A Facebook post of a fake "Uber" driver roaming the streets of Singapore and charging exorbitant prices has prompted Uber Singapore to issue an alert on this "Uber" driver.

A Amo Jov posted on Facebook that he hailed a taxi on Beach Road and a car with license plate SJT 1444Y approached him and shared that he was part of Uber.

Wrote Amo,

.. He then explain his from uber company & told us to search the net if we dont believe after that he then told us the meter fare was $3.90 upon boarding & $0.70 per km....

 ... In less than 30 mins of ride, i saw his meter shoot up to $50++. We were already on the highway. So i told him to alight us nearby where he can stop. Instead he stopped at some ulu destination around yio chu kang & told us to paid $97. Its less than 3 mins, the meter fare increase $40++. When i asked him why is the fare so expensive, he claimed that he did inform us that it $8/km. Who on earth will be so stupid, to allow someone to charge at $8/km. I didnt want to put my wife & kids in any danger as i'm afraid if i confront him longer & not pay him, he might do anything to harm them, i had no choice but to pay him the $97. ...

Uber Singapore has emailed its members to be cautious of this driver and took this opportunity to emphasis the importance of safety for both passenger and drivers.

Wrote Uber Singapore,

Please be reminded that Uber riders and partner drivers benefit from the following gold standard safety measures, designed to improve reliability and rider journeys.



 Driver Application Process
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Drivers require a Comprehensive and Commercial Insurance, a vehicle inspection, a city knowledge interview and training on the application in order to qualify.
Nobody's a Stranger
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Riders can see the driver's photo, name, rating, vehicle type and registration number when requesting a trip.
No Hailing
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The Uber app automatically pinpoints your location to provide true door-to-door service!

Share your ETA
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Once you are on a trip you can share your ETA with a friend or family member.

Always on the Map
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Uber uses a live GPS enabled map and can provide information about your trips if there is an issue.

Risk-Free Transactions
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Fares are charged automatically to the rider's credit or debit card so no cash has to exchange hands.
 
Anonymous Feedback
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After every trip, we ask you to rate your driver (anonymously), so that we can manage the standard and quality of the service.
 
Insurance
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All trips are covered by insurance.

Started a Facebook Page? Singapore Courts had ruled that that Facebook Page does not belong to you and Facebook has full ownership of it.

This issue was raised when Mr Lee Kien Meng, who owns Senatus, sued one of its previous clients, Mr Frank Cintamini, after Mr Cintami removed Senatus' administrator rights. Mr Cintamini removed Senatus after a fall out and suspecting the company of two hacking incidents.


Wrote AsiaOne,

He asked the court to declare him the owner and sole administrator of the two pages and to order Mr Cintamani to give up all rights to the pages to him. - See more at: http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/who-owns-facebook-page#sthash.xgx6V2uc.dpuf
He asked the court to declare him the owner and sole administrator of the two pages and to order Mr Cintamani to give up all rights to the pages to him.

Justice Chan Seng Onn on Tuesday upheld the lower court's decision, pointing out there are no terms in Facebook's service agreement which gives the page creator ownership rights.
Under the agreement, which all Facebook users have to sign up to, users simply "own" the content they post, but Facebook Inc owns the pages and has the power to remove them for any reason.
In this case, Justice Chan noted, Mr Lee did not claim for the contents.
- See more at: http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/who-owns-facebook-page#sthash.xgx6V2uc.dpuf
... Justice Chan Seng Onn on Tuesday upheld the lower court's decision, pointing out there are no terms in Facebook's service agreement which gives the page creator ownership rights.Under the agreement, which all Facebook users have to sign up to, users simply "own" the content they post, but Facebook Inc owns the pages and has the power to remove them for any reason.In this case, Justice Chan noted, Mr Lee did not claim for the contents.

There are a few major components in a Facebook Page - the Page itself, the Content, the Likes and the comments. If a Singapore courts have declared that the Page belongs to Facebook, how about the other three?

Let's start with the Likes.

It seems like the Likes belongs to user who liked the page and not the owner of the page. This was established in the case between BET and Stacey Mattock. a fan who created her fan page of a popular TV show.

Wrote Bloomberg Business,

James Cohn, the judge in Mattocks’s case, dismissed the idea of owning someone else’s approval. “’Liking’ a Facebook Page simply means that the user is expressing his or her enjoyment or approval of the content. At any time, moreover, the user is free to revoke the ‘like’ by clicking an ‘unlike’ button,” he wrote. “So if anyone can be deemed to own the ‘likes’ on a Page, it is the individual user responsible for them.”

So the LIKEs are off limits to the owners of the page. How about comments?

Wrote a lawyer in Quora,

Copyright only protects "original works of authorship" that have some minimal degree of creativity. Although this bar is very low, short phrases are an example of what might NOT be protectable under copyright. Slogans are often not protected by copyright (most businesses will have trademark protection for unique slogans associated with products).

 That's left with the content. In Facebook Page terms, the content do belong to the page owner but putting up the content on the Page allows Facebook to license it out.

Wrote Smart Company Australia,

In the Facebook terms (that I suspect that very few of us have ever read) it says (in very small font!) that:
  • You own all the content you put onto Facebook.
  • Any content covered by IP (intellectual property) rights you give Facebook permission to use that content as a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free worldwide license.
There are also Facebook page terms, which say that:
  • Content posted to pages is public information and is available to everyone.
What this REALLY means...
1. Any content you add to Facebook that you own is still yours – Facebook doesn't take ownership.

2. Any content that you add, even if it is trademarked, can be used by Facebook.

With more companies going into social networks, more and more such cases will arise and it is important to be aware of terms of the Facebook Page and understand the dos and don'ts early.
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@SocialPR As Featured In BBC

My #SG50ShadesOfGrey tweet was featured on BBC Trending. I famous or not?

If you think Singaporeans are straight faced and can't make a joke, guess again.

Singapore Twitterers have launch their own #SG50ShadesOfGrey hashtag. What has made this hashtag ironic was that Singapore is also celebrating its 50th anniversary with the SG50 slogan. 50 Shades of Grey have given the perfect comic relief  to those who have been jaded with SG50 celebrations though we are only into only the second month of 2015.

Here are some of my contributions.







Here are some of my favourites.



Here is a nerd favourite 50 Shades of Grey.

This literal interpretation.

Happy 10th Birthday Youtube

Youtube turned 10 on 14 February 2015 and the online video site has become a mainstream of today's internet.

Before Youtube, I could remember businesses trying to load up videos into their website. Space wasn't the biggest issue, it was bandwidth. These business had to spend money budgeted for bandwidth and it could never be used at all.

Even when the bandwidth issue is solved, businesses need to think of how to embed it on their websites.

With Youtube, all businesses need is to focus on the content. Storage space, bandwidth and how to embed the video is no longer an issue.

Youtube has also benefited the end-users. Youtube converted end-users to content creators and they now have a medium to put their ideas into video, into cyberspace, to reach out to their own audience.

Below is the first video uploaded on Youtube.



GANGNAM STYLE has become one of the most watched video on Youtube. It became so popular that it broke the Youtube counters.



You know Youtube has grown up when its content creators can now even have the opportunity to interview President Obama.



So happy birthday, Youtube!



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