Internet And Social Media

  • Banking’s New Frontier – The Quest For Borderless Networks: Jan Schildbach

    Banking’s New Frontier – The Quest For Borderless Networks: Jan Schildbach

    26 August 2011.

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, many expected Western banks to abandon their foreign interests and refocus on their domestic markets. Yet today, the presence of foreign banks in local markets is much greater overall than it was a few years ago. According to a new report by Deutsche Bank Research, banks’ cross-border business – direct or via branches or subsidiaries – has now broadly stabilized. As such, the outlook for cross-border banking is positive.

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  • China's Ghost Towns: Overdevelopment in the Real Estate Market

    China's Ghost Towns: Overdevelopment in the Real Estate Market

    Some say that the best expression of excess capacity and overdevelopment in China is its real estate market. Shanghai, for example, is a prime instance of the property boom that the country has experienced in the past decade. In key cities such as Beijing, property prices has already increased by more than 140 percent, making it unaffordable for a massive majority of homebuyers.

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  • Thunder Road: Sparking a Revival for the Electric Car

    Thunder Road: Sparking a Revival for the Electric Car

    Back in 2006, Californian filmmaker Chris Paine announced the premature demise of the electric car in his cult, prize-winning documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? Now, just five years on, Paine has proclaimed the rebirth of the electric car in the sequel Revenge Of The Electric Car.

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  • The Trouble with the Singapore Workplace

    The Trouble with the Singapore Workplace

    21 July 2011.

    Now let's get this right: Singapore is a great place to do business. It's the gateway to Asian economies and where businesses big and small base themselves to trade with the rest of South East Asia - and the world. But as much as Singapore prides itself in being the best place for business in Asia, underneath the sparkling facade of its Central Business District and well-dressed, well-spoken and good-looking frontline representatives lies fundamental practices - things just aren't right.

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  • Corruption & Money: The Language of FIFA

    Corruption & Money: The Language of FIFA

    30 June 2011.

    Fifa is corrupt and everybody has known about it for years. The most recent allegations against executive committee members Bin Hammam and Jack Warner – which involved bribes totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for votes - are merely the latest developments in a long-running saga.

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  • Rising Oil Prices Drive Green Initiatives

    Rising Oil Prices Drive Green Initiatives

    27 June 2011.

    CFOs across the US plan to implement policies to reduce their reliance on oil in the future as prices continue to soar, it has been found. The survey, conducted by Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey, found that 53 percent of the 499 US based CFOs interviewed, were increasing their use of communications via technological advances such as teleconferencing which enables them to cut fuel consumption by holding conferences remotely.

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  • The House Always Wins: World Casino Takings

    The House Always Wins: World Casino Takings

    17 June 2011.

    Casinos. Where dreams of becoming an overnight millionaire are made – and mortgage payments are broken. The house always wins. But it doesn’t seem that way, by design. The poker-faced dealers hardly look like sharks and the only people having a good time it seems, are the customers. Who would know their life savings were disappearing down the little black hole in the corner of the roulette table?

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  • Financial Services Execs Wowed by Channel Innovation

    Financial Services Execs Wowed by Channel Innovation

    2 June 2011.

    The twin spectres of regulation and cloud services were major areas of concern among delegates at the recent FST Summit Europe 2011 event, held 17-19 May at the Hotel Nassauer Hof in Wiesbaden, Germany. But innovative ideas around channel integration proved to be the big hit for the majority of executives in attendance.

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  • Social Media in Singapore Politics: It’s Serious Business Folks!

    Social Media in Singapore Politics: It’s Serious Business Folks!

    24 May 2011.

    It takes a brave person to write about politics in Singapore.

    Over the years, publications and journalists have been sued - and even jailed for criticising the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), who have been in power since 1963.

    The older generation of Singaporeans believe criticising the government only means trouble. Even in private conversations, many older Singaporeans resist talking about the government in the fear “big brother” may be listening.

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  • Security Still Top Priority for Finance Execs

    Security Still Top Priority for Finance Execs

    In the wake of the recent Sony PlayStation hack, Amazon EC2 outage and Epsilon data theft, information security is once again back in the news – for all the wrong reasons.

    The web has become a playground for hackers and malcontents eager to phish, defraud and steal wherever and whenever they can. Policing this landscape is a logistical nightmare, and battle lines are being drawn and redrawn many thousands of times a day – which perhaps hints at why many of us are still uncomfortable with the idea of storing sensitive data in third-party environments.

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  • Want to Start Blogging? Here’s What I’ve Learnt…Part 1

    Want to Start Blogging? Here’s What I’ve Learnt…Part 1

    29 April 2011.

    Something very strange has been happening to me recently. People have been asking for my advice on blogging, like I’m some sort of expert! The first time I wondered why are they asking me? However, as time has gone on, I’ve realised that having 12 months blogging experience seems to really count as something these days – especially in Asia Pacific. It’s all been a bit baffling, but quite motivating as well.

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  • 3D Printing: A Money Goldmine?

    3D Printing: A Money Goldmine?

    28 April 2011.

    Since 2003 3D printers have been on the rise, and over time, their costs declined. The technology is a form of additive manufacturing where 3D objects are created – and are more affordable and user friendly than other additive manufacturing technologies.

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  • New UK Bank Rules: US Looks Even More Pathetic

    New UK Bank Rules: US Looks Even More Pathetic

    11 April 2011.

    As Wall Street banks successfully mobilize their lobbying muscle with both Congress and the Obama regime

    to fight to fight off both further regulation AND any real implementation of what weak regulations DO exist,

    in Britain the battle is just beginning over how best to manage financial institutions considered too big to fail, aka TBTF.

    Today, a volley will be fired at the country’s politically and economically powerful financial sector by a government-backed commission,

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