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Tencent says criticism of its dominance in social media is ‘groundless’ after its WeChat app blocks three rivals

With 1 billion monthly active users, WeChat has been maintaining its stranglehold on China’s social media environment.

Links to three social media apps launched on Jan 15 – Matong, Duoshan and Liaotianbao – were blocked from opening within WeChat’s browser for “containing unsafe content and receiving user complaints”, according to Tencent, prompting an immediate rebuke from the challengers. — Bloomberg

Hong Kong’s smaller businesses think ‘we’re too small to be hacked’ despite hacking experience, insurer finds

About 70% of smaller businesses surveyed said they had been hacked or had data compromised, yet only about half carry cybersecurity insurance in city named a top hacking destination, insurer Chubb reports.

Chubb surveyed 300 of Hong Kong’s small and medium sized businesses and found that seven out of 10 said they had experienced a cybersecurity incident such as hacking or data loss in the past year. — SCMP

AI fail: Japan’s Henn-na Hotel dumps ‘annoying’ robot staff, hires humans

Dinosaur receptionists are a thing of the past as Japan’s first robot hotel concludes there “are places where they are just not needed”.

The dinosaur receptionists at Japan's Henn-Na Hotel have gone extinct. — SCMP

Police search for suicidal man with gun

PHUKET (The Nation/Asia News Network): Phuket city police launched a manhunt on Tuesday night after a photo of a man pointing a gun at his head went viral on social media.

Chinese yoga student wins US$28,800 payout after leg bone snaps in gym


Shanghai court awards damages for permanent injury to woman who tried to perfect a seated pose

Mahathir’s Malaysia bans all Israeli nationals from events it hosts


Kuala Lumpur has never established formal diplomatic ties with Israel, and the Prime Minister has long been a fierce critic of the country
The ban includes July’s World Para Swimming Championships, a move criticised by the International Paralympic Committee

She had a 14-foot pet crocodile named ‘Merry’. It ate her

MINAHASA, Indonesia (AFP): An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a huge pet crocodile on the island of Sulawesi, officials said on Wednesday (Jan 16).

Woman, lover accused of killing German husband for insurance money

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): The Crime Suppression Division has arrested a Thai woman for allegedly collaborating with her Thai lover to kill her German husband for Bt10mil (1.3mil) of insurance compensation in 2006.

Three men on the run in Hong Kong after forcing victim to hand over bank card and withdrawing HK$38,000


Man, 26, says he was made to reveal his PIN in Mong Kok hotel room

Woman dies after being knocked down and trapped under school bus in Hong Kong primary school


Incident is city’s third road fatality in three days

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