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^^ Be careful when accessing your Facebook and Twitter account via free wifi read below.

Firesheep app lets you hack Facebook

By TJ DIMACALI, GMANews.TV
10/27/2010 | 12:34 PM

Eric Butler, a US-based freelance web application and software developer, has just released an application on his blog called "Firesheep" that exposes the vulnerabilities of open wireless networks.

Firesheep allows a user to view and even edit the account of anyone using Facebook or Twitter while logged into an unsecure WiFi network.

According to Butler, this intrusion is possible because most websites —including Facebook and Twitter— only encrypt the user's initial login.

"When logging into a website you usually start by submitting your username and password. The server then checks to see if an account matching this information exists and if so, replies back to you with a 'cookie' which is used by your browser for all subsequent requests. It's extremely common for websites to protect your password by encrypting the initial login, but surprisingly uncommon for websites to encrypt everything else. This leaves the cookie (and the user) vulnerable," he explained.

"Facebook is constantly rolling out new 'privacy' features in an endless attempt to quell the screams of unhappy users, but what's the point when someone can just take over an account entirely? Twitter forced all third party developers to use OAuth then immediately released (and promoted) a new version of their insecure website," Butler added.

In Metro Manila, most public malls —including SM, Ayala, and Robinsons malls—now offer open and free WiFi access. According to Wikipedia, SM Megamall alone attracts foot traffic of some 800,000 people per day.

Butler said that he was not maliciously motivated to create the program.

"Websites have a responsibility to protect the people who depend on their services. They've been ignoring this responsibility for too long, and it's time for everyone to demand a more secure web. My hope is that Firesheep will help the users win," he explained. - RSJ, GMANews.TV

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/204444/firesheep-app-lets-you-hack-facebook-twitter-accounts
 

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Software Industries

Philippines are now competitive with regards to BPO, but our government must provide more needed support to our local company and double our effort in the field of software development, which we are still behind India and china including singapore.
 

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Be vigilant, ATM networks told

By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:10:00 10/28/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has called on ATM networks—Bancnet, Megalink and Expresslink—to tighten the security features of the point of sale (POS) payment system on the back of the growing use of this method of payment.

Under the POS payment system, consumers use their ATM (automated teller machine) cards to pay for goods or services that they purchase. The amount of the purchase is automatically debited from the balance in their ATM accounts.

In a speech before the banking community and officials of the ATM networks yesterday, BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said that more and more Filipinos are using the POS payment system, largely eliminating the inconvenience of carrying cash.

According to Tetangco, in the first quarter of 2010 alone, there were already P11.3-billion worth of transactions using ATM cards.

He said this figure would grow further as the industry continues to innovate ways to make transactions easier for consumers.

On Wednesday, the ATM networks announced the interconnection of their POS payment systems. This means that a holder of any ATM card—Bancnet, Megalink or Expresslink—may use his or her card to pay for purchases from a merchant that uses any of the POS payment systems.

Before the interconnection, a consumer holding a Bancnet ATM card, for instance, could use the card to pay for a purchase only if the merchant also used the Bancnet POS system.

Tetangco welcomed the interconnection of the POS payment systems of the ATM networks, saying this would benefit consumers if the service is delivered properly.

He said the BSP is encouraging innovations in payment systems as these help increase economic activity in the country.

But he said the rising use of the POS payment system must come with tightening of security features to avoid any risk of failure or security breaches that could dampen the public’s trust in the system.

While there has been no significant problems encountered in the use of the POS system, it pays for the ATM networks to be cautious, Tetangco said.

ATM networks should also conduct an information campaign to make consumers aware of how to perform POS transactions safely and securely, he said.
 

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Mom Kills Baby for Interrupting FarmVille

Florida mother Alexandra Tobias has pleaded guilty to killing her infant son after shaking him for crying while she was playing FarmVille on Facebook. She shook him, "smoked a cigarette to compose herself," and then shook him again.

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Are texting and Facebook worse for teens than TV?

Manila Bulletin Today
October 28, 2010, 11:14pm

NEW YORK (AP) – Let's face it: Teenagers spend hours texting, socializing on Facebook and playing video games. And it's driving their parents nuts.

Sure, there are real dangers associated with all this screen time — everything from cyberbullying to couch-potato obesity. Not to mention driving while texting, shortened attention spans and Internet porn.

But many of today's parents spent hours as kids sitting in front of screens too — only they were TV screens.

Which raises an interesting question: Is Facebook really worse for teenagers' brains than the mindless reruns of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch" that their parents consumed growing up?

Douglas Gentile, a child psychologist and associate professor at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, who studies the effects of media on children, says texting, Facebook and video games are not inherently bad. Nor are they inherently better or worse than watching TV, although they do pose different risks, such as cyberbullying.

But research has shown that the more time kids spend in front of screens — whether it's TV or instant-messaging — the worse their school performance. "That doesn't mean it's true for every kid, but it makes sense, that for every hour a kid is playing video games, it's an hour that they're not doing homework or reading or exploring or creating," he said.

Gentile calls this the "displacement hypothesis. If screen time is displacing doing their homework, that's bad. But if their homework is done, well, so what?"

Gentile, who admits that his own teenager crossed the "9,000 texts in one month barrier" last summer, acknowledged that parents are struggling to adjust to a world in which kids would rather look at words on a cell phone screen than have a conversation.

"The older generation, it's not their culture," he said. "There is a resistance to it."

Watching TV as a family, as mindless as that experience can be, is now regarded with nostalgia by parents. If your kid is sitting in the living room watching "American Idol," you can plop on the sofa with them, and "it's a shared experience," Gentile said. But if they're texting or video-chatting with a friend from school, "it's a private experience. It's like they're whispering secrets. And we find it rude."

Patti Rowlson, a mother of two in Everson, Wash., says this "has been a topic of discussion in our house for years now." She and her husband started out limiting TV time when their kids were little, but "then technology crept in. Cell phones, laptop computers, iPods with Wi-Fi. We, as parents, were no longer in control of screen time because we could not even tell when they were using it."

Recounting a struggle that will sound familiar to many parents, Rowlson said that at first, she and her husband imposed limits on tech use.

"There were battles and even groundings," along with the confiscation of iPods, she said. "We were constantly policing and the kids were constantly getting in trouble. We were trying to fight for the old ways, and it was causing a lot of stress and tension in the family. It was ridiculous. So we loosened up. And it's made everybody happier. We were fighting something that you can't hold back. It's how they communicate with their peers."

What's been the result? Two good kids, she said. "In the end I'm not sure if having boundaries early on helped them or made no difference at all."

Ron Neal, who lives in West L.A., has a teenage daughter who is "tech-driven and passionate about it. ... I don't know how it's going to play out, but I don't have this fear and dread about it."

Neal, who admits to watching a lot of "Gilligan's Island" growing up, added: "We had our minds numbed by TV, and maybe they're looking at useless things on the Internet or YouTube, but I also think they're developing a lot of skills through this technology that we could never comprehend. For my daughter, when she is home, she does have everything going — the TV, the computer, communicating with friends, and doing the homework at the same time."

He admits, though, that there are some frightening aspects to the dependence today's teenagers have on technology. "They are so emotionally connected to being tied in with their friends 24 hours a day, if they get a text, they feel obligated to respond in seconds," he said. He recalled a group of girls showing up for a birthday party at a restaurant, and "everyone of them had their head down, texting."

The explosion in teen screen time is well-documented. A recent Associated Press-mtvU poll found that one-third of college students use computers, cell phones or gaming consoles for six or more hours daily. A Kaiser Family Foundation study published in January found that total media use among 8- to 18-year-olds, including TV, music, computers, video games, print and movies has increased from six hours, 21 minutes daily in 2004 to seven hours, 38 minutes in 2009.

"Try waking a teenager in the morning and the odds are good that you'll find a cell phone tucked under their pillow," the Kaiser report said.

The Kaiser study also found that the more time kids spend with media, the lower their grades and levels of personal contentment are.

Gentile said the impact of screen time on school work can be mitigated by what he calls "protective factors." Those might include good teachers and a high-performing school, love of reading, coming from a family where education is valued, and exposure to experiences that are culturally and intellectually enriching. "If you had all these protective factors," said Gentile, "then that one little risk factor (screen time), who cares?"

He added that surprisingly, the amount of time kids spend watching TV has not declined precipitously with the popularity of computers and gaming, but "they don't pay nearly the attention (to TV) that they used to." The TV might be on, but "they're also instant-messaging, they're on Facebook, they're texting."

One thing parents should worry about, Gentile said, is the way electronic devices encourage multitasking.

"Multitasking is not really good for anyone," he said. "Your reflexes speed up, you're quicker to look over your shoulder and notice little noises or lights. This is not what they need when they get to the classroom and you're supposed to ignore the kid next to you. Scanning to see when the next message comes, this may not be good for kids. The more distractions you have, the worse your performance is." Getting kids to turn off their phones, iPods, and computers in order to concentrate on homework and reading, he said, "I think that's a fight worth having."

Bottom line: Never mind that your kid is spending two hours on Facebook each night. As long as they do their homework without texting in between math problems, it's probably no better or worse than the hours you spent watching "Star Trek."
 

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Internet use in provinces catching up with Manila
TJ DIMACALI, GMANews.TV
10/27/2010 | 04:18 PM

Provincial cities are catching up with Metro Manila in terms of internet use, according to a recent media study from The Nielsen Company.

Based on a rolling sample over the past year of males and females aged 10 and above across all socioeconomic classes, Metro Manila still showed the highest percentage of Internet users: as many as 40 percent of those surveyed went online in the past month.

However, close behind the capital city are Tuguegarao (37 percent), Olongapo (35 percent), Angeles (34 percent), and Dumaguete (33 percent) — each hosting a high concentration of tertiary schools and other educational institutions.



Highly urbanized cities other than Metro Manila ("Tier 2") are quickly catching up in terms of internet usage. Source: The Nielsen Company

"Several factors are contributing to the rise of Internet usage across the country, particularly in urban centers outside Metro Manila," said Nielsen Media (Philippines) executive director Jay Bautista in an email interview with GMANews.TV.

He enumerated the following growth drivers:

* Proliferation of Internet café’s which allow even low-income consumers to go online
* Increase in the number of surplus PC shops (second-hand desktops and laptops from other countries)
* Decrease in access rates for DSL, availability of prepaid internet plug-ins
* Increase in the number of WiFi zones in commercial establishments
* Popularity of netbooks
* Popularity of BYO (build your own) PC’s
* Popularity of social networking sites (Facebook)
* Going online is proving to be a cheaper way to communicate with OFW’s or relatives who have migrated to other countries (Skype, etc.)

These factors play a key role in another important finding of the Nielsen study: the shift from shared Internet access to private access.

While Internet cafés continue to be the place of choice for going online, the number of people who patronize these establishments over the past three months dropped from 71 percent to 69 percent year-on-year. Access from school and work terminals has also declined, down to four and five percent, respectively.

In contrast, according to the Nielsen study, home usage has increased from 27 percent to 31 percent. And, most surprisingly, access via mobile devices (such as cellphones, personal digital assistants, and netbooks) went from zero just a year ago up to 5 percent in 2010.



More people are going online using their mobile phones, netbooks, and other portable devices. Source: The Nielsen Company


The sharp rise in mobile Internet usage has been attributed to more affordable access rates and attractive tariffs from mobile telecommunications companies

Bautista said that Nielsen plans to look more closely into the phenomenon in an upcoming study.

"Next year we are planning to launch an internet café landscape study which will help us understand the nuances of urban cities," he said. - HS, GMANews.TV
 

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Pinoy Facebook users reach almost 18M
SunStar Manila - Philippines
Monday, November 1, 2010

MANILA -- An analytic firm said the Philippines now holds the distinction of having the sixth largest population of users of popular social networking site Facebook.

According to Facebakers.com, the country already has 17,942,340 users as of October 30 this year and is expected to topple the 18-million mark this November after posting 8.08 percent growth rate or 1.5 million new users last month.

The Philippines trailed France (19.68 million), Turkey (23.13 million), United Kingdom (27.9 million), Indonesia (29.44 million) and the United States (143.09 million).

The report said a slim majority (52 percent) of Filipino Facebook users are females as compared to males (48 percent). It also indicated that the 17.9 million users represented 60.4 percent of online Filipinos or 18 percent of the country’s population.

Around 44 percent of users are bracketed in the 18-24 age group or those who are enrolled in college, while 24 percent are young professionals (25-34). Filipinos aged 55 and above had a paltry share of two percent or equivalent to 358,000 users. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)
 

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^^Sooner or later Facebook will just be another phenomenon like having your maids or construction workers with their own cellphones, not one, but even two. One of the reasons for this is the telcos are now allowing Facebook updates via SMS (not just the mobile Facebook apps). If a teen can send an SMS to FB via Globe, Smart or Sun for less than P5 then it will come cheaper than updating each and every friend with an SMS that costs P1 each.
 

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APEC eyes high-speed broadband networks by 2020

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 00:00

Asian and Pacific countries agreed on Sunday to help establish next-generation high-speed broadband networks in their region by 2020, overcoming the "digital divide" between rich and poor nations. The accord was mentioned in a declaration adopted by telecommunications and information ministers from the 21-memberAsia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum at the end of a two-day meeting in Okinawa, Japan.

The declaration, which will be submitted to the APEC summit scheduled for mid-November in Yokohama, Japan, was posted on the website of the Japanese internal affairs and communications ministry.

It said: "We recommend that the TEL (APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group) works toward achieving the ambitious goal of access to next generation high speed broadband by 2020 to expand and improve ICT (information and communications technologies) infrastructure for knowledge-based economies in the APEC region."

"We acknowledge that the digital divide in the APEC region remains an obstacle to accessing the full benefits offered by ICT," the document said.

"We recognise that enhancing opportunities to access information through initiatives such as infrastructure development need to be a priority."
-- AFP


http://www.manilatimes.net/index.ph...ec-eyes-high-speed-broadband-networks-by-2020
 

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The dangers of tweeting

By Ira Pedrasa, abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 11/02/2010 11:40 AM | Updated as of 11/02/2010 11:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines - It was not Vietnamese wine, but Chilean.

That was what veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas revealed, quoting her sources at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), during a discussion on Umagang Kay Ganda’s Punto Por Punto regarding the brouhaha caused by the recent tweeting of a Palace official.

“Pati pala Chilean, nilalait na niya, (She even ridiculed the Chilean),” Tordesillas said of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s speechwriter, Carmen “Mai” Mislang.

Mislang came under fire following her posts on the popular social networking site, Twitter.

Mislang posted in her Twitter account, “The wine sucks” after the state banquet hosted by Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet in honor of Aquino.

She also tweeted: “Sorry pero walang pogi dito #vietnam.” (Sorry, there are no handsome men here.)

She also posted: “Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die.”

Mislang has already been reprimanded, and Malacañang has stopped its communications officials from further using social networking sites pending a review of the social media policy.

However, this did not stop the veteran journalist from further lambasting Mislang. She has already posted her opinion on the matter in her blog, which was described as colorful and very Tordesillas.

She said if the tweets were mere correspondence between Mislang and Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang, she should have “texted” those instead.

Reporters too

Another veteran journalist Ed Lingao, the multimedia director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, said the incident has shown a very thin line between the right to tweeting and issuing an opinion.

“With the Internet, you can’t separate anymore the private and public persona; the private opinion with professional opinion,” he said.

He noted that even reporters have been reprimanded by their editors for issuing opinions in their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Napapagalitan sila ng editors dahil nagti-tweet ng opinyon, samantalang they’re supposed to be perceived as being objective,” he said. (Reporters are being reprimanded for issuing opinions, when they’re supposed to be objective)

“Kung minsan hindi na nagkakaiba yung dalawa: tweeting and being objective. It’s just that, you give your personal side in a public forum,” he added. (Sometimes you can’t separate tweeting and being objective. It’s just that you give your personal side in a public forum.)

He said Mislang does have the right to express her opinions “although that does not excuse her from being careless.”

Tweet versus text

The tweets also showed her being unprofessional, he added.

Unlike texting, which is a one-on-one correspondence, tweeting is already micro-blogging, he added.

For Tordesillas, however, it all redounds to being courteous, no matter what the forum is.

“Kapag bisita ka sa isang bahay, hindi mo nilalait yung host…bastos yung nilalait yung nagpapakain sa iyo,” she said. (If you’re a mere visitor, you do not ridicule the host.)

She noted that Mislang went there as a representative of the country, not a mere visitor.

“Hindi ka ginastusan ng taumbayan para manlait…Naghahanap ka pala ng lalaking pogi, bakit ka pa nagpagastos sa taumbayan, e di nagbakasyon ka na lang sana,” she added. (The people did not spend money for you to ridicule. If you’re looking for good-looking men, you should have gone to Vietnam as a mere visitor.)

Asked if Malacañang did the right thing in halting the officials’ tweeting, Tordesillas said: “Depende kay President Aquino kung anong klaseng gobyerno ang nais niyang i-govern…The quality of the government that he will give us depends on the people that he wants around him.”


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Facebook hits 200m mobile users
Robert Clark | November 04, 2010
telecomasia.net

Facebook’s mobile strategy has become clearer after introducing a new feature that allows retailers to offer discounts to customers near their stores.

The new Deals functions is similar to the retails offers from Groupon, and follows the launch three months ago of the FourSquare-like service Places.

Facebook also announced a sign-on feature, which means users can use their Facebook account to sign into other apps and accounts without adding new usernames or passwords.

Unveiling the new features Wednesday, the social networking giant revealed it is also a mobile giant, with more than 200 million mobile users – up threefold from a year ago.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg ruled out a Facebook phone but made it clear the company aimed to put Facebook on the maximum number of devices.

“It is bigger than Android or the iPhone,” Zuckerberg told reporters. “There’s been this rumor floating around recently that Facebook’s going to build a phone. No.”

Commented Wired: “Forget about the ‘Facebook Phone.’ Mark Zuckerberg’s strategy is to make every handset a Facebook Phone.

“The three prongs of Facebook’s platform are single-sign in, a locations service that apps can read and write to, and a deals platform that is tied to locations.”

Facebook has opened up the Places APIs to allow developers to integrate location into their apps.

“Facebook doesn’t seem to want to create a single operating system or a phone that embodies its mobile aspirations,” said GigaOm. “Whether it’s because Facebook doesn’t have the manpower yet or really has no larger ambitions is something we’ll have to see over time.”
 

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Internet TV: Coming of Age?
November 8, 2010, 2:45pm

Today’s idiot boxes sure come with lots of smarts.

The world’s leading TV manufacturers, Sony, Samsung, and LG, have each introduced their respective 3D technology-enabled televisions. But what make these trailblazing TV sets are not their vertigo-inducing three-dimensional display capabilities.

These TVs come with full-featured Internet connectivity. They offer their users the full range of the online world as experienced on the PC platform; some analysts wonder whether they are still fit to be classified under the television product segment.

Web TV’s History

Internet TV, or what techies would call Internet protocol television, is basically a merger of the television, the world’s cheapest form of entertainment, and the Internet, the entertainment platform that might soon dislodge the TV from its pedestal. But Internet TV is so much more than television sets capable of surfing the Web. They are not merely computers that can download and display TV programs from the Internet.

Designed to make the most of the Web’s enabling nature, which makes finding and accessing video content as speedy and frequent as viewers want the whole process to be, Internet-enabled TVs can display both the broadcast channels and consumers’ favorite Web sites, when users want.

Google TV

Search giant Google’s Internet TV platform, the Google TV, paves the way for an IP-based television system that can “search Internet and TV for content using a searchbar.” Google TV also comes with HDMI input from either cable or satellite TV box in order to offer viewers traditional programming. It comes with Google Chrome built in, allowing for Web browsing. It also includes pre-installed applications for Youtube, Netflix, video-on-demand services, and online storage sites for videos, photos and other files.

Google TV even includes an integration feature for smartphones, allowing these mobile phones to function as remote controls. Google is working with Sony, Logitech, and Intel to include Google TV in today’s televisions.

Yahoo’s TV

But the Internet TV world is not solely the domain of the online search king. Yahoo, for its part, has teamed up with other TV manufacturers to promote its idea of what Internet-enabled TVs should be. The company believes that Internet TVs need not ape computers by being crammed full with the whole online universe. After all, TVs are not computers.

Last week, the second-largest search engine joined forces with Samsung to announce their plans to sell Yahoo! Connected TV sets in 26 more countries in Europe, raising to 39 the number of countries where the Korean electronics vendor sells television sets with pre-installed widgets from Yahoo.

Worldwide, the number is more than 130 countries. Earlier this year, Yahoo started forging partnerships with microchip vendors to push Connected TV software being built into DVD players and other entertainment devices.

Signal Interference

Some industry watchers, however, are saying that efforts to market Internet TV have not achieved top ratings so far. Google TV, for its part, is being hobbled by technical and business issues. Major U.S. broadcast networks block access to their online video portals from the Google TV browser. So, while audiences can view TV programs online; users of Google TV cannot. Unless Google can convince TV networks to play the game, its dream of monetizing its Internet TV efforts may prove elusive.

But it is still early in the game. These high-tech companies might still find an elixir to cure all these technical and business difficulties. Until they do, consumers can watch online TV the way they have been doing the past couple of years – via the old Wild West Internet. (Allan D. Francisco)


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Smart has 37 Million Subscribers
Globe = 25 M
Sun Celluar = 16 M

Total = 78 Million Subscribers or a penetration rate of 87% of population.

Sun Cellular subscribers surpass 16 million
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated November 08, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments

MANILA, Philippines - Sun Cellular, the mobile telephony service brand of the Gokongwei group, announced yesterday that its subscriber base has already exceeded 16 million, of which over one million are postpaid subscribers.

“The latest figures clearly show that Sun Cellular is number one in terms of number of postpaid subscribers. Last September, Sun exceeded the one million mark for postpaid and growing. This was the first time ever that a local carrier attained this magic number,” Digitel Mobile Philippines senior vice president Bill Pamintuan said.

Sun’s prepaid subscribers’ number meanwhile, has reached more than 15 million, he added.

Pamintuan explained that Sun’s lead in the postpaid market is sustainable, as they are getting seven out of every 10 new postpaid subscribers.

He attributed this to Sun’s ability to offer at the very least the same quality service as other carriers “since we have the latest network infrastructure, and nationwide coverage.”

Another reason for Sun’s lead in the postpaid segment, Pamintuan pointed out, is that subscribers can save on average 50 percent of their costs.

He also noted that Sun offers true unlimited call and text. “Sun’s ‘unli’ has been in the market since 2004. It is a permanent product where a subscriber gets a free phone, and can call and text the whole day while paying only P350 per month,” he pointed out.

Pamintuan also stressed that while others claim they are number one in terms of revenues, Sun gives back to its subscribers in terms of huge savings in their communications costs.

“Sun is no different from its sister company, Cebu Pacific, which offers lower fares and brand-new aircraft, and transports its passengers to their destination on time; or Go-Hotels which offers rooms at rates as low as P388 per day. We deliver the same quality products and services at best prices,” he added.

Digitel Mobile parent Digital Telecommunications Phils. Inc. (Digitel) posted a P145.4 million net income during the first six months of this year, a complete turnaround from the P638 million loss suffered in the same period last year, with the wireless communication and wireline data businesses leading the company’s performance.

The wireless communication business and wireline data communication services business generated a net income of P506.38 million and P81.7 million during the January to June 2010 period, respectively, which was more than enough to offset the P442.7 million net loss suffered by the wireline voice communication services business.

For the second quarter of 2010, Digitel posted a P188.6 million loss compared with a P351.4 million loss in the same period last year.

Service and non-service revenues for the period totaled PP4.07 billion, higher than last year’s P3.48 billion. Service revenue was higher at P4.01 billion compared with P3.45 billion.

During the first half of last year, the wireless communication services group posted a net income of P196.7 million while the wireline voice communication group suffered a loss of P885.4 million. The wireline data group generated P50.6 million last year.

Service and non-service revenues during the January to June 2010 period reached P7.97 billion, up P19 percent from last year’s P6.69 billion, driven mainly by the 30.6 percent growth in the wireless segment.

Wireless communication services contributing P6.24 billion (as against P4.78 billion last year), wireline voice P1.49 billion (1.7 billion), and wireline data P238.5 million (P205.5 million net income in the same period last year).

Earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the group during the period was at P2.75 billion, 28.9 percent higher compared with P2.13 billion in the same period last year.
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Smart has 37 Million Subscribers
Globe = 25 M
Sun Celluar = 16 M

Total = 78 Million Subscribers or a penetration rate of 87% of population.

Sun Cellular subscribers surpass 16 million
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated November 08, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments

MANILA, Philippines - Sun Cellular, the mobile telephony service brand of the Gokongwei group, announced yesterday that its subscriber base has already exceeded 16 million, of which over one million are postpaid subscribers.

“The latest figures clearly show that Sun Cellular is number one in terms of number of postpaid subscribers. Last September, Sun exceeded the one million mark for postpaid and growing. This was the first time ever that a local carrier attained this magic number,” Digitel Mobile Philippines senior vice president Bill Pamintuan said.

Sun’s prepaid subscribers’ number meanwhile, has reached more than 15 million, he added.

Pamintuan explained that Sun’s lead in the postpaid market is sustainable, as they are getting seven out of every 10 new postpaid subscribers.

He attributed this to Sun’s ability to offer at the very least the same quality service as other carriers “since we have the latest network infrastructure, and nationwide coverage.”

Another reason for Sun’s lead in the postpaid segment, Pamintuan pointed out, is that subscribers can save on average 50 percent of their costs.

He also noted that Sun offers true unlimited call and text. “Sun’s ‘unli’ has been in the market since 2004. It is a permanent product where a subscriber gets a free phone, and can call and text the whole day while paying only P350 per month,” he pointed out.

Pamintuan also stressed that while others claim they are number one in terms of revenues, Sun gives back to its subscribers in terms of huge savings in their communications costs.

“Sun is no different from its sister company, Cebu Pacific, which offers lower fares and brand-new aircraft, and transports its passengers to their destination on time; or Go-Hotels which offers rooms at rates as low as P388 per day. We deliver the same quality products and services at best prices,” he added.

Digitel Mobile parent Digital Telecommunications Phils. Inc. (Digitel) posted a P145.4 million net income during the first six months of this year, a complete turnaround from the P638 million loss suffered in the same period last year, with the wireless communication and wireline data businesses leading the company’s performance.

The wireless communication business and wireline data communication services business generated a net income of P506.38 million and P81.7 million during the January to June 2010 period, respectively, which was more than enough to offset the P442.7 million net loss suffered by the wireline voice communication services business.

For the second quarter of 2010, Digitel posted a P188.6 million loss compared with a P351.4 million loss in the same period last year.

Service and non-service revenues for the period totaled PP4.07 billion, higher than last year’s P3.48 billion. Service revenue was higher at P4.01 billion compared with P3.45 billion.

During the first half of last year, the wireless communication services group posted a net income of P196.7 million while the wireline voice communication group suffered a loss of P885.4 million. The wireline data group generated P50.6 million last year.

Service and non-service revenues during the January to June 2010 period reached P7.97 billion, up P19 percent from last year’s P6.69 billion, driven mainly by the 30.6 percent growth in the wireless segment.

Wireless communication services contributing P6.24 billion (as against P4.78 billion last year), wireline voice P1.49 billion (1.7 billion), and wireline data P238.5 million (P205.5 million net income in the same period last year).

Earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the group during the period was at P2.75 billion, 28.9 percent higher compared with P2.13 billion in the same period last year.
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New Web browser launches with backing from Netscape pioneer
November 9, 2010, 1:11pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – RockMelt, a new Web browser that highlights social networking, launched on Monday with backing from the co-founder of browsing pioneer Netscape.

RockMelt, which launched in beta, or test, version is vying to make a mark in a crowded Web browser arena that already features Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox.

RockMelt is backed by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and several other Web luminaries including Bill Campbell, the former chief executive of Intuit, and Ron Conway, whose investments include Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Based in Mountain View, California, home to Google, RockMelt said the company has "re-imagined the browser for modern Web users, building in the Web's most popular services."

"RockMelt enables you to interact and share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other sites instantly from anywhere on the Web," it said in a statement.

"RockMelt integrates your Facebook friends directly into the browser, so you're always ready to chat, share a video, or keep up on what your friends are doing, wherever you are on the Web."

RockMelt displays a user's social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in a margin on the right hand side of the page and friends on the left hand side.

"Today's Web users need a browser that does more than just navigate pages," said RockMelt co-founder and chief executive Eric Vishria. "RockMelt helps people do the things they do every single day -- keep up with their friends, share, get updates, and search."

Andreessen, who launched a venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, in July, said "RockMelt is onto something huge."

"They've rethought the browser around the massive shifts in user behavior that will drive the Web over the next decade," he said.

"RockMelt is the freshest, most innovative take on browsing since browsers were created," added Andreessen, who launched Netscape in 1994 and sold it to AOL four years later.

RockMelt, which works on Apple's Macintosh computers and computers running Microsoft's Windows is built on top of Chromium, the open source project behind Google's Chrome.

Invitations to use the beta version are available at rockmelt.com.


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Globe pilots LTE tech for mobile broadband
By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
November 13, 2010, 8:10pm

MANILA, Philippines – After successful laboratory and field testing, Globe Telecom plans to use Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology as it explores 4G next generation mobile communications for the Philippine market.

LTE is a high-performance air interface for cellular mobile technology.

After 2G and 3G, LTE is the next frontier in radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. It addresses the demand for higher data rates and increased quality of service and enables users to experience the fastest mobile broadband service up to 100 MBPS.

However, LTE will not only make existing mobile phone applications run faster but will pave the way for new functions previously available only on a wired internet connection. With LTE, multimedia content and applications would be available anytime, anywhere.

Globe began the trial of LTE technology early this year in partnership with NEC Corporation. Following the lab tests in May at the Globe 3G LTE test bed at the Valero Technopark in Makati, Globe and NEC conducted field trials in Quezon City as part of Phase 1 of this project.

The Phase 1 field trial verified a variety of LTE functions such as quality of service, latency and hand-over within urban areas were tested as these are required for commercial use of the technology. The trial achieved up to 60Mbps downlink data throughput rate at 10MHz bandwidth.

“Globe continuously monitors technology developments around the world that will improve the quality of experience and introduce new services of value for our customers,” explained Emmanuel R. Estrada, Network Technologies Strategy Head of Globe Telecom. “As mobile broadband grows and more subscribers clamor for faster and higher bandwidths, LTE will help us meet demand and improve service.”

As of end September 2010, the broadband subscriber base of Globe grew by 95% to reach 1,006,460, nearly double the 517,355 broadband subscribers reported in the same period last year.

As a pioneer in information and communications technologies, Globe is bent on deploying future technologies for use of Filipino customers such as LTE. However, it will take about six to nine months of trials before the telco can determine the best strategy for its local adoption.

The LTE trial of Globe is in conjunction with the Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) Group, one of the company’s principals, who has spearheaded efforts for regional and coordinated LTE trials across affiliates in Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The results of the trials, which will be shared among SingTel's wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia, Optus, and other SingTel associates, such as Telkomsel in Indonesia, AIS in Thailand, Bharti Airtel in India, PBTL in Bangladesh, and Warid in Pakistan, will help determine the best strategy for its adoption in their respective local markets.

The trials will also lay the groundwork to establish a regionally-compatible LTE network to facilitate growth in the mobile broadband business for the SingTel Group. This high-speed network will also allow the Group to deploy new services across the region quickly, giving customers faster access to the widest selection of mobile service offerings in these markets.

Several worldwide carriers like Verizon and AT&T in the United States are beginning to prepare their networks for LTE adoption and global telecom industry analysts see demand for LTE connections soaring once the technology is commercially available.


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Research and Markets: Philippines - Broadband and the Internet Market

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/19dff2/philippines_broa) has announced the addition of the "Philippines - Broadband and the Internet Market" report to their offering.

“Philippines - Broadband and the Internet Market”

Compared with many of its Asian neighbours, the Philippines had been moving slowly on the adoption of Internet. Of the less than 6% of the population which constituted the Internet user population in 2007, only a fraction of these were using a high-speed broadband connection to go online. Nevertheless, this situation was changing rapidly and by mid- 2010 with the user penetration having passed 7%, the country's broadband market had finally started to expand. In fact the annual increase in broadband subscribers ran at in excess of 100% in successive years. Into 2010 around 50% of all Internet connections were broadband-based services. This report looks at the various projects and initiatives as the Philippines government continues to encourage the development of broadband in the country. The report also provides information on the wider Internet market in the country.
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