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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Google Code - Updates: Speaking of Summer

Its summer time again and people are piling up for vacation especially students who are in summer breaks, but thats not a reason to be lazy because summer is also the time for Google Summer of Code 2007 where student around the world has opportunity to participate in projects to be funded by Google.

I really hope lots of students here in the Philippines would join up since IMHO we have lots of bright young minds out here just waiting for the opportunity to be recognized and bring prestige to the country.


Attention UPV Komsai Org student officers and alumni, please encourage all BS Computer Science students to join Google Code especially those who are taking up thesis work and internship this summer.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Unlimited SMS promo: Telcos may get sued for price hike?

Only here in the Philippines, the 'text' capital of the world where SMS is as basic necessity as food:

Protest banner from TxtPower (emailed)

A consumer advocacy group called TxtPower, who is determined to protect the rights of Filipino SMS users, has filed a petition on the National Telecommunications Commission last Feb 5, 2007 to stop the 100-150% increase of Globe Telecom's unlimited sms promo. To give time for TxtPower to argue its position, the NTC released a price-hike suspension order but unfortunately Globe ignored the order which promptly caused TxtPower to declare in outrage a boycott against the the said telco. Finally will NTC conduct a public hearing between TxtPower and Globe tomorrow 2 PM at its office on Quezon City to resolve the issue.

Back story:

SUN Cellular was the first to be awarded by NTC and DTI a permanent permit for its unlimited SMS promo. Later on the same permit were awarded to Globe and Smart Telecoms after they pledged to offer the same unlimited SMS promos permanently.

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