TC Roundup: PM tells ministers: Get on Twitter and Facebook, reach out, invite new ideas

29 May, 2014

PM tells ministers: Get on Twitter and Facebook, reach out, invite new ideas: As the first step towards fulfilling his stated objective of transparency and participation in governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all his ministers to open Twitter accounts and create Facebook pages. (The Indian Express)

IBM's Watson to get push in Asia-Pacific: International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) plans to set up two centres of excellence in Asia-Pacific to tap the region for more business for its supercomputer Watson, and scout for skilled people to implement projects. (Live Mint)

New technology to take cloud computing to next level: The ever-increasing demand for information and data storage will be the focus of a new centre for training researchers and seeking to develop innovative laser technology to take cloud computing to the next level. (The Economic Times)

Tim Cook's Memo to Apple Employees: Soon after Apple confirmed it was buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion Wednesday, CEO Tim Cook wrote a note to his employees. In it, he laid out Apple's history in music, from selling Macs to musicians to the launch of the iTunes music store. He also praised Beats Music, calling it "the first subscription service to really get it right." (The Wall Street Journal)

Here are the 5 startups fresh out of Thailand's Dtac Accelerate program: Back in March, Thai telco Dtac announced the beginning of the second running of its accelerator program, Dtac Accelerate, as well as a plan to revamp it to give it more importance within the company. Today at an event in Bangkok, the telco revealed its five finalists in the newest program. (Techinasia)

Alibaba to sink $250M into SingPost, Singapore's postal service, in an effort to clinch Southeast Asia: Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba announced today that it has purchased a 10 percent stake in SingPost, Singapore's national postal service, for S$312.5 million (about US$250 million). The two companies have also signed a "memorandum of understanding" that will allow them to enter further discussions over the formation a joint venture. (Techinasia)