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Thai junta pressures Facebook, Line to censor online posts

The junta appointed NRSA advisory board plans to meet with managers of the two companies in the next three months, board member Major General Pisit...


Thai junta pressures Facebook, Line to censor online posts

The junta appointed NRSA advisory board plans to meet with managers of the two companies in the next three months, board member Major General Pisit Paoin Reuters.

The government has allowed court orders to remove content that the damage to the country and the monarchy and the peace and order, which firms hit rarely observed. The companies will be asked to respond rapidly in the future such decisions, he said.

Thailand junta has faced repeated criticism for which rights groups say is a deepening slide into authoritarianism since the army has the power May 2014.

The previous attempts to take with social media platforms political posts was largely ineffective, though the country thousands of blocked websites hosting lèse majesté content.

numbers of people arrested under the laws against criticism of the monarchy has also increased significantly.

Thai representatives for Facebook and Google could not be reached immediately for comment.

Thai authorities have a similar request regarding the content of January 22 to technology giants Google, which owns YouTube video sharing platform, Pisit said.

Authorities have increasingly cracked down on criticism of the junta.

A former politician of the Pheu Thai Party deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra indicted on Friday for violating the country’s Computer Crime for the part on the line a video spotted junta leader General Prayuth Chan- OCHA.

(Reporting by Pairat Temphairojana and Aukkarapon Niyomyat write by Aubrey Belford;. John Stonestreet)

Sharp considers chairman’s retirement, to scrap posts: Kyodo


Sharp considers chairman's retirement, to scrap posts: Kyodo
Japan’s Sharp Corp.

considering its President Mikio Katayama, retirement and disposal as advisory in the context of efforts to accelerate under its president, Takashi Okuda, Kyodo news agency reported Sunday. Restore the company

Sharp leading manufacturer of LCD screens in Japan, is expected in the medium term business management reveal May 14 He wants to build concentrated authority with Okuda, a new management structure for a company again told the news agency.

main creditor banks of society, Mizuho Corporate Bank and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, sought retirement Katayama because his presence has caused in the process of decision-making and retirement was seen as inevitable, Kyodo said uncertainty.

company spokesman were not available for comment.

The Yomiuri Katayama has all the creditors informed of his intention to resign.

Kyodo also said a business consultant, Katsuhiko Machida, and a special adviser, Haruo Tsuji, it was expected that these positions are retiring and the company would probably be abolished.

This month, two sources with knowledge gains Sharp told Reuters that he posted a worse than expected 500 million yen ($ 5.1 billion) net loss for the year ended March 31 panel as active plant-offs shrunk bottom line.

The company will announce on May 14

its financial results

Zynga posts smaller 4Q net loss, flat revenue


NEW YORK (AP) â?? Business online games Zynga said its loss reduced in the last quarter, although revenues largely unchanged by the company cut costs by laying off employees, closing offices and stop the older games.

results exceeded Wall Street expectations and shares offer muted Zynga Inc. rose 8 percent in after-hours trading after the publication of the results. After a difficult 2012 which Zynga its stock could fall 75 percent, CEO Mark Pincus called 2013 a “transition year hinge” for the company, which aims to further reduce costs and expand the sources of income, especially mobile games.

The San Francisco company behind “FarmVille” and “CityVille” has lost $ 48.6 million, or 6 cents per share, for the period from October to December. This compares with a loss of $ 435 million, or $ 1.22 per share in the same period a year earlier. Zynga started trading publicly on December 16, 2011, and was deprived of most quarter of 2011.


Zynga has remained largely unchanged at approximately $ 311 million . But it was well above the average analyst estimate of $ 250 million, polled by FactSet.

For the current quarter, Zynga said it expects an adjusted loss of 5 cents to 4 cents per share on revenue of $ 255 1 to 265 million. Analysts expect a loss of 1 cent per share on revenue of $ 268 million.

Zynga fourth quarter cut spending by two-thirds, to $ 274 million $ 798 million, while the demand for the games that are played mainly on Facebook, weakened. In October, the company announced that it would be about 5 percent of the full-time staff of about 3200 employees to cut. He also has 13 games old and closed development studios slain in Boston and elsewhere.

Shares rose 22 cents, or 8 percent, to $ 2.96 in after-hours trading after gaining 18 cents to close at $ 2.74 during the regular session. Zynga shares exchanged $ 2.09 to $ 15.91 in the past 52 weeks.