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Flipping through Facebook's privacy flap

The furore over Facebook's change (and reverting) of its user terms illustrates a few points about Internet companies.(a) In order to be nimble, they will reserve the right to change their terms as easily as possible.

February 25, 2009 by

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Market competition and Chinese New Year

I wanted to write this only after the Chinese New Year season had passed. As far back as I can remember, during the run-up to the Chinese New Year, many businesses in Singapore would raise their prices.

February 22, 2009 by

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High tech undone by low tech failings

The recent Mumbai terrorist attacks have left the entire world stunned. Terrorists are now improving their skills so that they are able to beat the known skills of the law enforcement agencies all over the world.

January 1, 2009 by

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Time for stricter harassment laws?

A remarkable scolding incident filmed on a handphone has appeared on Web sites. In it, a lady is seen launching a verbal barrage at a commuter standing in a commuter train.

November 16, 2008 by

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The Microsoft 'black screen' of software legitimacy

Microsoft has come up with a new way of handling software piracy. Using its Windows Genuine Advantage tool, when a non-authorized version of its Windows XP Pro operating system is detected, every hour of use throws up a black screen that can be reset to anything else in the usual ways, but every 60 minutes it will change back to the plain black background.

November 2, 2008 by

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A melamine look at sticking with strict liability

Amid the tainted melamine milk product scandal in China, fingers are pointing in all directions and soon the knives will come out. While there exists finger-pointing in order to salvage reputation, the legal position on liability is quite clear.

September 23, 2008 by

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A shield for Web site owners?

Web site owners around the world run into one common legal problem-–liability for third-party content. Should a person be liable for content posted on a site by another, solely because he operates that Web site?

August 13, 2008 by

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What should be in Singapore's localized Creative Commons?

A while back, the government was all for nurturing creativity in Singapore--so the news of the Creative Commons must have sounded a good step in that direction.The last week of July saw the announcement that Singapore will launch its localized version of the Creative Commons.

August 10, 2008 by

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The trouble with spam laws

I attended a recent briefing on Singapore's spam laws. While it was interesting and the speakers tried to get into the nuances of Singapore spam's legislation, the open floor round revealed some of the common problems plaguing spam laws.

August 3, 2008 by

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