CNN: Google and Apple’s next regulatory headaches are looming across the Pacific

CNN: Google and Apple’s next regulatory headaches are looming across the Pacific. “Google and Apple are catching heat for their app store and payments practices in Asia Pacific. Less than a week after Apple said it would allow App Store developers to promote alternative payment methods to their users, South Korea is poised to end restrictions that critics say harm competition. And Australia is piling on the pressure by floating reforms for how to tackle payment systems provided by Apple and Google.”

BusinessWorld: UN ESCAP launches risk and resilience database for Asia Pacific

BusinessWorld: UN ESCAP launches risk and resilience database for Asia Pacific. “THE UN ECONOMIC and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced the launch of an online portal to track various hazard hotspots as well as climate adaptation efforts across the Asia Pacific region, featuring up-to-date information from over 50 countries including the Philippines.”

UNAIDS: New website with COVID-19 related resources for young key populations and young people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific

UNAIDS: New website with COVID-19 related resources for young key populations and young poeple living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific. “The aim of the website is to gather and bring together available information and guidance on COVID-19 focusing on young key populations (YKPs) and young people living with HIV (PLHIV) from Asia and the Pacific. The platform will serve as an online resource to document and communicate on the challenges YKPs face due to COVID-19 as well as their approaches in identifying gaps and solutions in their response to COVID-19.”

The Rappler: How Asia Pacific publishers push back vs Google, Facebook

The Rappler: How Asia Pacific publishers push back vs Google, Facebook. “Publishers created several country-wide and regional associations or consortia, where members pool their audiences into one large audience to rival tech giants’ reach and scale in their respective nations. These cooperatives, through a platform, also offer a one-stop-shop for advertisers. They also offer advertisers access to their audiences at just a few price points. Instead of seeking Google’s assistance to sell their content, these publishers can directly deal with advertisers.”