English) SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s YouTube has reportedly reached a US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) deal to acquire video game streaming service Twitch, which is said to have brushed off advances from multiple other suitors.

Hot spud ; It’s Pierre Png, the potato-eater made good at Channel 8 TODAY (Singapore), 20 May 2014, 1079 words, May Seah, (English) We sprung 15kg worth of taters on Pierre Png as a surprise, thinking it would be a fitting tribute for a “potato eater” — or more appropriately in Singlish, “jiak kantang” — made good at Channel 8.

AT WORK WITH RACHAEL BOON; The delicate art of crisis management Straits Times, 19 May 2014, 807 words, (English) Experts say this is mostly done ad hoc by PR firms here, not specialists DAMAGE control: two words that no organisation wants to hear but must prepare for in times of crisis.

Dream job turns sour for NYT’s first woman chief Straits Times, 19 May 2014, 890 words, Melissa Sim Us Correspondent In Washington, (English) Jill Abramson had revered the famous newspaper since she was a child WHEN Ms Jill Abramson, 60, was asked to be executive editor of The New York Times, she accepted, saying it would be the honour of her life.

Making S’pore the hub for Asian branding and marketing Straits Times, 19 May 2014, 571 words, (English) Multinational companies are keen to tailor products to suit Asian consumers, who are a growing market. The Economic Development Board has been nurturing talent in the consumer business and professional services sectors, helping these …

Stronger Internet security needed to counter hostile forces: China TODAY (Singapore), 19 May 2014, 260 words, (English) A Chinese official in charge of regulating the Internet has said Beijing must strengthen Internet security because overseas hostile forces are using the Internet to attack, slander and spread rumours, the state media reported yesterday.

Do a good deed, you’re on candid camera Straits Times, 18 May 2014, 951 words, Lee Jian Xuan, (English) Civic initiatives capture kinder side of S’pore and inject positive tone in social media Street photography that tells the stories of ordinary people, “candid camera” shows that test how Singaporeans react in challenging situations, and …

Fans don’t break their stride over FiveFingers Straits Times, 18 May 2014, 707 words, Melissa Lin, (English) They are all for using glove-like shoes despite class-action lawsuit in the US A false advertising lawsuit in America, which ended with Vibram FiveFingers giving partial refunds to its customers, has not put off the barefoot running …

Anton Casey goes for online makeover Straits Times, 18 May 2014, 564 words, Yeo Sam Jo, (English) Expat’s resume posted on YouTube, his name appears prominently in articles on Singapore Briton Anton Casey, who fled to Australia in January after being slammed for denigrating public transport commuters, has made headlines again – this time …

Dr Yaacob to visit US to study latest developments in infocomm, media Channel NewsAsia, 17:08, 17 May 2014, 151 words, (English) SINGAPORE: Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim will visit the United States from May 18 to 25. The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said the visit is to study the latest developments in the infocomm and …

POLITICS 360; Young PAP video: Good message, bad delivery Straits Times, 17 May 2014, 1061 words, Tham Yuen-C, (English) To connect with modern-day voters, style is as important as substance IN POLITICS this week, a kerfuffle erupted over a video produced by cadres of the People’s Action Party’s youth wing, Young PAP (YP), who were lampooned for their bad …

Najib threatens news site with lawsuit Straits Times, 17 May 2014, 541 words, Lester Kong Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur, (English) Malaysian PM warns he may sue for defamation, in unprecedented move PRIME Minister Najib Razak has given popular online news site Malaysiakini 48 hours to apologise and retract readers’ comments on his handling of the political crisis in …

SPH revamps Classified section Straits Times, 17 May 2014, 546 words, (English) Ad section adopts identity of its host newspapers to help buyer-seller searches THE Cats Classified section – a mainstay in the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) umbrella of newspapers – has been revamped, with fresh contents and a new …

Opt-out option for unwanted ad mailers in bills Straits Times, 17 May 2014, 646 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English) Customers’ consent needed for such marketing from July 2 UNWANTED brochures that come with telecoms, credit card or power bills could soon be a thing of the past.

SPH wins 3 global news media prizes Straits Times, 15 May 2014, 214 words, (English) SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) has won three awards from the International News Media Association (Inma). The Straits Times’ Schools team, which puts out the secondary school supplement IN and its primary school counterpart Little Red Dot, …

MediaCorp fined $6,300 for DJ’s swearing on air Straits Times, 15 May 2014, 674 words, Janice Tai, (English) Class 95’s Joe Augustin made slur when talking about guide dog owner MEDIACORP has been slapped with a $6,300 fine by the Media Development Authority (MDA) after one of its DJs swore on air.

Man fired after posting vulgar reply to PM’s Facebook post Straits Times, 15 May 2014, 374 words, K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent, (English) A FACEBOOK user who posted vulgar abuse in response to Mother’s Day wishes by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been sacked from his job. Mr Ridhuan Abdullah, 30, had identified himself as a security officer at “Keith Morton” on the post, …

ONLINE CRITICISM OF YOUNG PAP PRODUCTION; PAP leaders defend party video Straits Times, 15 May 2014, 555 words, Rachel Au-yong And Charissa Yong, (English) THE People’s Action Party (PAP) is standing by its youth wing, which has produced a video that has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. It acknowledged the video’s “raw and unpolished” quality, but thanked its activists for “their tireless …

News You Can Use – May 2014 – Issue 2

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources in (Issue 2 covers 06-14 May 2014).

To read the full-text, search under Factiva.comNot sure how to search? Click here.

X-Men stars in Singapore
Straits Times, 14 May 2014, 1055 words, Melissa Kok And Gwendolyn Ng, (English)
The Republic gains clout as a location of choice for film premieres and location shoots
Singapore is getting a slice of Hollywood glamour as it hots up as a film hub hosting glitzy movie premieres, location shoots and industry conferences.

‘Rumour-monger’ says sorry
Straits Times, 14 May 2014, 322 words, (English)
BEIJING – A Chinese man apologised on state television yesterday after being detained for “publishing false stories” on an overseas news portal alleging gross rights abuses, as the country’s wide-ranging crackdown on “Internet rumours” …

Court rules Google can be made to remove sensitive data
TODAY (Singapore), 14 May 2014, 156 words, (English)
AMSTERDAM — Europe’s top court yesterday said world No 1 search engine Google can be required to remove sensitive information from its Internet search results.

Self-regulation scheme for arts groups up for public consultation
TODAY (Singapore), 13 May 2014, 753 words, Siau Ming En Siau Ming En, (English)
SINGAPORE — A new licensing scheme proposed by the Media Development Authority (MDA) will give arts groups here the option to classify their own performances, a move the authority hopes will encourage co-regulation in the arts sector.

Public views sought on self-classification scheme for arts groups
Channel NewsAsia, 16:08, 12 May 2014, 693 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Arts groups may soon be able to classify their own performances such as plays, musicals and concerts.
This is one of the changes to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act (PEMA) proposed by the Media Development Authority …

THE LIFE! INTERVIEW WITH LIN PEIFEN; The shy girl who became a talkative DJ
Straits Times, 12 May 2014, 2084 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
Lin Peifen is one of the few bilingual radio DJs who has made a successful crossover to TV as well as host events
While waiting for the photographer to set up equipment for her photo shoot, radio DJ and TV host Lin Peifen suddenly starts …

i-Weekly gets an upgrade ; i-Weekly to expand its beauty, fashion and tech pages
TODAY (Singapore), 12 May 2014, 192 words, Hon Jing Yi, (English)
SINGAPORE – Don’t be too surprised if you see a new and improved i-Weekly at the newsstands today.
i-Weekly, which is Singapore’s number one Chinese entertainment magazine, has undergone a content upgrade, and will combine its two books into …

Getting paid for blogging
Straits Times, 11 May 2014, 1552 words, Bryna Singh, (English)
How do paid posts affect a blog’s credibility?
With bloggers reviewing everything from hotels to beauty products to baby strollers these days, brands are willing to pay for such seemingly spontaneous word of mouth.

Buy friends online
Straits Times, 11 May 2014, 1080 words, Benson Ang, (English)
Boost your online popularity by paying for “likes”, retweets and followers on social media networks
Friendship is cheap, I recently discovered.

Good times with my cool mum
Straits Times, 11 May 2014, 802 words, Annabelle Liang, (English)
I will be graduating from university soon. It is an important milestone, one that countless late-night studying and binging sessions have built up to.

Ex-NTU journalism lecturer joins HK varsity
Straits Times, 11 May 2014, 446 words, Kenny Chee, (English)
Journalism professor and political commentator Cherian George is joining the Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication in August.

7-prize haul for SPH Magazines
Straits Times, 10 May 2014, 348 words, Hoe Pei Shan, (English)
Its publications win top industry honours
SPH Magazines bagged seven prizes at this year’s Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) Awards, which recognise outstanding and creative work in the magazine publishing industry here.

One-stop App
The New Paper, 9 May 2014, 606 words, COLIN THAM, (English)
News, entertainment, sports and games – all in a revolutionary app
You will soon see an App unlike any other.
That was the promise The New Paper made to more than 500 trade professionals who turned up at the launch of the …

MediaCorp picks up magazine publishing awards
Channel NewsAsia, 15:14, 9 May 2014, 193 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: MediaCorp has bagged four accolades at the Media Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2014.
Given out to the best within Singapore’s magazine publishing industry, MediaCorp’s 8 Days Eat Mobile App and Style: stood out …

EMF Bookstore reopens at One-North
Straits Times, 9 May 2014, 678 words, Akshita Nanda Arts Correspondent, (English)
And Popular drops the cafe and Borders brand from its Westgate mall outlet
Well-known book rental store EMF Bookstore reopens on May 15 at Fusionopolis in One-North, barely two months after closing its 27- year-old flagship outlet at Holland …

SPH Digital offers advertisers customised content
Straits Times, 9 May 2014, 446 words, Rennie Whang, (English)
SPH Digital, a new division of media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), yesterday introduced a wide array of advertising options across its digital outlets.

SPH Digital to give advertisers more bang – softly
Business Times Singapore, 9 May 2014, 435 words, sheena tan, (English)
Its Content Studio will allow getting the message across discreetly, without hard sell
SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) launched its suite of digital advertising solutions under the SPH Digital brand yesterday. The brand’s new unit, Content …

Best Things Under S$10: 987FM’s Kimberly Wang
TODAY (Singapore), 8 May 2014, 547 words, Christie Yeo, (English)
SINGAPORE — For Kimberly Wang, who expected to “get booted out in the first round” of So You Wanna Be A DJ, it never crossed her mind that she would emerge victorious over 400 other hopefuls during the station’s hunt for new voices back in …

Offer pay TV content early to keep subscribers
Digital Life, 7 May 2014, 623 words, Oo Gin Lee, (English)
American blockbuster TV shows have started airing in Singapore sooner on pay TV channels – sometimes, as swiftly as within 24 hours of being shown in the United States – and people here have online piracy to thank for this.

News You Can Use – May 2014 – Issue 1

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources, dated from 29 April to 5 May 2014.

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News Corp buys romance publisher Harlequin
Straits Times, 5 May 2014, 695 words, (English)
Ottawa, Ontario – When News Corp announced last Friday that it was buying romance-novel publisher Harlequin Enterprises, cheap jokes inevitably started to fly.

Nominations open for SPH iink Awards
Straits Times, 5 May 2014, 260 words, (English)
NOMINATIONS are now open for one of Singapore’s biggest advertising awards.
The 10th edition of the SPH iink Awards will celebrate the kaleidoscope of creative rebels, dreamers and thinkers who inject vitality and excitement into the local …

Chinglish becoming more popular in China
Straits Times, 5 May 2014, 717 words, Kor Kian Beng China Bureau Chief In Beijing, (English)
But not everyone sees the trend as ‘gelivable’ (fantastic or cool)
A CHINESE office worker exasperated with a colleague who keeps finding fault with his report might well retort: “You can you up, no can no BB!”

Hacktivist attacks on S’pore sites surge in Q4
Business Times Singapore, 5 May 2014, 597 words, victoria ho, (English)
THE spate of hacktivist attacks on Singapore government and media sites late last year were significant enough to cause a spike in Akamai’s quarterly Internet intrusion records for the Asia-Pacific region.

Of bands and brands ; What it means to blend the art of sound and the business of branding
TODAY (Singapore), 3 May 2014, 542 words, KEVIN MATHEWS Kevin Mathews, (English)
SINGAPORE — One clear demonstration of where the Singapore indie music scene currently stands in the general scheme of things is to look at it from the perspective of corporate brands.

Olswang Advises Viacom on Channel 5 Acquisition
Singapore Government News, 2 May 2014, 369 words, (English)
May 2 — International TMT law firm Olswang has advised Viacom International Media Networks on its acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited for 450 million (approximately $757 million). Olswang advised the US media giant on the …

Facebook to allow users to limit data shared with apps ; Social network also rolls out new ad service and ‘app link’ function at developer…
TODAY (Singapore), 2 May 2014, 380 words, (English)
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced new features on Wednesday that allows users to limit the personal information they share with third-party mobile apps, a move meant to quell privacy concerns as the social network seeks to become a top …

Digital free-to-air channels a breeze to use
Digital Life, 30 April 2014, 699 words, Oo Gin Lee, (English)
For someone who has not watched free-to-air channels or local pay TV content here for more than a year, I was rather pleased with the new free-to-air digital TV service when I tested it over the weekend.

Viewpoint; The thin line between porn and art
Straits Times, 30 April 2014, 700 words, John Lui, Film Correspondent, (English)
Critically lauded and award-winning films too may have sex scenes that are gratuitous and exploitative
When is sex not sex? When it is in a critically well-received movie, of course. That is when sex – the physical act between two people – …

China pulls four US TV shows, tightens grip on online content ; Authorities also step up battle against pornography to maintain ‘Internet…
TODAY (Singapore), 29 April 2014, 689 words, (English)
BEIJING — There can be no Internet freedom without order, China’s top Communist Party newspaper said yesterday after several United States television shows were pulled from Chinese video sites, the latest signs of Beijing’s tightening grip …

News You Can Use – April 2014 – Issue 4

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources, dated from 22-28 April.

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Lulu, let’s make a movie
The New Paper, 28 April 2014, 723 words, CHARLENE CHUA, (English)
More than 50 at public audition for part in Michelle Chong flick starring popular Noose character
In a thick mainland accent, Miss Winifred Lim waxed lyrical about the hard journey from her “home” in Sichuan to Singapore.

Beauty ads attracted highest number of complaints in 2013
Channel NewsAsia, 22:56, 28 April 2014, 446 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Advertisements on beauty products and services attracted the highest number of complaints last year, continuing a three-year trend, the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas) revealed on Monday.

Film on Nigeria’s civil war banned in country
Straits Times, 28 April 2014, 462 words, (English)
Dakar, Senegal – A Nigerian film dealing with one of the most searing episodes in the nation’s history, its civil war, and uniting some of Nigeria’s major cultural figures, has been effectively banned there, the film’s director said last …

Coming to you within 24 hours
Straits Times, 28 April 2014, 1483 words, Yip Wai Yee, (English)
To fight piracy, more cable TV shows will be shown in Singapore less than a day after their initial overseas telecast
Television audiences here are enjoying shorter waits to catch their favourite shows, as cable channels are broadcasting …

Code ensures firms offer proof to back ad claims
TODAY (Singapore), 28 April 2014, 255 words, Tan Sze Wee, Chairman, Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore, (English)
We refer to Mr Andrew Tan’s letter “Time to clamp down on misleading advertising” (April 23). It is not true that there is no enforcement against misleading advertisements in Singapore.

Web giant Sina loses licences over online porn
Straits Times, 26 April 2014, 702 words, Esther Teo China Correspondent In Beijing, (English)
Move by China’s media regulator not expected to hurt firm for long
POPULAR Chinese Internet portal Sina Corp is the latest casualty in the government’s crackdown on online pornography, the first time Beijing’s anti-pornography body has …

SPH to review Stomp website
Straits Times, 26 April 2014, 573 words, Lim Yan Liang, (English)
It will see what needs to be changed, but closure unlikely: Editor-in-chief
SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) will review its citizen journalism website Stomp to see what needs to be changed, but the website is unlikely to be shuttered.

A better way to improve social graces
TODAY (Singapore), 25 April 2014, 604 words, William Wan, (English)
With the prevalence of smartphones and social media today, it is becoming more common to see images and video clips of bad behaviour and mischief being posted online and shared. The intention, no doubt, is to publicly shame the perpetrators …

Two free mobile apps to help deaf people
Straits Times, 23 April 2014, 473 words, Priscilla Goy, (English)
Their aim is to improve convenience and safety of users
Hearing Aide alerts users to sounds which require their attention, such as fire alarms, door bells or thunder.

PIONEER GENERATION PACKAGE; MPs size up communication challenge
Straits Times, 23 April 2014, 649 words, Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh And Charissa Yong, (English)
Challenges include language barrier and explaining complex schemes
SINGAPORE is undertaking the biggest public communications blitz in recent memory as the Government sets out to explain the details of the Pioneer Generation Package to …

Creativity with heart ; This year’s commercials won over hearts and votes
TODAY (Singapore), 23 April 2014, 598 words, (English)
One commercial showed a construction worker, who could be a father, newlywed, or only child, falling from height — a morbid reminder that workplace accidents could happen to anyone. Another was inspired by the subconscious discrimination …

Will Pioneer package stand test of time?
MyPaper, 22 April 2014, 829 words, BASSKARAN NAIR, (English)
IN HIS speech to the Administrative Service on March 24, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was reported to have said that the Government faces a challenge retaining the public’s trust.

Singapore, Brunei sign MOU to expand cooperation in broadcasting and information
Channel NewsAsia, 15:59, 22 April 2014, 211 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Brunei have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of broadcasting to include the field of information.

Channel NewsAsia bags 12 awards at international TV and film contests
Channel NewsAsia, 11:41, 22 April 2014, 627 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: Channel NewsAsia programmes have been honoured with 12 awards at two prestigious international television and film contests over the last fortnight.

More tech-savvy users may opt for VPN
Straits Times, 22 April 2014, 375 words, (English)
CHINESE Internet users have turned to virtual private networks (VPNs) to access sites blocked by their government, a ploy that could take hold here if new anti- piracy laws kick in.

Pulling the plug on online piracy
Straits Times, 22 April 2014, 917 words, (English)
New rules to stop online piracy are being proposed. But the tech-savvy will find ways around the blocks. Kenny Chee looks at how other countries tackle the issue and the steps that can be taken.

MDA seeks to raise parents’ awareness of Internet control tools ; Low take-up rate of parental control services stems from lack of knowledge…
TODAY (Singapore), 22 April 2014, 822 words, Kok Xing Hui Kok Xing Hui, (English)
SINGAPORE — Internet Service Providers (ISPs) here could soon be required to offer some parental Internet controls for free, in light of low subscription rates and knowledge of such tools, which are aimed at helping parents monitor and …

Lost and Found

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a story about the recovery of artworks stolen by the Nazis. It brought back memories of when I was doing research on World War 1 as I was doing a paper on Nazi propaganda. Then the movie, ‘Monuments Men’ came out — was it a lucky coincidence? — I don’t know, but again the world was reminded of the past through a very current event.

What happens to these artworks? Who can and how can they be returned to their rightful owners? What are the ethics involved when you find pieces like these, what are the rights and who do they belong to? These exhibited materials come with many more complicated issues that meets the eye.

I am a great lover of museums; I make it a point to visit at least one museum in every country I travel to. I love museums because I believe behind every painting and artifact is a person, a place and a time, a life which is a mystery to me but in an odd way affecting the very presence I am in when I am looking at this exhibited work.

We must remember every piece of work in museums has a history, some more complex than others. We should not take for granted these circumstances and the issues connected to the works–then maybe we can really appreciate the piece of art.

News You Can Use – April 2014 – Issue 3

Selected news articles from ‘Singapore’ sources, dated from 15-21 April 2014.

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Reed Smith Releases New Edition of Network Interference, a Comprehensive Tool to Social Media Law
Singapore Government News, 21 April 2014, 336 words, (English)
April 21 — Reed Smith today issued an extensively revised edition of Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon, a comprehensive source for legal issues in social media. Aimed at …

MDA seeks public feedback on Internet parental controls
Channel NewsAsia, 17:17, 21 April 2014, 522 words, (English)
SINGAPORE: The Media Development Authority (MDA) is proposing that Internet Service Providers offer subscribers basic parental control tools for free with the subscription or renewal of Internet access packages.

Big jump in mega breaches on the Web
Business Times Singapore, 21 April 2014, 1023 words, (English)
Symantec says attacks are now conducted in a ‘low and slow’ way. By AMIT ROY CHOUDHURY
WHILE the Heartbleed bug is very much in the news due to its sheer scale, it is by no means the only threat or the most dangerous one out on the Internet. …

Keeping taglines relevant
Business Times Singapore, 18 April 2014, 789 words, bala shankar, (English)
“JUST do it” did it for Nike. “The choice of a new generation” ushered in scores of new generation consumers for Pepsi. That was the past. How much are taglines relevant in the new technology and communication age?

An intimate look at the life of Chiam
Straits Times, 18 April 2014, 459 words, Maryam Mokhtar, (English)
Students’ multimedia project offers insights into life of opposition figure
A MULTIMEDIA project by four undergraduates on Singapore’s longest-serving opposition politician has garnered close to 900 “likes” on Facebook since being launched …

Former defence secretary attacks Pulitzer win
The PANPA Bulletin, 17 April 2014, 676 words, Eliza Goetze, (English)
The highest honour at the 2014 Pulitzer Prize awards has gone to The Guardian US and The Washington Post for their coverage of intelligence leaks by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, a decision that has angered conservative British MP and …

Commentary; Red tape makes saying ‘no’ to piracy hard
Digital Life, 16 April 2014, 628 words, Sherwin Loh, (English)
A few weeks ago, a friend posted a minor social network rant that caught my eye.
His recent Blu-ray and DVD purchases from Amazon had arrived but half his order was missing.

Feast on a buffet spread of home entertainment
Digital Life, 16 April 2014, 1941 words, Oo Gin Lee, (English)
Cannot get enough of your favourite movies and TV shows? DL tells you what you need to do to watch them on US-only streaming sites
Popular United States streaming site Netflix has revolutionised TV watching. Its tagline is “Watch TV shows …

British, US papers share Pulitzer over NSA leaks
Straits Times, 16 April 2014, 599 words, (English)
Guardian, Washington Post get top honours for public service reporting
NEW YORK – The Guardian and the Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that …

Branding across platforms must show consistency
Business Times Singapore, 16 April 2014, 815 words, frank bauer, (English)
CEOs need branding agencies that can manage integrated brand operations
THE CEO of a major multinational company told me that he recently had an alarming epiphany that “hit me like a bullet train” during a discussion about Big Data: He …

Why World Cup is not free here
MyPaper, 15 April 2014, 489 words, ADRIAN LIM, (English)
FOOTBALL is the beautiful game. Unfortunately for Singapore fans, the price for watching the World Cup here is downright ugly.
And it appears that there might be little relief in sight despite calls from members of Parliament for the …

parliament; Subsidise all World Cup telecasts? Not an option
Straits Times, 15 April 2014, 652 words, Irene Tham Technology Correspondent, (English)
It would not meet requirement for use of public funds: Lawrence Wong
SPONSORING the broadcast of all 64 World Cup matches may be the popular thing to do, but the Government will not do so.