Weekly round-up: Digital & tech Asia, September 20

Returning after a recent absence, here is my take on the key tech/internet in Asia articles between 13-19 September 2010.

Indonesia’s grassroots startup movement e27 

Koprol crosses half-million users mark e27 

BBC Hindi launches India’s first mobile site with text and audio India PR Wire


Airtel in talks with rivals for 3G partnership Total Telecom

S.Korea has more mobile phones than people: agency AFP

Indian handset makers emerge as hyper-competitive force AFP

3G delay may cost Thailand THB50bn in 2010-2011 investment – TMB Bank Total Telecom

(Singapore) Government to spend $16.1b on innovation Today Online

Mobile bank to cover every village in next 5 years: RBI The Economic Times

Facebook launches Places in Japan All Facebook

Capcom in talks to partner China online game company Business Week

Opera Software in talks with mobile handset manufacturers for browsing Business Standard

Slow start for Google in East Asia, but moving ahead IDG via PC World

Korea to begin Web address overhaul in 2011 The Korea Times

China Mobile: 4G network coming soon Shanghai Daily

Singapore should end ban on websites, let parents use filters instead, govt committee says Canadian Press

China freezes nearly 1 billion RMB in Internet gambling crackdown People’s Daily Online

China top online video sites in IPO race Reuters

India’s desire to monitor networks poses challenge for Google Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Google to launch e-book service in Japan in 2011 AFP

Indian youth to spend $9 bn on mobile Internet by 2012 Voice and Data

Asia-Pacific to Pass North America as Biggest Ad Market in 2014 Bloomberg

iPhone 4’s Taiwan debut sets local records Focus Taiwan

China gets the iPad, Wall Street Journal

From this blog last week – Jon Russell: social media and tech in Asia:


Top Indian brands on social media

Mobile key to social media growth in Vietnam

Guest post: Thai telecom law & the 3G debacle

Thailand’s 3G process on hold yet again

Online chatter, Twitter continue to grow in Asia – report

Interview: Thai media activist Supinya Klangnarong

Twitter.com’s redesign and new look (video)

Has TAT lost it with ‘medical tourism’ social media campaign?

Indian handset makers drive increased mobile internet usage