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About John Sylvester

John Sylvester is the owner of www.seo-bangkok.net, a search engine optimization company based in Bangkok, Thailand, covering copywriting, article and PDF production, infographics, and managing social media and bookmarking to produce measurable, results-driven positioning strategies for their clients.

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China’s data mining activities last month provoked fierce opposition from Google executives. Since then there has been silence, but China’s banning of Western social media whilst pursuing its own, is an isolated agenda that is hopelessly flawed. Since the “Great Mexican Standoff” between Google and China appeared in the Press last month, Google is still […]

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Steve Jobs, Apple Inc’s visionary CEO, may not be in the same league as Moses, but he has the potential to solve the current media crisis with Apple’s most innovative development:  the iPad. But is it a Tablet delivered from on high or a dud? The almost religious delirium expressed by the self-appointed high priests […]

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With the infiltration of Google customers’ email accounts, allegedly from the Chinese authorities in search of information on human rights activists, Google said it would pull out of China. But doesn’t Google employ the same data mining surveillance services itself? David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, announced on its official blog last week, there is […]

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Not to be out-manoeuvred by its search rivals, Google has announced its very own “Real Time Search”, which will focus on social, mobile and real time. This is due to be rolled out over their search engines very soon. For a quick peek into its usefulness, I took a look at the Copenhagen Climate Summit […]

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The Phoney War, also referred to as the Twilight War by Winston Churchill, was the description given to first few months in World War II following the German invasion of Poland, marked by a lack of military operations in Europe. The same could perhaps be said of News Corp in 2009. Only last week we […]

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It is now becoming apparent that Tim O’Reilly’s vision of the web being “One Ring to Rule Them All” and “Small Pieces Loosely Joined”, is coming apart at the seams as the big media company News Corp and Microsoft join hands to threaten Google and, in turn, Web 2.0 itself. In “O’Reilly: The Web is […]

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Last night my friend was again giving me a ticking off for not having looked at his beloved TED website. Today, though, I did. The videos on its home page display an array of interesting subjects, but the one that caught my eye was Stefana Broadbent’s discussion on the universal use of IM, texting, Facebook […]

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Following all the shenanigans of late about News Corp threatening to put their content behind paywalls and blocking Google from using its content, the last few days have seen them courting Microsoft in a deal where their content would only be found on Bing. According a story in weblogs.hitwise.com, the two companies are in negotiations […]

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Has the day come when the undermining of online free speech and action at last arrived? If so, should we not be hotly debating underlying political interference on what we do online? And what about the motives: are they being enacted as a direct result of murky personal business interests which are being supported by […]

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In Britain, all internet service providers will soon be required to keep records for a year of every customer’s personal communications: in other words, and to paraphrase Sting, every phone call you take, every text message you make, every email and website visit you thought opaque, they’ll be watching you. Britain is fast becoming the […]

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Rupert Murdoch said that although initially he fully intended to lock his news up behind paywalls from the end of the company’s financial year, ending in June 2010, “I wouldn’t promise that we’re going to meet that date.”

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Personally, I use Twitter as a business tool and only tweet stories I write associated with the web. It seems to make little difference commercially, but I continue regardless. So why does a highly intelligent and talented man like Stephen Fry, who recently and publicly declared he was quitting Twitter due to a lame remark that he was “boring”, leaving his near-million followers bewildered and angry, tweet as he does?

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In a spin-off to the ongoing saga to restrict access to newspaper publishing on the web, Lord Mandelson, the British business secretary, set April 2011 as the start date in a campaign to block and criminalise illegal online filesharing in the UK. In all honesty, it is fair enough that people should pay for what […]

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It was an unusual choice of venue given the stance of the country’s censors, but it didn’t stop News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch and AP chief executive Tom Curley from issuing blistering attacks on the search engines at the World Media Summit in Beijing, describing them as “plagiarists” and “kleptomaniacs”. Yesterday’s news providers may have a […]

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For over ten years now, when publishers first started to put their content online for free, there has been an almost continuous and fractious chorus of discontent about “giving news away for free”. Now, just as online advertising revenues have overtaken television in the UK, it seems as if this thorny issue has come to […]

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