Our Picks for News of the Week [Sept. 14, 2012]

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“We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.” So wrote the bard, and while I suspect he wasn’t trying to make reference to technology news several centuries in the future, it is true that time continues to tick. The news stories below are gone forever, now, but they live on in our archive, and in our hearts. Here’s what you missed this week, if you’re the sort of person who missed things this week.

Charlie’s pick: Oh, fine. Apple Launches iPhone 5

Despite the fact that I have complained about how there’s too much fuss about it, it’s hard to deny that the iPhone is what had everyone talking this week. The new model doesn’t pack much that’s special for Asia, but we expect it’ll sell like hotcakes here anyway. In fact, probably much better than hotcakes since I don’t even know what those are.

Steven’s pick: Google Weighs in on Acer China Phone Debacle, But is Google Being Anti-Competitive?

My favourite story of the week combines mystery, corporate in-fighting, and gadgets. You see, on Thursday, China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, was due to unveil a flagship phone running its own cloud-oriented Aliyun OS. It’s made by Acer. But the launch event was cancelled and the device seems to have been torpedoed. It wasn't until late Friday night (US time) that Google spoke.

Andrew’s pick: WeChat’s Simple Keys To Success: Hire Smart Folks, Work Bloody Hard

The story behind WeChat's success is simple and yet motivating. And it's very true that nothing can be accomplished without hard work. Don’t worry about the late nights and just focus on the product, that is probably the only way out. WeChat is much better compared to other messaging apps, and it will only probably get better.

Willis’ pick: WeChat Hits 200 Million Users

Tencent’s CEO and founder Pony Ma speech at the recent China Internet Conference at Beijing seems like just another speech until he dropped a bomb of WeChat having hit 200 million users. It’s a big number and achieved in six months since Ma last announced the 100 million user milestone through his weibo. All in all, WeChat has a shot to international fame. Folks who use both WeChat and Whatsapp know that the former is better and it’s an exciting period for Chinese internet history, I believe.

[UPDATED on September 16: Sorry, we forgot to delete the last template paragraph.]

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  • Que nails first title in 3 years

    The three-time Asian Tour champion, who bounced back from a mediocre start of 72 and 71 with a fiery 66 Friday to tie Tabuena at helm, pooled a 72-hole total of seven-under 281 to nail the elusive win on the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour worth P650,000. Hounded by poor putting, Tabuena went birdie-less for the first time in a long while but still stayed in the title hunt with a slew of pars at the back until he bogeyed the 17th and fell by two. …

  • Church: Donate to ‘Alay Kapwa’

    An official of the Church’s social action arm has asked the faithful to be generous when making a donation to "Alay Kapwa" today, Palm Sunday, which is also designated as Alay Kapwa Sunday.   Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), said the faithful should generously give to Alay Kapwa as the amount collected will be used as emergency funds for crisis and calamities both from natural and …

  • ‘PNP’s systematic anti-crime drive to be sustained

    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas II vowed to sustain the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) deliberate, programmatic and determined approach in fighting criminality.  “The President and Filipino people can be assured that the PNP will not slow down in its mission of fighting criminality, not only in Metro Manila but nationwide," said Roxas, who bared that there has been a significant drop in criminal activities within Metro Manila, especially …

  • Visayas grid to benefit from new Luzon power plants

    Owing to the existing transmission interconnection, Visayas grid is seen benefitting from the projected ‘oversupply’ that may saturate Luzon in the next three years. The Department of Energy and players from the power industry have noted the scant flow of capital for new power projects in Visayas, but they underscored that the transmission link-up would enable the sharing of energy between the two grids. First Gen executive vice president Ernesto B. Pantangco, who is also vice president of …

  • Arroyo’s co-accused permitted to undergo hospital procedure

    A co-accused of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a plunder case has been allowed by the Sandiganbayan First Division to undergo a medical procedure tomorrow. The graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas, who was also its former budget and accounts manager, to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance procedure at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City this morning. Aguas, who is …

  • Petron expands petroleum retail operations

    Following the completion of its re-branding on acquired assets, leading Philippine oil firm Petron Corporation is now setting its goal on expanding its retail network in Malaysian petroleum market. The company has emphasized “20 more sites are in various stages of construction and commissioning.” On the downstream petroleum industry, it is the first time that a Filipino firm had brought its brand to an offshore market. It is technically some sort of ‘symbiosis’ when it comes to investments …

  • PAGASA: Storm may enter PH by Wednesday

    It may be a wet and windy Holy Week due to an erstwhile low pressure area which has intensified into a tropical storm with international name "Maysak,” according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.As of yesterday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the cyclone at about 3,300 kilometers east of Mindanao and outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).Should it maintain its present speed and track, it may enter the …

  • News In Brief

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