E-commerce sales of new goods will reach $10.9 billion in gross merchandise value in 2017, almost double their level in 2015.
SINGAPORE — Southeast Asia’s internet economy, spanning online travel to ride-hailing, will reach $50 billion this year, putting it on a solid trajectory to grow fourfold by 2025, according to a joint research report by Google and Temasek Holdings Pte.
As more consumers buy airline tickets and book hotels through smartphones, the region’s online travel market expanded from $19.1 billion in 2015 to $26.6 billion in 2017, according to a report the two companies released Tuesday. The research covered four key sectors of the internet economy: travel, media, ride-hailing and e-commerce.
Online shopping and ride-hailing have come into focus as Grab, Uber Technologies Inc. and Go-Jek capture consumer preferences with evolving business models. Of the $12 billion of capital invested in Southeast Asian internet companies since 2016, $9 billion was raised by its unicorns, or startups with more than $1 billion valuations. The region, which includes Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, raised just $1 billion in 2015.
“This shows how global and regional investors have favored the largest and most established internet companies,” the report said.
The growth is being driven by a surging number of new smartphone users. Southeast Asia will have 330 million monthly active internet users by the end of 2017 — equivalent to the size of the U.S. population — after adding more than 70 million users since 2015.
E-commerce sales of new goods will reach $10.9 billion in gross merchandise value in 2017, almost double their level in 2015, according to the report.
Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing market, which is fiercely contested by Grab, Uber and Go-Jek, is expected to double from 2015 to $5.1 billion in 2017, before reaching $20.1 billion in 2025.
“Millions of users transact and play on their platforms on a daily basis, giving them a head start as they aim to build digital payment services accepted by online and offline merchants,” the report said.
By Yoolim Lee, with assistance from Kyunghee Park; editor: Robert Fenner and Peter Elstrom.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a network devoted to superhero TV shows, it’s your lucky day.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television — the producers behind small-screen superhero favorites like The CW’s Flash, Arrow and Supergirl — are launching their own digital streaming service in 2018, designed to be a shot of pure DC Comics goodness that will be delivered direct to fans.
“Titans” will anchor the live-action and animated series slate.
Stockholm (AFP) – A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three young men to prison for gang raping a woman and livestreaming the attack on Facebook.
Reza Mohammed Ahmadi, 21, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for rape and accessory to rape, while Maysam Afshar, 18, was sentenced to one year in prison for rape, a reduced sentence because of his age.
Both are Afghan citizens who have been granted residency in Sweden.
Emil Khodagholi, a 21-year-old Swedish citizen, was sentenced to six months in prison for aggravated defamation for posting the rape on Facebook, and for failing to report it.
The men were arrested in the town of Uppsala northwest of Stockholm on January 22 after members of a closed Facebook group, which has 60,000 members, saw the attack streamed live and alerted police.
The film has since been removed from Facebook but it has been circulated on the internet.
Swedish prosecutors argued that Khodagholi had encouraged his friends, and “laughed and in close proximity filmed the incident with his mobile phone, and posted it live or very shortly after the rape on Facebook.”
All three denied committing any crime. Ahmadi and Afshar admitted having sex with the woman but said it was consensual.
Khodagholi argued he was not the only one to film the events, and claimed he was unaware the victim did not want the images to be public.
But prosecutors said the woman was “heavily drunk” and “under the influence of drugs”, which the men must have also noticed, the Uppsala district court said in a statement.
“It’s not possible for a person in such a situation to consent (to sex),” judge Nils Palbrant said in a statement.
The men were also ordered to pay damages totalling 335,000 kronor ($38,000, 34,850 euros) to the victim.
Touring around the pages of the web isn’t always the one-way street you might think it is: most sites are eager to leave a calling card or two on your local machine in the form of cookies. Here we’ll lay out what’s being saved in your browser, why it makes a difference, and what you can do about it.
Cookies and cached files
The basic job of cookies is to help a website recognize you if you come back, but what that actually means in practice varies—it might be your location (for an instant weather report), it might be your layout preferences (for a news site), or it might just be a marker that you were here three weeks ago (so the welcome message changes accordingly).
And you might be fine with that, if it means you don’t have to set your current geographical region for the umpteenth time. The trouble is, it’s not particularly easy to tell what cookies sites are leaving on your machine, and the data they store. Though Google Chrome will now show you a list, if you click on the icon to the left of the current URL.
Third-party cookies, so-called because they don’t originate from the actual site you’re on, complicate the picture further—they’re typically pushed to sites and to your computer via ads embedded in pages, and can build up a pretty comprehensive picture of your browsing habits to target adverts at you. They take the cookie concept and apply it across multiple sites and social networks, often without any explicit permission from the user or the sites in question.
Ordinarily, websites can’t read cookies other than the ones they’ve left themselves for fairly obvious security reasons, but some third-party cookies can assimilate tracking info across multiple sites, because they’re being injected into ads on multiple sites. Add in some simple detective work from the social sites you visit, and suddenly you have a marketing firm you’ve never heard of with a very good idea about who you are.
There’s also the supremely invasive supercookies. Verizon is one of the companies pushing for this kind of tracking. These cookies are inserted at the ISP level, so they don’t sit on your machine, but do identify you to sites you visit. Because they’re at the ISP and not the PC level they’re impossible to eradicate with a quick clearing of your history. After a probe from the FCC last year, Verizon’s supercookies are now opt-in and easier to manage by users.
Besides cookies, websites will also cache a small amount of data on your local drive, but this is more to do with the behavior of your browser than the site – images, for example, might get temporarily stored so they don’t have to be repeatedly reloaded. If you visit the same site more than once in a short period of time, only the new content gets loaded.
This is all usually much more convenient for users, but with the right tools, it can give anyone else who uses your computer or who controls your network an insight into your browsing habits that you’d rather they didn’t have. If you want to clean up after yourself, or deal with cookies sitting on your system, there are ways of taking back control.
Taking back control
Your browser gives you the power to block and erase cookies, should you want to. In Chrome, open Settings then click Show advanced settings and Content settings; in Firefox, open the main menu and click Options then Privacy. As for the latest version of Microsoft Edge, click Settings then Advanced settings from the app menu, and in Safari on macOS open up the Safari menu and choose Preferences then Privacy.
In all these cases you’ll see options to block third-party cookies specifically—cookies that aren’t being left by the site you’re on but by another agency in the background. In Safari, for example, the option you want is “Allow from websites I visit” to prevent any other cookies being stored.
Blocking third-party cookies is a handy default setting that—most of the time—won’t interfere with useful cookies (like site preferences) but will make it harder for companies to track you across multiple sites.
For a little extra help with your cookie management, Privacy Badger (for Chrome and Firefox) is one of the best options out there, as it attempts to intelligently block tracking cookies without fundamentally breaking the sites your visiting, which isn’t always easy. It’s particularly good at dealing with shady third-party cookies while leaving the essential first-party ones free to do their job.
Third-party cookie blocking is also supported in extensions like Adblock Plus, but remember to allow non-intrusive adverts on sites you enjoy reading and want to support—in some cases you can even allow ads to display while disabling third-party cookies, but it depends on the site.
Another option is to make use of your browser’s incognito or private mode. You start each private session with a clean, cookie-free slate, and although cookies and other files are collected while you browse, all this data is trashed as soon as the incognito mode ends. Just be sure you know what these private mode protect you against and what they don’t.
Incognito mode also empties the temporary file cache for you when you quit. To do this manually, in case you’ve browsed somewhere in regular mode you should have saved for incognito mode, head to your browser’s settings screen: choose Show advanced settings then Clear browsing data in Chrome, Advanced then Network in Firefox, Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data in Microsoft Edge, and finally Advanced, Show Develop menu and then Develop and Empty Caches in Safari for macOS.
Though they have many other benefits for security and privacy, neither HTTPS or VPN services on their own will stop cookies from appearing and tracking you. Where a VPN can help is in confusing the supercookies we mentioned earlier, should you be concerned about your broadband provider collecting more data than it should.
Cookie use and web technologies in general are evolving all the time, but you should now at least have a basic grasp of what’s being left on your computer and what you can do to stop it. If you’re going to take online privacy and security seriously though, you need to keep up-to-date with all of the ways your data is being collected and used.
Source: Gizmodo by David Nield on Field Guide, shared by Alex Cranz to Gizmodo
What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung Aduwak took charge so brilliantly, there was a similar eruption of incandescent joy. I was relieved because for about 70 days, the Big Brother Naija show was a big distraction, crass capitalism at its most cynical edge, a source of unmanageable madness in homes and on the streets. Now that it is over, it is time for some honest frank talk for the attention of all stakeholders involved.
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