DEMO Asia 2012: Coundown to the Launchpad


14 days to the DEMO Asia. The inaugural Asian edition of the hugely popular DEMO will happen on February 14 2012 at Matrix @Biopolis in Singapore. DEMO is one of the most popular technology showcasing events in the world. Over 70 Asian startups have been chosen to demonstrate their innovative inventions to the world. No PowerPoint, no flashy stage show, just entrepreneurs demoing their technology products. Additionally, there will be 120 companies showcasing their products at the DEMO Asia Pavilion.

In the past five years, DEMO companies have raised over $4.5 billion after their debut at DEMO. More than 50 companies have been acquired by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco, just to name a few.

The conference agenda is here. Reserve your seats today for DEMO Asia 2012. Use this Promotional Code to get 5% off your ticket: GRE67M

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Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, Chad Hurley, Jimmy Wales, et al. to U.S. Government: DO NOT Emulate These Oppressive Nations – Malaysia, China, Iran

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Malaysia is one of the three countries (the others are China and Iran) cited by the leading US Internet entrepreneurs in an Open Letter to lawmakers in Washington. The Open Letter opposes the proposed Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which US lawmakers are currently discussing.

According to the letter, both Acts threaten to “give the US Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

The signatories of the Open Letter include Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google), Jack Dorsey / Evan Williams / Biz Stone (co-founders of Twitter), Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal), Chad Hurley (co-founder of YouTube), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo!), and Pierre Omidyar (founder of e-Bay).

Sergey Brin posted on his Google+ page on why he supports the Open Letter:

In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress — SOPA and PIPA — give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

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GetToDo this here, too: Find local deals

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Over the past months, there has been a rapid emergence of various permutation of local deals startups. And GetToDo is joining the party. Still in the alpha stage, GetToDo sort of live streams deals and promotions, based on the users’ interests (what), time (when) and location (where). Essentially, it is trying to solve this problem, “What are the recommended best deals nearby me now?”

Leveraging on geolocation feature of modern browsers, the website displays latest deals in your area. You can easily change location to see deals in other places. There are two display modes – Timeline mode (a’la Plurk) and Map mode (see below images). Merchants can submit their promotions to be featured on GetToDo, for free. As of now, there is no self-service module for merchants. At this budding phase of GetToDo, the team is actively curating deals listed on the website.

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