KUALA LUMPUR - SEARCH engine Google said on Wednesday it will open a Malaysian office, its second in South-east Asia, following significant growth in Internet usage in the country.
Google South-east Asia chief Julian Persaud said Malaysia has one of the 'highest percentages of usage of Google's Web browser, Chrome, in Asia Pacific' together with 17 million Internet users from a population of 27 million.
'The online environment in Malaysia is growing rapidly, with significant developments in both broadband Internet access and e-commerce activities,' he told reporters.
'We are pleased to establish our newest operations in Kuala Lumpur, where we can draw from the highest quality local talent to further help users find the information they're looking for,' he added.
Mr Persaud said Google was targeting small and medium enterprises in Malaysia with its 'search and display' services, aimed at helping them reach new markets.
He said the Malaysian operations, set up four years after the creation of Google's first South-east Asian office in Singapore, would customise products such as Google Maps, Google News and Google Translate for the local market. Google said it will hire a record number of people this year, taking on more than 6,000 workers worldwide. -- AFP
MANILA - MUSLIM terrorists from the remote southern Philippines may have been behind a bus bomb attack in the nation's financial hub that killed five people, authorities said on Wednesday.
A mortar shell triggered by a mobile phone led to Tuesday's explosion that ripped apart a bus travelling along one of Manila's main roads, the city's police chief and President Benigno Aquino's national security adviser said.
KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia) - OFFICIALS say Malaysia has released about 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue fever.
The field test is meant to pave the way for the official use of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti male mosquitoes to mate with females and produce offspring with shorter lives, thus curtailing the population. Only female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread dengue fever, which killed 134 people in Malaysia last year.
PETALING JAYA - A VIDEO of a man abusing a dog has sparked a heated response from canine lovers on social networking site Facebook and triggered a nationwide hunt for him.
In the widely-circulated video, the unidentified man, believed to be a Malaysian, is seen using brutal force on a poodle in his attempt to get the dog to stand up on its hind legs.
ONE-YEAR-OLD Shalom is 2011's first victim of love lost. He was found abandoned by his owners in a church and was rescued by House Rabbit Society Singapore (HRSS).
Being left outside has caused the white bunny to develop fur mites and he had to be isolated from the other rabbits.
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AN UNEMPLOYED man who stabbed a cabby in the neck was jailed for 30 months on Wednesday.
Community Court judge Ng Peng Hong told K. Mohan that he had not ordered caning because of the latter's mental condition. The 49-year-old, who is suffering from schizophrenia, had earlier admitted to voluntarily causing hurt to Mr Ngoh Chin Boon, 33, with a knife at the void deck of Block 26 Sin Ming Industrial Sector A on Aug 1, 2009. As a result of the attack, Mr Ngoh has lost his voice.
TOTAL manufacturing output grew 9 per cent year-on-year in December 2010, led mainly by the precision engineering and chemicals clusters, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) revealed on Wednesday.
Excluding biomedical manufacturing, output grew 10.8 per cent. On a three-month moving average basis, manufacturing output in December 2010 increased 25.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2009. For the whole of 2010, manufacturing output expanded 29.7 per cent.
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