July 31, 2007

Hot of the Press: Publicis acquires CCG Asia!

The big guns are on a buying spree again! Yesterday, Publicis Groupe announced the acquisition of Communications Central Group. CCG will be rebranded as "Digitas Greater China and will spearhead the network's rollout in Asia. Neil Runcieman will continue on as CEO. Click here for the press release or get more from Media.

July 30, 2007

The future of newspapers is...

At the recent 7th Birthday Party of AtNext.com (the online version of Hong Kong's popular Apple Daily newspaper), the company's charismatic Founder and Chairman, Jimmy Lai, tells it how it is.

Click below to listen to his wise words in English:

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And here for the Cantonese version:

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Web Wednesday - Video Interviews

Web Wednesday goes multi-media! Extracts of interviews carried out by Don Anderson, Tin Roof Rusted Productions.

July 27, 2007

Jealous Computers - Beware!

Nokia has really gone to town with this one. Witty and worth sharing, if only for the entertainment factor. Like the user generated content angle too. Upload your own video to get a free t-shirt - now that's an incentive!

July 26, 2007

Social Mixer 3.0

The Bohemian Lounge was buzzing with chat and jolly-card-jousting at last night's third Web Wednesday event. Numbers were up over 100% from last month's mixer to reach 50 or so digerati.

Cards were dropped in the bowl by people from Authentify, Catalist Group, charged, eBay Hong Kong, energy media, English Town, GV-Data, John Ferdinand, Johnson & Johnson Acuvue, Mark Peter Music, Media Magazine, Norm Yip Photography, OMD, Omniture, origin x creative, South China Morning Post, STFS, UBS Bank, Universal McCann and Upstream Asia.

We recorded our first podcast (video and audio) interviews, the cream of which (if there is any!) will be posted to this site later on in the month - love that editing ;-).

If you are on Facebook (can you afford not to be?), then please do take the time to join the official Web Wednesday - Hong Kong Group.

July 25, 2007

Domains.Asia Forum - this afternoon

News Flash: Join the Domains Asia forum of international experts in the domain industry and learn more about the value of owning domains. Sponsored by DotAsia, the main forum starts at 3pm today and is held at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel. Only HK$100 for non-members of supporting organisations.

July 23, 2007

China Internet Users - An Official Analysis

According to a recent report released by the China Network Information Center (CNNIC), China's internet population has increased by 25 million people in the last six months to reach a grand 162 million Internet users.

What makes this report even more interesting is the breakdown of who the users are and how they use the Internet in China. Essential extracts below:

  • Over half of all Internet users(51.2%) are under age 25.
  • Instant messaging (IM) is used more often to communicate than email (69.8% vs. 55.4%).
  • Over 37% of users access the Internet from Internet cafes.
  • Chinese youth (under 25) primarily go on the Internet in search of entertainment, namely music (91.4%), movies (79.6%) and online games (67.1%).

July 19, 2007

SCMP - Bush Wacked!

The brave folks over at the South China Morning Post are using a witty video, that takes the mickey out of the world's most erudite leader (no guessing who this is!), to promote the launch of their new website. To show your support for our leading local English rag, drop by the video site to see it for yourself. Don't forget to sign up and sample the delights of SCMP 2.0.

Best Lifestyle Award - HK ICT Awards 2007

The Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (“HKITF”) will be running a briefing session this afternoon (4-6:30 p.m.) in Cyberport for those who want to enter or know more about their new award - Hong Kong ICT Awards 2007: Best Lifestyle Award - for the application, product or website that has used information and communication technology (ICT) to improve the quality of life. The HKITF has lofty goals in promoting this award, which are:

1. To promote greater use of ICT in the community.
2. To encourage local and original software development and promote improved creativity in the exploitation of technology.
3. To educate the community about the importance of ICT in their daily lives.
4. The promotion of the winning entries’ would lead to their greater and better use by our community for the betterment of our quality of life.

There is a networking event after the official announcements so do pop along (if you can call a trip to Cyberport a "pop") to start rubbing shoulders with up and coming IT moguls.

July 3, 2007

Mobile Advertising - Casual Talk

Mobile Monday is back in action again with their next event covering the hot topic (aren't they all?) of mobile advertising. To attend, you'll need to register on this site. The event will be held at
FINDS Restaurant Bar, 2/F Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong. Usually has a good turn out of people in or connected to the mobile industry with a casual speaker panel.