Chew Lin KAY - Freelance Writer
When not writing for SGE, Chew Lin is a facilitator, saloniere and newly-minted Twitter addict. She loves to learn and to help people encounter new, cool ideas–the ah-ha! moment gives her a real high.
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In early September, we reported on preliminary rulings on the lawsuit between TechCrunch and Fusion Garage. The court dismissed all the motions filed against Fusion Garage, except for the motion alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Michael Arrington finally broke his long silence on the lawsuit to release comments on the case and to release emails claiming to prove that Fusion Garage and McGrath/Power had “planned the entire blowup from beginning till end.” Read more
On August 24, a Californian court issued preliminary rulings on the lawsuit between TechCrunch and Fusion Garage over their collaboration on a tablet device. Of the five motions that were filed against Fusion Garage, all except that of the breach of fiduciary duty have been struck down. Most immediately relevant for Fusion Garage is the squashing of TechCrunch’s demand to sequester proceeds from sales of their JooJoo tablet.
What’s been going on?
In 2008, TechCrunch announced their project to build a low-priced tablet device; two prototypes and six months later, Fusion Garage was brought in to work on the software side of the project. Originally planned for launch end-November 2009, Mike Arrington announced the death of the CrunchPad, claiming that TechCrunch had been booted off their own project. Read more
Garena, Singapore Ocean Technology Media and Co’s Internet-gaming community platform, has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch in 2007. When we chatted with Garena’s founder, Forrest Li last year, they told us about the 23 million registered users. However, just shy of one year on, the number might now be 42 million users. According to Quantcast‘s estimate, in June 2010 Garena drew 13,000 unique visitors from the United States alone; Compete estimated 60,000 unique visitors worldwide for the same period. Read more
comScore, a provider of digital marketing intelligence, recently published their survey findings on women’s Internet browsing behaviour. While confirming certain assumptions (see: women and shopping), the survey also raises some interesting findings (women prefer Bing! who knew?), and highlights other factors, such as overall Internet access, that affect how people manage their time on the Internet. Read more
While the JooJoo, Fusion Garage’s flagship product, was never marketed as an iPad clone, the iPad’s official launch in Singapore tomorrow 23rd July should have triggered a flurry of activity from Fusion Garage’s PR machine. However, a quick Google search will show that there’s been no coverage on the JooJoo or Fusion Garage itself in recent months. What’s going on? Read more
We all know that we should eat better, but in our hectic lives it is just too difficult to find something that isn’t full of preservatives, sugars and artificial flavours. Is it any wonder that we fall sick all the time? Or that we don’t look or feel our best?
A new entrant to the local food delivery scene might just be the trick. LINS Smoodees are like the milkmen of yore–except they will deliver freshly bledned green smoothies. No expensive equipment to buy, no fussing about in the kitchen, just delicious, good-for-you convenience. Read more
Local mobile security company tenCube is having a very good run in 2010! Following on from the announcement of a strategic investment from Indian telecom apps service provider One97 to having its innovation acknowledged by China Mobile Research Institute, comes the news of tenCube making waves at two separate Silicon Valley events. WaveSecure, tenCube’s flagship product, was selected as the top product at the Plug and Play EXPO Spring 2010, and was tipped by Launch Silicon Valley as “Most Likely to Succeed”. Read more
As part of its goal to develop a vibrant and competitive infocomm industry, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) set aside $20 million for programmes meant to develop talent for the industry. The Infocomm Leadership and Development Programme (iLEAD) is one of them: targeted at infocomm professionals, iLEAD will grow a pipeline of experts. Read more
Recently, HTC Singapore withdrew customer service support from its Facebook wall. While this move seems to be part of efforts to improve the overall customer service experience, it does not seem to address customers’ wants, nor does it take into account how the Internet has changed the consumer landscape. The voices on the Internet fora will not change unless and until companies can deliver on their promises. Read more
tenCube, a local mobile security company, has just reached another milestone in their growth. In March, they were awarded a prize for Most Innovative Company in China Mobile Research Institute’s Innovation Competition, distinguishing themselves from the 110 teams and 150 submissions received from all over China. Read more