99.co acquires UrbanIndo, an Indonesian property portal with 1.2M listings

Kevin McSpadden, writing for E27;

99.co, a Singapore-based real estate portal, announced today it has acquired UrbanIndo.com, an Indonesian property website with 1.2 million listings. The financial details of the deal were undisclosed.

The thing with these real estate portal or property listings, its more of a recognition brand thing. One property listing website may be very popular in one particular country but to another it’s unknown. That is why we see a lot of acquisition in this space.

One good example is Sulit.com.ph, since sulit is very popular in the Philippines, rather than competing directly with Sulit, Nasper just acquired Sulit and AyosDito.Ph to get to top spot. If they did decide to compete directly with Sulit and other local classified listings, I’m not sure if OLX be able to dominate the market like how they dominate now and probably will just be number 2 or 3 to Sulit.Ph and AyosDito.Ph.

Regulators In The Philippines Continue To Tighten The Screws On Esports

Ian Walker, writing for Compete.Kotaku;

Competitive gaming in the Philippines was dealt another serious blow after the recent signing of a resolution by the country’s Games and Amusement Board (GAB). In addition to mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamines, the resolution will require esports events to ensure all participants are officially licensed by the state as well as share profits with the GAB itself.

Despite being accepted last October, the details of Resolution No. 2017-21 were only just made public on January 10. Its stipulation that any competitive gaming event with a prize of over ₱10,000 PHP (or just under $200 USD) follow the GAB’s guidelines has organizers in the area worried about the effects it may have on tournaments in the Philippines, especially within the fighting game community.

The Philippines’ eSports industry is still in its infancy, this will surely slow it down if not kill eSports in the country.

It’s a shame since we have a lot of great players in the country and a potential to be a big eSports player in the region.

TV5 closing down news website InterAksyon.com

Melvin G. Calimag, reporting for Newsbytes;

After a brief seven-year run, local news website InterAksyon.com will formally cease its operations this year, Newsbytes.PH has learned.

And;

InterAksyon.com is the latest news outfit to be in the news for various reasons. Earlier, the local office of CNN dismissed about 60 workers apparently due to “right-sizing.” Online news firm Rappler, on the other hand, has been in the headlines because of the cancellation of its registration by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

It’s unclear why they need to close the whole website, since the partnership between ESPN and TV5 will only cover sports.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

Tumblr founder leaving Yahoo-owned blogging platform

Agence France-Presse via Manila Bulletin;

Tumblr founder and chief David Karp on Monday announced he is leaving the nearly 11-year-old blogging platform — with his departure coming in the wake of Verizon buying parent-company Yahoo.

Karp said that he will leave by the end of this year and chief operating officer Jeff D’Onofrio will take his place at the helm of Tumblr.

Not a good sign.. for a platform known for hosting tons of porn GIF!

KFC launches Internet Escape Pod, a tent with magic force field designed to disrupt the internet

KFC;

Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising. Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time.

In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.

  • Steel and stainless steel mesh cage
  • Colonel made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint
  • Made in USA
  • Dimensions: 7′ x 7′ x 6′ 6″

I guess, it’s either KFC’s Internet Escape Pod or just turn off your wifi router, device and put it a box and walk away.

Firefox version 57 Quantum and WordPress 4.9 now available

A couple of updates on the tools that I’m using online. First the browser, Mozilla just release Firefox 57 Quantum. If you are using Firefox, you will probably get a notification to restart the browser to apply the new update, if not then you can download the latest version of Firefox at mozilla.org.

Here’s what’s new, from the release notes;

  • A completely new browsing engine, designed to take full advantage of the processing power in modern devices
  • A redesigned interface with a clean, modern appearance, consistent visual elements, and optimizations for touch screens
  • A unified address and search bar. New installs will see this unified bar. Learn how to add the stand-alone search bar to the toolbar
  • A revamped new tab page that includes top visited sites, recently visited pages, and recommendations from Pocket (in the US, Canada, and Germany)
  • An updated product tour to orient new and returning Firefox users
  • AMD VP9 hardware video decoder support for improved video playback with lower power consumption
  • An expanded section in preferences to manage all website permissions

I’m one of the few who still prefers Firefox over Google Chrome, I cannot exactly put my fingers into it but even though it’s buggy at times there just something in Firefox that’s better than using Chrome. You can read the full release notes of Firefox Quantum here.

Next is WordPress 4.9, just got an update and it looks like its more on the performance side than anything else. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS for your blog or website, you can automatically update to the latest version by going to ADMIN > DASHBOARD > UPDATE, just make sure you back up your database incase something went wrong.

To know more about WordPress 4.9, you can go here.

PH internet ‘no good’? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Jack Ma touched a very sensitive nerve and now both PLDT/Smart and Globe are on damage control.

Chrisee Dela Paz, reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s telecommunications giants and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) vowed to do the best they can to improve the state of Philippine internet, after Jack Ma, the Chinese tycoon behind global tech giant Alibaba Group, shared what he thought about it.

What Jack Ma said is what consumer have been saying about the internet service for a long time now.

And this is where Globe and PLDT is passing the blame to the government;

Spokespersons of PLDT and Globe acknowledged that there’s still much to be done to improve internet services in the Philippines. But they also emphasized the need for the government’s involvement to turn slow, costly internet around.

At the end of the day, if telcos really want to provide fast internet, they WILL provide fast and reliable internet, with or without the government’s assistance.

PLDT to spend P11 billion in two years to improve internet speed

Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, writing for GMA News;

Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. is spending P11 billion in the next two years to finance a modernization plan which includes the shift to fiber internet.

The budget will allotted to rollout a million Fibr ports across the country and upgrade over 1.3 million subscribers to fiber optics cable from Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).

Hopefully, when another tech luminary visits the Philippines, we won’t hear any more complain.

SE Asia undersea cables got cut; slower internet ensues

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Reports from several SouthEast Asian news sources have mentioned that the region’s Asia-American Gateway (AAG), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3) cables all have suffered damages during the past weeks. AAG had been damaged as it was ruptured in two locations: 66 kilometers (41 miles) and 85 kilometers from its Hong Kong station. Meanwhile, TGA-IA cable’s damage was seen by experts at around 54 kilometers from the same island.

This is bad!

Kickstarter will launch in Japan on September 13th

Ashley Carman, writing for The Verge;

Kickstarter is coming to Japan on September 13th. The company confirmed the date in an emailed announcement today and said interested creators should email japan@kickstarter.com. Although people from Japan could always back a project, or launch their own through a partnership with a US-based partner, they can now launch their own using a local Japanese bank account and a local form of identification. Kickstarter will be in Japanese, too.

Kickstarter first announced the launching of the service in Japan last May.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gets collaborative features

Google;

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.

Today, we’re introducing new updates to better help with “version control,” to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.

We use Google docs and sheets at work, these collaborative feature will be a big help in speeding up our projects.

Mozilla Firefox 55 now supports WebVR

Mozilla;

Today’s release brings innovative functionality, improvements to core browser performance, and more proof that we’re committed to making Firefox better than ever. New features include support for WebVR, making Firefox the first Windows desktop browser to support VR experiences. Performance changes include significantly faster startup times when restoring lots of tabs and settings that let users take greater control of our new multi-process architecture. We’ve also upgraded the address bar to make finding what you want easier, with search suggestions and the integration of our one-click search feature, and safer, by prioritizing the secure – https – version of sites when possible. Read what Nick Nguyen (VP, Firefox Product) has to say about Firefox 55, get historical perspective on the development of WebVR from Sean White (SVP, Emerging Technologies) in this Medium post, and read about all the new features for developers in Firefox 55 on Mozilla Hacks.

If you are already using Firefox, you can update by going to HELP then ABOUT FIREFOX or just go to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.

Mozilla’s Send is basically the Snapchat of file sharing

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge;

Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. The site is called Send, and it’s basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a file has been downloaded once, it disappears for good.

You can go to https://send.firefox.com/ to take the service for a spin. You do not need to create an account to use the service.

Here’s the promotional video of Send;

Google warns users about phishing attacks using Google Docs

Extra.ph;

If you receive an email from your contacts inviting you edit a Google Docs, chances are its the new Google Docs phishing scam that will give the attacker access to your Google account and use it to send more spam mail.

Google already released a statement regarding the scam and appears to have fixed the issue.

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Google;

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.

I tried out the new Google Earth and it looks better than the old Google Earth. Plus the Voyager features is perfect for kids who wants learn more about our world and other place around the world.

YouTube Go beta launches in India

Chaim Gartenberg, reporting for The Verge;

Google announced today that a public YouTube Go beta is now available for users to try out in India. The new app is a redesigned version of the YouTube Go app announced last September, which is specifically focused on offering an improved experience in areas with poor connectivity.

Ayopop

Ayopop is a e-payment platform, where users can charge or load credits to their account via credit card, bank transfer, or thru other payment options.

Ayopop is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and c-founded early 2016 by Chiragh Kirpalani and Jakob Rost.

AOL and Yahoo plan to call themselves by a new name after the Verizon deal closes: Oath

Avery Hartmans and Julie Bort, reporting for Business Insider;

When Verizon merges Yahoo with AOL after its acquisition of Yahoo closes, the newly created division will get a new name. That new name is Oath, sources tell Business Insider.

That’s one weird name for the two of the most iconic internet company. Whoever owns oath.com or oath.net will one lucky SOB! 🙂

Here’s a tweet from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong about the new name of the combined internet companies.