The Now/ledge

A Guide to the 'Now' Revolution in News / by Alan Soon

About the author

Alan Soon left a 15-year career in traditional media in 2009 to join the bright lights of the online world. At Yahoo!, he found a fast-changing landcape of editorial practices as well as business models.

As Managing Editor for Southeast Asia, Alan is reponsible for the overall editorial integrity of five key and diverse markets across the region which includes the developed markets of Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the emerging giants of Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

Alan is also responsible for driving partnerships with media companies and bloggers in these markets, pulling together the strengths of old and new media in exciting ways, while riding the surge in social networks.

Alan has worked across media — radio, TV, newswires, magazines — and various cities in the Asia Pacific. He started out as an army radio reporter in Singapore and has worked at Star TV in Hong Kong, Bloomberg and Kyodo News in Tokyo, and most recently as a senior producer at CNBC in Singapore.

When he isn’t worrying about the changing business of journalism, Alan spends his time immersed in photography, desperately trying to remain a faithful user of black-and-white film and darkroom chemistry.

Alan wrote his master’s dissertation on Sino-U.S. relations under the Clinton administration for the Asia Pacific program at the University of Leeds. He also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

The views expressed in this blog are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of Yahoo!.

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2 Responses

  1. Darren Bryant says:

    Hi Alan. Here’s a question for you. I seem to recall that Microsoft was sued for bundling only IE into its OS. So, is Apple open to a similar suit for permitting only Safari on iphone / touch / ipad?

  2. Alan Soon says:

    I think the Microsoft case was very different since the prosecution was able to identify the company as monopolistic (given its 80%-or-so reach on desktop PCs).

    For an antitrust suit to work against Apple, one would have to make a similar accusation of monopolistic practices. Despite the prevalence of iPhones and Touches, I don’t think Apple can be successfully described as “dominant” in the mobile business.

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