WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg holds successful Manila visit

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg recently came to Manila for the WordPress Community Meet-up in Manila attended by bloggers, developers, designers, and enthusiasts of the world’s most popular web publishing platform. Globe Telecom and the Philippine WordPress community led by entrepreneur and president of the Davao Bloggers Society Andrew dela Serna organized and hosted Mullenweg’s third visit to the country. At The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, the official meet-up venue, over 120 members of the local WordPress community gathered to learn more about Mullenweg’s expertise on web technology and online publishing, including his philosophy of giving more people access to publishing and blogging through the use of an open-source software. Mullenweg first visited the country in 2008 for the same speaking engagement, and has since seen the growth of the local WordPress community. His recent visit is his third trip to the Philippines, which was one of the first countries to adopt WordPress. To date, WordPress is powering 22% of websites all over the world. Asked about his partnership with Globe Telecom, Mullenweg shares, “Globe saw an opportunity as they’re bringing lots of people online, and which is very complimentary with WordPress’ mission, which is to democratize publishing. Globe is doing some amazing things locally by bringing more people on data plans and connecting them to the Internet.” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto adds, “With our participation to the WordPress Community Meet-up, we gain deeper understanding about online platforms and best ways to interact with our digital consumers, as we commit to providing them offers that cater to their digital and fast-paced lifestyle.” Matt...

NTC bars 2 firms from sending spam messages to Globe customers

The National Telecommunications Commission ordered Caritas Health Shield, Inc. and Center for Global Best Practices to immediately stop sending spam messages to customers of Globe Telecom. The order is expected to provide respite to Globe consumers who constantly receive annoying spam messages. The order is stipulated in show-cause orders issued by NTC against Caritas and CGBP, relating to separate complaints filed by Globe Telecom against the two companies whose agents and employees are involved in sending unsolicited promotional text messages to Globe mobile customers. The legal action taken by the telecommunications provider against Caritas and CGBP is in line with the telco company’s intensified campaign to combat text spam, prompted by constant customer service complaints on the issue. Globe specifically asked the regulatory body to order Caritas, a health insurance company, and CGBP, which offers various training and seminar courses, the payment of appropriate fines and penalties for sending annoying text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar Caritas and CGBP, its agents and employees from sending spam texts to Globe customers. The regulatory body also ordered the two companies to appear before the commission on July 15 and to explain in writing within 15 days from receipt of the order why it should not be administratively sanctioned for such violation. “The NTC directive should provide some breathing space for Globe customers who constantly receive annoying spam messages. Globe will continue to exercise all legal means possible to ease the burden inflicted on our customers by companies that employ text spamming as a marketing strategy. Such companies should be forewarned that similar complaints will...

Auza.Net Develops Android version of Bohol.Info App

Auza.Net software developers officially starts developing the Android version of the Bohol.Info mobile app last week. In the past several weeks, the software team developed the iOS version of the mobile app which is already in review by the App Store. The challenging development work is expected to be completed by early July in time for the official release towards the end of July. Business owners are encouraged to register on www.bohol.info and claim their business listing if already posted or create a new listing for free. At present the website includes about 6,000 entries with 377 tourism spots, 34 ATM sites, 79 Roman Catholic churches and chapels, 73 high schools, 127 bakeries and a lot more. Premium placements of listings may also be requested at a reasonable annual fee if the business owners want additional exposure on the website and on the mobile app. Auza.Net is also currently negotiating for various media and advertising exposures in the coming weeks to help encourage users on the website and create awareness for the release of the mobile app. Sponsorship and premium placement opportunities are available and for inquiries, please contact Auza.Net at info@auza.net or at +639176220225 or +63385017931 (Monday to Friday, 9AM to...

Auza.Net Nears Completion of Bohol.Info Mobile App

Auza.Net software developers and content specialists are nearing completion of the Bohol.Info mobile app which is planned for release in July 2014. The mobile app complements the Bohol.Info website by providing mobile users a convenient and fast way of searching for contact information of businesses in Bohol. The whole team was busy finalizing the mobile app and its contents during the weekend. The company aims to submit the mobile app to the Apple AppStore before the end of June. The Android version development will immediately follow after submission to the AppStore. The company’s push into mobile development will create additional opportunities for Bohol businesses to gain market exposure and become easier to contact by potential customers who depend on their mobile devices for information. Business owners are encouraged to register for free their complete business information at the www.bohol.info website. All businesses that have at least one valid telephone number will get included in the mobile app. Businesses that would like to get premium exposure on the mobile app and the website may take advantage of sponsorship opportunities that puts their business information ahead of other companies. To inquire about sponsorship, please send email to info@auza.net or call +639176220225 or +63385100611 or...

Globe Telecom steps up anti-spam campaign; makes it easier for customers to report text spams

Globe Telecom is stepping up its campaign versus text spams by making it easier for its customers to report such annoying messages. The move is part of the telecommunication provider’s most aggressive initiative so far to address proliferation of spam and scam messages. The telecommunications provider has made available on a Globe web page a channel through which its customers can report text spams and text scams alike. Customers simply have to go to http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all the details required. Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service. “We are paving the easiest way possible for our customers to report text spams in line with the company’s efforts to eliminate unwanted and unsolicited promotional text messages that many of our customers complain about. We believe that partnering with our customers in this endeavor would render our campaign more effective,” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto said. Crisanto emphasized Globe will continue to pursue its commitment in going after companies that engage in marketing activities thru text spamming. “The recent filing of complaint against two companies that persistently make use of text spamming as a marketing tool is just an example of the extent we will go to address the issue,” she stressed. As part of its intensified campaign to stop text spams, Globe recently filed before the National Telecommunications Commission complaints versus two companies whose agents keep on sending unsolicited promotional text messages to its customers. In separate complaints, Globe specifically asked the regulatory body...