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Thank you Google ads for giving money to The Real Singapore to promote hatred

Thank you Google ads for giving money to The Real Singapore to promote hatred

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It is okay for Google to “Do No Evil” as long as it allows others to do so.


Singaporeans from all walks of life who are 50% Australian, have come out to openly thank Google.

This after Google continues to serve their ads on The Real Singapore even as two people behind the website have been arrested by the police for sedition by promoting hatred in Singapore.

Wai Guo Ren, a TRS reader, said he personally thanks Google for continuing to finance TRS’s operations by serving ads on their platform as it is easy to ignore the website’s bad behaviour as long as Google is not the one running afoul of the law: “Google’s philosophy is to ‘Do No Evil’. In the company philosophy page, they even stated ‘You can make money without doing evil’.”

“So, by not personally doing evil, such as promoting hatred through seditious postings, it is good that Google allows others to do evil instead.”

This view is also shared widely by others who say Google is in a win-win situation.

Another local, Zuo Huai Shi, said Google has its priorities right by continuing to ignoring the history of plagiarism committed by TRS and focusing only on business: “Google is such a big company with a base in Singapore that employs thousands of employees. It is important for Google to continue to take money from advertisers and serve ads on TRS, or else, how is Google going to pay their workers?”

“And it is not Google’s duty to ensure that TRS does not plagiarise or put out content that incites hatred in society. Google is too big a company to care about such kinds of things. As long as they make money every quarter and look like they are upholding freedom of speech because they are American, it doesn’t matter if Singapore society falls apart. Who needs society anyway?”

“Thank you Google for continuing to finance TRS and absolving yourself from blame.”


The Real Singapore is run by foreigners:

Voices of S’poreans is 50% Australian: One of the two people behind The Real Singapore arrested is a foreigner

The Real Singapore editors must commit suicide for editorial lapses: TRS reader

Ex-CEO of Singapore-based tech start-up disses Facebook, Google

Ex-CEO of Singapore-based tech start-up disses Facebook, Google

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Start-up subsequently releases statement distancing themselves from ex-CEO.

Johan Stael von Holstein, the ex-CEO of MyCube, a Singapore-based company that seeks to build the world’s first Social Exchange by allowing users to own, control, and monetise their digital data, recently tweeted on Sept. 22: “Best part of being a free agent again is that I can say what I want. I despise what Google and Facebook does and Zuckeberg IS the devil.”

Stael von Holstein, an ardent advocate of online privacy, ownership and control, made these comments after a string of events in recent months where he exited the post of CEO of MyCube to become chairman and ambassador, only to announce that he would step down as chairman but still maintain second-largest ownership of the company.

This string of events started on Aug. 8, following an investment from Black Ocean to become the majority owner of MyCube, the start-up announced that Stael von Holstein would still remain as chairman and ambassador despite stepping down as CEO.

However, on Aug. 18, Johan released his own public statement on Google+ saying he would step down as chairman while maintaining second largest ownership “for the time being”.

MyCube subsequently clarified in a statement on Sept. 26, following the Sept. 22 tweet, that Stael von Holstein was no longer part of the start-up: “Please note that former MyCube CEO Johan Stael von Holstein no longer has any ongoing role with MyCube and will not be serving as company ambassador as previously announced. Any public statements by Stael von Holstein are his opinions alone and not endorsed by or representative of those of the company.”

It is unclear the exact events that transpired but Stael von Holstein has been known to be a vocal critic of the invasion of privacy and ownership of private data by social networks like Facebook and Google+.

A couple of weeks ago, New Nation reported on the winner of MyCube’s uber-prestigious marketing campaign which saw the hiring of 33 interns from 19 countries with exciting perks, plus the top-performing intern walking away with $10,000 extra cash to pursue his own entrepreneurial activities.

These comments by Stael von Holstein come on the heels of the widespread discussion of recent changes to Facebook’s apps where user data is mined and effortless sharing is encouraged on Facebook so that users can access more content by third-party providers.

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Why was Google fined S$610 million?

Why was Google fined S$610 million?

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Hint: Healthcare costs in the US are off the charts.

Google is paying a hefty fine to the U.S. government for knowingly allowing Canadian pharmacies to advertise prescription drugs to U.S. residents.

Importing drugs into the U.S. is illegal, though individuals are not prosecuted and also because authorities turn a blind eye to drugs from Canada.

However, this institutional fine imposed is to force Google to return all the revenue it generated from those ads, and pay the authorities the estimated gross revenue of the Canadian pharmacy sites that placed the ads.

U.S. citizens order from Canadian and overseas pharmacies to get cheaper prices on medicine, although it’s illegal to do so even with a prescription or for drugs not available in the US.

Authorities are tough on online pharmacies because online ordering carries a higher risk of encountering counterfeit pills.

What is unclear is whether punishing Google would resolve the online pharmaceutical issue.

Online pharmacies are the masters of spam, using extensive email spams and spam websites to drive sales, which are partly due to healthcare costs in the US being too expensive.

These online pharmacies are now more likely to invest money in other non-US-based companies when putting up advertisements on the Internet.

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My girlfriend and I are addicted to Google

My girlfriend and I are addicted to Google

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A story about loving via the internet. By Terence Lee and his non-tech significant other.

I KNEW something was wrong with me when my girlfriend prefers to fondle her iPhone rather than my stubbled chin.

In truth, our relationship had lost much of its previous flair: We started off by chatting two to three hours a day on MSN Messenger, especially when I was in lectures – which, by the way, totally explained my pathetic 3.3 GPA in my first semester of school. Phone conversations were an afterthought.

Nowadays, we’ve become too lazy to even talk on a dedicated chat software, preferring instead Gmail’s chat function, which meant I could type an email to my boring university lecturer and talk to my girlfriend at the same time.

Remember those cute little cards filled with cut-out hearts that you would make for your boyfriend as an expression of your unyielding love? We’ve ditched them, preferring instead to send free, animated e-cards to one another because we’re lazy and cheap.

Gone also are the days of calling my girlfriend to plan the time and place for our next date. We share our Google Calendars and sync them to our smartphones just so we can keep tabs on one another – which means she’ll question me endlessly if she finds a blank slot.

We also share a Google Doc where we create a list of places and restaurants we’d like to visit next. Most of them are culled from hungrygowhere.com, a good place to find out about the latest food joints without needing to ask a single person.

So what happens when we want to go somewhere but find ourselves lost? Well, Google Maps takes care of that. You can even key in your destination and Google will take you there, listing out three to four alternatives just for fun. There is no more approaching strangers who might point you in the wrong direction.

To be honest, I was happy with this state of affairs for a while.

But here’s the problem: All that spontaneity is lost. We’ve become a two-person tour group, where every date is a planned programme.

We’ve surrendered all elements of surprise to the meticulousness of our clever phones, and gave up on the notion of exploring the urban jungle like a modern Tarzan and Jane, who may just happen to stumble upon an obscure ramen store in Bugis or an old-school comic book store in Chinatown.

I read once about a journalist who outsourced his life to a personal assistant in India: He even got the assistant to apologise to his wife for an offense – via email.

I did one better: By relying on the omnipresent Google, I did not have to pay a single cent. I let slave machines do the thinking, instead of a foreign assistant dividing her time between work and boyfriend.

So this brings us back to my girlfriend’s love affair with her shiny iPhone – which she named Finna, by the way. Finna was always by her side, whereas she would be lucky to get a two-hour audience from me all week. Which was why I faded into irrelevance.

Faced with this crisis, I decided many weeks ago to set in motion a devious plan that would win her back, a plan concocted in Germany by one Klaus Teuber.

Sounds familiar? Maybe not. He’s the inventor of Settlers of Catan, a rather popular board game that has sold 15 million copies worldwide. So I recently bought the game for my girlfriend.

Yes, a board game made of actual cardboard paper and plastic game pieces, not some pixelated crap invented by a geeky software engineer in Silicon Valley. Settlers is a game created in love; Klaus mentioned that his main aim of inventing board games is to amuse his bored wife.

The plan worked like a charm. We played Settlers with my mum and brother when she came to my place. We yelped in amusement whenever someone was penalised or on the verge of victory. What would have been a sleepy Sunday afternoon turned into a time of genuine bonding.

And most importantly, I snatched her from the likes of tech kingpins like Mark Zuckerberg and Eric Schmidt, who obviously prefer that the world interact behind a computer screen, like their anti-social selves.

So friends, here’s a secret to rekindling your pathetic, dying relationships: Play a board game together. You won’t get that from any romance guru.

An edited version of this article was published on the Nanyang Chronicle.