itjourno top leads

03/3/05 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ITJourno Asia, the subscription-only trade site for tech journalists, cited my Gender and ICT Awards story for having one of the top nine leads of the day:

[T]his is for all the journalists out there… we need better headlines, and better first paragraphs.

If we want Slashdot, Google and Yahoo picking up our work, we need to make our first 40 words absolutely sensational.

Epitome today will not highlight some of the more boring reads around – just nine of the more clickable in our community over the past 24 hours or so.

“Dating site’s weakest link exposed”

“Over 30,000 members of the Social Development Unit (SDU) have been locked out of the matchmaker’s website, after a computer security flaw was uncovered,” wrote Chan Chi-Loong, The Straits Times.

“PCCW discounts anger clients”

“Telecommunications giant PCCW has been accused of snubbing its loyal customers by offering discounts of as much as 40 per cent exclusively to newcomers,” wrote Patsy Moy, the South China Morning Post.

“A safe ride on the wired bus”

“Parents have been receiving SMS messages that update them on their children’s whereabouts when they are on the school bus” from Aaron Tan, Digital Life, The Straits Times

(“The company declined an interview with Digital Life, citing security concerns for the students,” Tan wrote.)

“India plunges $US2.7b into rural networks”

“The Indian government has announced a 22% increase in finances for the development of telecoms services, earmarking a significant proportion of the $US2.7 billion fund for the continued rollout of rural networks,” wrote Tim Marshall, CommsDayGlobal.

“RP ICT industry urged to tackle gender issues”

“While the information and communication industry has been touted as an equal opportunity field, an organizer of the international Gender and ICT (GICT) Awards has stressed the need to examine whether ICT is actually empowering women in the Philippines,” wrote Joey Alarilla, INQ7.net.

“Thailand a sweet spot for Microsoft”

“Microsoft’s Thailand business is one of the fastest growing in Asia, with revenue growth of 36% last year and a goal to double that in three years, while it will also push web services through a partnership with the government” from Sasiwimon Boonraung, Database, The Bangkok Post

“What drives you?”

“A car is more than a box on wheels. It’s your entertainment centre. It’s a connected office and as some male friends of mine would say, ‘It’s my wife.’” from Hellen Tan, Digital Life, The Straits Times

“TOM Online Acquires Indiagames”

“Hong Kong-based, China focused mobile internet company TOM Online Inc. has announced the acquisition of Indiagames, a mobile games publisher based in Mumbai, India,” from CMPNetAsia Staff, CMPNetAsia.

“Firefox vs IE: Round two”

“Microsoft’s history tells us this much: when it set sights on a particular competitor, it usually spells doom for the targeted rival” from Ong Boon Kiat, CNETAsia.

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