ICT Happening Updates Week 1 of Feb 2013

In case you missed them, the most important happenings for last week were:
  • WeChat surpasses 300 m user accounts globally in just 2 years.
  • Netflix CEO fights for the right to post company milestones on Facebook.
  • RIM launches BlackBerry 10 platform.
  • Yahoo's Mayer recognizes for honeymoon success.
  • Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium.
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Feb 1, 2013 - WeChat Surpasses 300 m user Accounts Globally in Just 2 Years

WeChat took 433 days to flourish with 100 million user accounts last March. It then took merely six months before it achieved 200 million user accounts last September and has now broken the 300 million user accounts mark in just merely four months. Known as one of the most fast-growing, progressive mobile messaging application, WeChat’s success is driven by its multifaceted but user-oriented features which lead to better user experiences.

On Feb 3, 2012, the company announced that WeChat will remain a free service and directly challenge competitor Whatsapp for market share.

But I wonder what is their strategy to make money ?

Feb 1, 2013 - Netflix CEO fights for the right to post company milestones on Facebook

What seems to emerge was Netflix CEO's decision to leverage on Facebook for its public announcement has landed on the wrong track in terms of Securities and Exchange Commission's standard.

Apparently, Facebook is not considered to be a official media which cater for a wide range of viewers.

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Jan 30, 2013 - BlackBerry 10: Re-designed, Re-engineered, and Re-invented

RIM launched BlackBerry® 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. Available on two new LTE-enabled smartphones, the BlackBerry® Z10 (all-touch) and BlackBerry® Q10 (touch with physical keyboard) smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10 offer you a faster, smarter and smoother experience than any other BlackBerry you have used before.

Analysts opined that this is going to be the greatest test yet for RIM.

Nonetheless, based on the vibe around myself, there isn't much excitement generated around it yet.

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Jan 29, 2013 - Investors Acknowledge Mayer's Efforts and Upgrade Expectation

Marissa Mayer successfully defended Yahoo's value which saw gained of 30% since her took over in July 2012.

Mayer's strategy for Yahoo has always been associated with mobile. On Dec 11,2012, Yahoo revamped its popular Yahoo webmail. This is in line with her long term strategy to focus on products; allowing users to spend more time, reap more benefits and subsequently spend more money on them.

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Jan 29, 2013 - Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium

Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling — all for US$99.99 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.

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