Jon covered this in the newsletter – http://atr.asiatechreview.com/issues/asia-tech-review-11-november-2019-209768
One of the video pirate sites was shut down.
Police Shut Down Thailand’s Most Popular Pirate Site Following Hollywood Request – TorrentFreak
What I am always surprised is how this is allowed to keep running – and it makes money too.
One trick they employ is you can’t see it in Thailand.
If what Gates did was illegal what about all the other big tech companies?
What Is a Billionaire?
This year marks my 20th in Asia. Yeah – I’m old.
In 1999 I started a short term stint in Hong Kong working for BEA Systems (bought by Oracle). Originally I was with WebLogic which was bought by BEA. See how that works? I assumed maybe a few years to learn about Asia, study Chinese and then get back to California. Right…
I did 4 plus years in Hong Kong, spent some time in Beijing, moved to Bangkok for 5 years and then found myself in Singapore.
During my BEA years I would travel weekly in Asia and would find myself in Singapore every other month or so. I will admit then to not really liking it but hey, I was living in Hong Kong and at that time of my life it would be tough to beat Hong Kong.
However now I find myself much older, raising a family and want to focus on my career. For all of those goals, I find Singapore tough to beat. My kids are in the public schools, I am a PR (ogling to be a citizen), and the tech scene here is awesome.
I imagine I will be here for many more years and then maybe somewhere else in the world that I have never lived in.
For now though, Singapore is home and I dig it.
The link below is a pretty good read for stuff to do and see if you have not been to Singapore much or didn’t know about these places.
A local’s guide to Singapore – The Washington Post
Interesting – Ben makes the case that FB is right to continue taking political ads.
Tough one. I am on the fence but do agree that the bigger problem is FB’s overall lack of accountability in general.
Tech and Liberty – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Feels like a targeted closure to me.
Went there a few times over the years and was nice to have a complete English bookstore.
Beijing expats mourn closure of beloved cafe and bookstore – Inkstone
You read all this stuff about how impressive the Chinese Railways are but yet they lose tons of money.
I get that these are large infrastructure projects that wouldn’t be paid back over years but I also wonder if a lot of it is due to inefficiencies and poor management.
Most high-speed railway lines in China are losing money – Inkstone
Interesting and I often wonder if Disney should have been allowed to buy so many media companies.
It’s Time to Break Up Disney: Part One