TechRadar Pro: How Singapore is turning to tech to keep tabs on its trees

TechRadar Pro: How Singapore is turning to tech to keep tabs on its trees. “In order to create more of a connection all of the two million trees are also listed online on the TreesSG online database(opens in new tab). Users can access the database to find trees near them, report any issues they might have spotted, and even email the trees to say thank you for the natural benefits they bring.” Or if you’re nearby you could just tell the tree to its bark. I mean, it isn’t going anywhere barring an unfortunate occurrence.

CNN: Singapore writes down $275 million in FTX, calls belief in Sam Bankman-Fried ‘misplaced’

CNN: Singapore writes down $275 million in FTX, calls belief in Sam Bankman-Fried ‘misplaced’. “In a statement on Thursday, state-owned investment company Temasek said it had decided to write down the value of its full investment in the exchange to zero, ‘irrespective of the outcome of FTX’s bankruptcy protection filing.’ Temasek said it had invested $275 million in the crypto exchange, which was once considered one of the biggest and most reputable players in the market for digital assets.”

From Facebook to TikTok: S’pore politicians’ latest social media battleground (Straits Times)

Straits Times: From Facebook to TikTok: S’pore politicians’ latest social media battleground. “First, Members of Parliament went on Facebook when many Singaporeans spent more time on the social networking site. In recent years, they took to Instagram. Today, they are also turning to TikTok. The Sunday Times explores the trend and allure of this social media platform.” This is an overview leading to a set of related stories.

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum celebrates pioneering digital and scientific collaboration with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum of the National University of Singapore

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum celebrates pioneering digital and scientific collaboration with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum of the National University of Singapore. “The Natural History Museum today celebrated its partnership with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore. Representatives from both parties met in the Museum’s world-renowned galleries to launch an international digitisation collaboration which will mobilise a wealth of data on the scientific, geological and environmental history of Singapore.”

ZDNet: Singapore still working on rules to tighten social media enforcement

ZDNet: Singapore still working on rules to tighten social media enforcement. “Singapore still is mulling over new rules that will, amongst others, instruct social media platforms to disable access to content it deems harmful. It will not, however, bar the use of hyperlinks in SMS or other messaging apps as doing so will not eliminate the risk of someone falling prey to phishing attacks.”

The Star (Malaysia): Social media accounts of Singapore political leaders spammed by supporters of banned Indonesian preacher

The Star (Malaysia): Social media accounts of Singapore political leaders spammed by supporters of banned Indonesian preacher. “The social media accounts of a number of political leaders and government agencies in Singapore have been spammed by supporters of an Indonesian preacher who was denied entry into Singapore on Monday, CNA has reported.”

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species. “A new islandwide initiative was launched last Friday (Apr 22) to raise awareness and understanding of Singapore’s wildlife…. To kickstart the initiative, a new website has been set up as a one-stop platform for the public to learn about the natural habitats and behaviour of the wildlife species. Members of the public can also pick up tips on what to do and avoid when encountering wildlife in various situations.”

Commentary: Why might pro-Russia disinformation about Ukraine war resonate in Singapore? (ChannelNewAsia)

ChannelNewAsia: Commentary: Why might pro-Russia disinformation about Ukraine war resonate in Singapore?. “One social media channel that has been particularly effective in amplifying Russia’s message has been Twitter, where official accounts held by Russian embassies and ministries have been found to coordinate posts and retweets to maximise the spread of disinformation. To get a sense of the spread and saliency of Russian disinformation in Southeast Asia, this article tracked two of Russia’s key disinformation narratives amongst English language tweets in two countries – Singapore and the Philippines – where English is spoken widely.”

Independent: Singapore To Reopen To Most At End Of March

Independent: Singapore To Reopen To Most At End Of March. “One minute before the end of March, Singapore will relax many of its travel restrictions for travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The city state has previously had some of the toughest coronavirus rules, but now hopes to boost its much-depleted tourism industry.”

Yahoo News Singapore: Police warn of scams involving fake bank hotlines on Google Search

Yahoo News Singapore: Police warn of scams involving fake bank hotlines on Google Search. “In these cases, the victims would search for the banks’ contact numbers via Google Search, as they wanted to seek their advice for various reasons. The scammers would post advertisements that would appear when the users search for such contact numbers. The victims would see these scam ads appearing as the first few search results, providing a fake contact number for victims to contact.”

Campaign Brief Asia: Tribal Worldwide Singapore And National Library Board Launch Curiocity To Inspire Greater Appreciation For Singapore’s Identity & Heritage

Campaign Brief Asia: Tribal Worldwide Singapore And National Library Board Launch Curiocity To Inspire Greater Appreciation For Singapore’s Identity & Heritage. “Tribal Worldwide Singapore has collaborated with the National Library Board (NLB) to launch Curiocity, an initiative designed to inspire greater appreciation for Singapore’s identity and heritage by eliciting a sense of curiosity and wonder in the hidden stories and facets of Singapore’s past. Everyone is invited to discover and engage with Singapore’s history through a series of creative installations, treasure hunts and talks for all ages, complemented by a digital storytelling website.”

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore

Straits Times: New online database details rare bird species in Singapore. “As bird-watching takes flight in Singapore, a group of 17 enthusiasts wants to tap the growing network of birdwatchers here by creating an online platform that allows people to submit their sightings of these rarities. The Singapore Birds Project last month published the first edition of its rare species database, featuring over 150 species. A rare bird is one that has been seen three times or fewer in a year, or belongs to a species that has been recorded more often but can be challenging to identify in the field.”