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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  • Filipino, Vietnamese troops play games on Spratly island

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war Wednesday to foster camaraderie at a Philippine-held island in the South China Sea, where territorial rifts have escalated following China's island-building activities. …

  • Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway. Cooperation has blossomed between Hanoi and Manila since they shelved decades of enmity over their competing claims in the Spratly archipelago to try to counter China, whose creation of artificial islands in the region …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Fall on renewed U.S. rate hike concerns

    BANGKOK, May 27 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets tumbled on Wednesday as investors resumed selling on expectations of an interest rate hike in the U.S. sooner rather than later, derailing Philippine ... …

  • Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute
    Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute

    As US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan began its journey to Asian waters amid China’s power flexing in the region, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin would try to hear directly from his US counterpart how far America is willing to go to aid its long-time ally against China’s threatening moves in disputed waters. Gazmin flew to Hawaii last Monday to attend ceremonies for the turnover of leadership of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) from Admiral Samuel Locklear to Admiral Harry …

  • Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level
    Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level

    The water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan yesterday fell below the 180-meter critical level for irrigation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA said the dam’s water level further dropped to 179.98 meters as of 6 a.m. yesterday from 180.2 meters on Monday. The priority is the domestic consumption in Metro Manila, according to PAGASA. …

  • PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid
    PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid

    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) reported yesterday that an estimated P3-billion charity fund has been allocated by Congress to the agency to provide medical assistance to indigent patients and also give funds to other government offices including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Crop Insurance Program. …

  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

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