Eileen Yu

Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently an independent business technology journalist and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 19 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored in Journalism at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she wrote an honours thesis titled: To Censor or Not: The Great Singapore Dilemma. In her By The Way blog, she covers industry developments in Singapore as well as other Asian markets, and aims to drive discussions about the impact of government regulations and policies.

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Can CEOs afford to say 'no comment'?

Can CEOs afford to say 'no comment'?

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO and founder of Research In Motion (RIM), made news headlines this week after he abruptly ended an interview with BBC when the reporter began fielding questions about the company's security-related scuffles in India and the Middle East. The BlackBerry maker last year faced a potential service ban in the countries if it did not yield to the respective government's request to access data transmitted via the mobile device.

April 14, 2011 by in Innovation

Still unprepared for first social media S'pore election

Still unprepared for first social media S'pore election

Election fever is heating up in the island-state and the politicking has gone into full swing, showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly.This little red dot I call home is expected to hold its General Elections anytime over the next two months, and one that is described as Singapore's first election since the uprising of social networking sites.

March 31, 2011 by in Singapore

Is there room for data roaming charges to go down?

Is there room for data roaming charges to go down?

Most of us now surf regularly on our mobile devices, but try doing that while overseas and you might grow a few extra strands of grey hair when you return home to a phone bill for hundreds of dollars--or thousands, if you're a Facebook stalker--in data roaming charges. So, a question begs to be asked: does it really cost our operators so much to support our need for ubiquitous connectivity?

March 10, 2011 by in Asean

No more TV license in S'pore; RecordTV lawsuit ruling moot?

No more TV license in S'pore; RecordTV lawsuit ruling moot?

Every household in Singapore probably did a little jolly jig on Friday when the government announced radio and TV license will be abolished, finally.During his budget speech, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam explained that license fees were "losing their relevance" with increasing media convergence where anyone can now receive broadcast content over the Internet and mobile devices, and TV ownership is no longer limited to middle- and higher-income groups.

February 20, 2011 by in Hardware

Can Asian parenting survive in workplace?

Can Asian parenting survive in workplace?

By now, most of you would be familiar with Yale Law School professor, Amy Chua, and her infamous essay about the merits of Chinese parenting.In the article, Chua describes how her two daughters were never allowed, among other things, to have a playdate, be in a school play, get any grade less than an A or play any instrument other than the piano or violin.

January 20, 2011 by in Asean

WikiLeaks puts Net freedom ideology in question

WikiLeaks puts Net freedom ideology in question

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand--the largest anarchy that we have ever had."Google CEO Eric Schmidt uttered those words way back in April 1997 when he was then CTO of Sun Microsystems and alluding to how the Internet had emerged as the biggest driver of change.

December 16, 2010 by in Asean

Breaking the IT shell

Breaking the IT shell

Ask someone to describe their IT department and the words "geeky" and "EQ challenged" will likely pop up. But, is the image of an awkward bespectacled nerd whose eyes never seem to leave the floor, a misconception of techies in the industry today?

December 2, 2010 by in CXO

Can kids today grow up to be Mark Zuckerberg?

Can kids today grow up to be Mark Zuckerberg?

I was having dinner in a restaurant one day when a family sat down at the table next to mine.The kid in the family, who looked to be around six years old, was showing signs of restlessness when his father promptly reached into his backpack, pulled out a portable DVD player, plonked it in front of his offspring, and turned on the device.

November 18, 2010 by in Social Enterprise

Oh, what a tangled Web

Oh, what a tangled Web

Hell hath no fury like a blogosphere scorned, especially when some first practice to deceive, as Shakespeare might say.This week, no one knew that better than Cooks Source editor Judith Griggs, following accusations that the U.

November 11, 2010 by in Legal

Never a question too stupid

Never a question too stupid

I bought my first car 10 years after I got my license and 10 years after I last drove a car. So believe me when I say the car dealer almost didn't get in for the test-drive after I told him this would be the first time I had driven in a decade.

October 21, 2010 by in Innovation

Don't let Net become social judge

Don't let Net become social judge

A friend once asked me how I knew right from wrong when I didn't subscribe to any religion. Without a religious doctrine to guide me, he wondered what I used as a moral and social yardstick to coexist harmoniously with others in society.

October 14, 2010 by in Singapore

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