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Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth

Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth
Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Announces Latest Industry Insights and Growth
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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

Most Americans don't know Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
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Most Americans don’t know Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

  1. Business Insider’s Tech 100 is out, its annual list of the 100 most influential people shaping technology in the UK today. Rockstar engineers, ambitious politicians, fearless campaigners and rising TikTok stars all made the list in 2019.
  2. Some Blizzard employees reportedly walked out to protest the punishment of a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who spoke up in support of the Hong Kong protests. About 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged the walkout, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
  3. GitHub is facing an employee backlash after its CEO defended a $200,000 contract with ICE. In response, over 150 GitHub employees, including a vice president, signed a letter asking the company to cancel the contract, the Washington Post reports.
  4. The creator of ‘Fortnite’ has said it won’t punish players for speaking out about politics, as Blizzard faces a backlash after banning a competitor for supporting the Hong Kong protests. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has said the company will not punish “Fortnite” players who choose to comment on politics or human rights.
  5. Silicon Valley is losing its war against paying tax on big-tech revenues. The OECD has floated proposals that would allow governments to tax revenues and not just profit made by the likes of Google and Facebook.
  6. YouTube got roasted by US senators as being the ‘vehicle of choice’ for Russian state-sponsored propaganda. Senators said YouTube mostly wasn’t used to spread Russian misinformation, but that it was popular with RT, Russia’s state-sponsored news outlet.
  7. Apple’s rumored smaller, cheaper iPhone could be coming sooner than expected. The new iPhone SE 2, as it’s being called, will be accompanied by the release of new iPad Pro models, according to a new report from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac.
  8. Senator Marco Rubio has asked the US government to investigate TikTok over claims it’s censoring content that might upset China. Rubio wrote on Twitter that there’s “ample and growing evidence” that TikTok censors content “in line with China’s communist government directives.”
  9. Apple is reportedly only months away from launching an iPhone accessory you wear on your head. According to a report by prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac, Apple is readying an AR headset that will likely launch in the second quarter of 2020.
  10. Most Americans don’t know Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp. A majority of US adults performed poorly on a digital knowledge quiz carried out by Pew Research, answering fewer than half of questions correctly.

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Two women charged over accepting bribe to expedite Malaysian's application to be Singapore PR

Two women charged over accepting bribe to expedite Malaysian's application to be Singapore PR

SINGAPORE - A customer service officer from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and her accomplice were taken to court on Thursday (Oct 10) for allegedly receiving a bribe to expedite the process for a Malaysian woman applying to become a Singapore permanent resident.

Singaporean Lucy Teo, 49, was accused of conspiring with another Singaporean, Sharon Loo Wai Woon, 28, to corruptly obtain $1,500 from Fenny Tey Hui Nee to speed up her PR application.

A joint statement by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said that all three women were charged in court on the same day for their alleged offences related to the case.

Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Teo and Loo face two charges each for allegedly receiving the bribe and could face a maximum punishment of five years' jail and a $100,000 fine.

Teo also faces 20 counts of unauthorised access into ICA's Central Identification and Registration Information System (CIRIS).

She had allegedly entered the system without authority a total of 20 times - 11 times to retrieve Tey's PR application status records, thrice to access a man's passport number records, and on six occasions accessed another woman's PR application status records.

These offences are punishable under the Computer Misuse Act. Teo could face a fine of up to $5,000 or be jailed for up to two years, or both, if found guilty of the offences.

The joint statement did not include information on the other two individuals whose records Teo had allegedly checked.

In response to queries, the ICA said it takes a serious view of errant officers. The agency reported Teo to the police after the case was detected through its internal checks and investigations.

Teo's role as a customer service officer involved handling public inquiries on National Registration Identity Card matters and did not involve the processing of PR applications.

The CPIB and SPF said in the statement: "Public officers are entrusted with the custody and maintenance of government systems and the data therein. They are expected to uphold the law and maintain the highest standard of conduct and integrity.

"The police will deal severely with public officers who mishandle any government systems and the data therein, including charging them in court.

 

Tey, the 24-year-old Malaysian involved in the case, faces two counts of corruptly giving the $1,500 bribe to Teo as an inducement to expedite her Singapore PR application.

This is an offence punishable with up to five years' jail and a $100,000 fine.

The authorities also reminded public officers of their duty to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and integrity.

"Singapore adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. It is a serious offence to accept or obtain bribes from another individual or entity," they said.

Tanglin actress Roz Pho fined $1,750 for drink driving

Tanglin actress Roz Pho fined $1,750 for drink driving

SINGAPORE - Actress Rosalind Pho Li Ann, who is better known as Roz Pho, downed about two glasses of white wine before going behind the wheel earlier this month.

The 36-year-old Dutch national, who appeared in television series Tanglin, was fined $1,750 on Thursday (Oct 10) after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge.

The Singapore permanent resident was also disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 15 months.

The court heard that Pho went to The Wine Company bistro in Dempsey Road at around 10pm on Oct 1 to meet friends, and consumed alcoholic beverages.

She was driving home along Holland Road towards Ulu Pandan Road at around 12.50am the next day when police stopped her car at a roadblock.

Officers found that Pho reeked of alcohol and she failed a breathalyser test.

She was later found with 47 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The prescribed limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

 
 
 

Pho, who was unrepresented in court on Thursday, pleaded for a shorter length of disqualification.

She told District Judge Lorraine Ho that her mother has eye problems and needs to be driven around.

First-time offenders convicted of drink driving can be jailed for up to six months or fined up to $5,000.

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to a year and fined up to $10,000.

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