Selina Wang

Recent and archived articles by Selina Wang

17 May 2019 | 10:00 AM

How Twitter became ubiquitous in Japan

When Yu Sasamoto joined Twitter Inc as head of Japan in 2014, he looked at the revenue figures for the country and thought, “This is a little bit small.”

25 Apr 2019 | 12:42 PM

Facebook surges after sales beat estimates

Facebook Inc’s shares surged in late trading after the largest social-media company posted robust quarterly sales growth and signalled it may be close to resolving a US privacy investigation, easing investor concerns about the impact of regulatory threats.

17 Apr 2019 | 5:53 PM

Snap is projected to lose users in the US for the first time

Snap Inc’s photo-sharing app Snapchat will lose users in the US for the first time this year, suggesting the company’s latest efforts to broaden its audience with new features like gaming won’t revive growth in the short-term.

Emarketer pointed toward fans’ lingering dissatisfaction with a redesign of the app and significantly lowered its projections from those made six months ago, predicting that Snap’s user growth will level off in 2020. — TNS
4 Apr 2019 | 6:09 PM

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey adds his voice to support of regulation in tech

Twitter Inc chief executive officer Jack Dorsey said rules like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation have had a positive impact on the technology industry, remarks that come days after Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for stepped up government oversight of social media platforms.

“Generally I think regulation is a good thing,” Dorsey said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg in Toronto. — Bloomberg
14 Mar 2019 | 1:25 PM

Twitter rolls out Snapchat-like camera feature, experimental app

Twitter Inc is rolling out a Snapchat-like camera feature that lets users post videos or photos in a swipe, as the social-media company experiments with changes and new products to persuade more people to join the service.

The update allows users to more easily access the service’s existing camera, encouraging them to show nearby events in real time, whether its breaking news, a sporting game, or a festival. — Bloomberg
8 Jan 2019 | 8:32 PM

Logging in to a US bank account is now a US$3bil business

When you link your checking account to Venmo or use it to buy Bitcoins, a startup called Plaid Inc is likely facilitating the connection with your bank.

Plaid was the subject of a bidding war among venture capitalists and at least one tech company, ultimately resulting in a US$250mil (RM1.02bil) investment last month. — AFP Relaxnews
20 Dec 2018 | 9:00 AM

The dark realities women face driving for Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft have been hailed as economic saviours, offering flexible work for mothers juggling childcare responsibilities. While the quick pay and autonomous work have drawn people in, many women who drive for Uber and Lyft say they frequently encounter harassment or assault.

Uber and Lyft allow drivers to report incidents in the app or through a 24/7 call line. They’ve also recently added new safety features to the platforms. — AP
13 Nov 2018 | 3:30 PM

Facebook’s secret weapon for fighting election interference: the US government

Facebook Inc had one major victory in the US midterm elections: securing help from the government to keep foreign influence campaigns at bay.

Communication lines have started to open between Facebook and federal agencies including the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the company. — Reuters
22 Oct 2018 | 5:03 PM

Russia-linked bots used US startups to meddle in election

Operatives behind Russian-linked bots used tools from US startups, including IFTTT Inc, to supercharge social-media misinformation campaigns and meddle in elections.

The data Twitter released are made up of 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, 770 other accounts potentially based in Iran, as well as 10 million tweets and more than 2 million images, videos and other media. — Reuters
17 Aug 2018 | 1:54 PM

Tencent slump shows what happens when Beijing flips the switch

China long celebrated Tencent Holdings Ltd as a national champion. Now, the tech giant is getting a taste of what it’s like to be on the other side of government patronage.

What the Chinese government giveth, the Chinese government can also taketh away. — Bloomberg