We now know where Buzzfeed sources its content!


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Buzzfeed is all the buzz because of the gazillion stories that they push out out social media that go viral. Even more established news sites have been trying out the click bait stories. And new websites that are trying the emulate the Buzzfeed content have been sprouting like mushrooms.

I have always wondered where, or more specifically how, Buzzfeed sourced all of the ‘news’ items that they highlight. And the answer is now revealed!

The website Priceonomics.com conducted some research and found out that Tumblr is the main source for Buzzfeed’s news content, followed by Instagram, Getty and YouTube. So I guess that’s what the whole Buzzfeed team does on a daily basis… scour Tumblr!

Head on to Priceonomics.com to read about the data in more detail.

I’m Malay – can I succeed outside of Malaysia?


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I’m Malay – can I succeed outside of Malaysia?
By Zan Azlee

I’m a fiercely independent person. I like to be my own man and if I do anything, I like to believe that I did it on my own, because of my own capabilities and skills.

And that is the reason why I don’t play golf as a recreational sport. It’s because golf has a handicap system where people who are bad will be able to compete with even the best of them.

I believe that you have to work hard from wherever you are to be among the best and if you don’t, then you are not deserving to be among the best.

For example, when I first started working after graduating from university, my parents wanted to buy me a car. At first, I said okay and I got a car from them.

But then, I started feeling embarrassed driving it because, here I am, a grown up adult with a job, driving around in a car that my mummy and daddy gave me.

So I decided that I had to pay for it myself. I immediately took over the car loan that was under my mother’s name and serviced the instalments myself. I am my own man.

That’s why Dina Zaman’s latest article titled ‘Unappreciated in my own country’ where she talks about Malay professionals who moved away from Malaysia to ply their trade resonates with me.

They wanted to do well outside and be recognised for their capabilities and skills rather than because they were born of a certain race or the connections that they had.

Thinking back, the issue that Dina discusses in her column was one of the influencing factors why I decided to pursue my postgraduate degree overseas.

I wanted to see if I could hack it outside after graduating from a local public university in Malaysia. And I did it with flying colours.

I know my complaint might seem a tad ‘first-world’. But hear me out. I want to prove that I can do things on my own and not because I am of a particular race living in Malaysia.

When I wanted to pay for my own car, it was because it hurt my pride to think that people might be saying, “Oh, his parents bought it for him. No wonder!”.

And when I graduated from local university with my first degree, it also hurt my pride to think that people might be saying that, “Oh, he graduated from a public university. No wonder!”.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a big believer and advocate of inclusivity from the socio-economic point of view. We need to have social and economic fairness.

Those who are financially and economically less privileged need to be assisted so they can be on equal footing with the rest and so that social mobility is possible.

But it should be based on on the right criterias, and definitely not on race. Affirmative action should be in place for the less privileged all around and not just for the Malays.

Sometimes, I too do feel like moving overseas and seeing if I could actually thrive in my profession outside of Malaysia and not have this affirmative action issue over my head.

But thoughts like this make me nervous. What if it is true that I am in whatever position I am in now because of affirmative action?

What if my thoughts of people saying, “Of course Zan can do all this in Malaysia. No wonder!”, are true? What if these people are right and if I ply my profession outside, I might not make it?

Well, this is the exact mentality that we need to kill – I need to kill – so that my children will not be affected by it like how I am being affected by it.

Enough time has passed that Malays don’t need the crutches that have been helping them stand up all this while. It’s time to let them stand on their own.

Just like the game of golf, once you move out of the amateur zone and become a professional, all handicaps are done away with and it solely depends on how good you are.

And if I do play golf, I would much rather be playing it professionally.

[This article appeared originally at The Malaysian Insider]""

Facebook plans to monetize video and share ad revenue with content creators


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Facebook wants to monetize video… like YouTube! According to how the deal will work out, content creators will get 55% of ad revenue will Facebook will get 45%. And they are starting it with a handful of partners only which includes  Funny or Die, Fox Sports and the NBA (this sounds like how they tested out Instant Articles… which is now similar too being dead).

They will have pre-roll ads similar to YouTube, but not exactly because Facebook autoplays videos in silent mode. And they also have this product called ‘Suggested Videos’ where ads will be playing in between different videos that a user clicks on. Actually, its just a bit confusing for now.

But Facebook is banking on the fact that video will become a very significant revenue contributor. They are right. Video is very popular on the Internet, especially for mobile. But whether it will benefit them is left to be seen.

Read about this in more detail at Fortune.com.

Taxi drivers, stop complaining and improve your service


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Taxi drivers, stop complaining and improve your service
By Zan Azlee

The spat between taxi drivers and services like Uber and GrabCar sounds very similar like siblings who fight because they are jealous of each other.

Let me explain a little bit by what I mean. Although I drive a car, almost half of the time, I like to take public transportation. And this includes taxis.

I used to call those phone numbers where you can book a taxi to come pick you up wherever you are. They will usually call you back once they find a driver that can pick you up.

It works – maybe 30 percent of the time. The majority of the time, they either don’t call you back or when they do, it’s just to tell you that there are no drivers in your vicinity.

Then MyTeksi came about. I tried downloading the app on my smartphone and it immediately became my go to service whenever I needed a taxi.

The response time is immediate and the app even shows you all the drivers in your vicinity. You can also directly contact the driver and you get to track how far he is from you.

I totally ditched those phone numbers that I used to call for taxis. You see, as a consumer, I chose the most convenient and reliable service to use.

And then after about a year of using MyTeksi for all my taxi needs, Uber started making an appearance in Malaysia. I resisted at first because I was comfortable with MyTeksi.

But after a trip to the United States, where I had the opportunity to try out Uber, I decided to make the switch now that I’m back in Malaysia.

There are reasons why I choose  Uber over MyTeksi. Among them are that the drivers are more polite, the cars are cleaner and more comfortable, the rates are cheaper, and you don’t need cash.

Let me remind you again that for me, as a consumer, I choose the most convenient and reliable service to use. That is of the main concern, not just for me, but for many others.

So for taxi drivers to protest over newer services like Uber and GrabCar (I haven’t tried it yet), it just reminds me of a spoilt only child crying because he now has a new baby brother.

Instead of crying to the authorities to ban Uber and GrabCar, maybe it would be a much better idea for taxi drivers to take a step back and look at themselves.

Think about it. Even the authorities aren’t sure what they can do about it.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar was reported to have ‘acknowledged that Uber and GrabCar are legal as service-matching businesses, but the manner they operate is not’.

My suggestion for taxi drivers is to quit complaining and start improving their services. Beat the competition. That is how you win in business.

It only takes a bit of healthy competition to improve things across the board. And always keep in mind the needs of the consumers.

 

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 15) – Jurassic World


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 15) – Jurassic World

The Fat Bidin Film Club discuss that latest instalment of that ‘awesome’ large dinosaur franchise… Jurassic World. But they mainly harp about how Ron Howard could have produce such a beautiful creature like Bryce Dallas Howard.

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