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Come and read my blog

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:48:00 +0000

Reading My E-commerce blog is an anodyne makes you feel good. This blog contains the latest updates and development on e-commerce and Internet related development and information meant for sharing with my readers.

Among the interesting topics are e-commerce business models, e-government, Internet security, ethical issues, e-tailing and many more categories. There will be more categories or topics to be added in the blog such as social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook related news, e-learning applications and many more.

Another discussion topic is the E-Commerce revenue models which specifically describe different techniques used in generating income from the publisher's websites. As the e-commerce progress, the traditional revenue model of sales is expanded to more variety of revenue options and e-commerce business model. Among the revenue models are sales, advertisment fees, affiliate fees, subscription fees and transaction fees.

During one of the trimester, I actually designed an assignment which required my students to produce blogs on topics related to e-commerce.The main purpose of the blogging assignment is to introduce the blogging culture among my students and at the same time trying to see whether the application of the blogging assignment will helps them to enhance their understanding on learning the subject of E-Commerce. All together there are 120 blogs being created (99 from accounting majors and 21 from entrepreneurship majors).





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SMS spammers fined almost RM50 million (A$ 15.75 mil)

Sat, 24 Oct 2009 05:51:00 +0000

In the first court action taken by Australian Communication and Media Authority against unsolicited SMS messages, 2 companies and 3 individuals were fined with a total of A$15.75mil (RM49.14mil) for contravening the Spam Act. Published: Saturday October 24, 2009 (TheStar.com) Spammers fined massive RM49.14mil MELBOURNE: Two companies and three individuals have been hit with penalties totalling A$15.75mil (RM49.14mil) for contravening the Spam Act, the first court action taken against unsolicited SMS messages. The fines were handed down in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Friday. Mobilegate Ltd and Winning Bid Pty Ltd were found to have contravened the Spam Act and the Trade Practices Act 1974 in August 2009, the Australian Associated Press reports. Three individuals former Winning Bid director Simon Anthony Owen, current Mobilegate director Tarek Andreas Salcedo and Winning Bid employee Glenn Christopher Maughan were also found responsible for the breaches. The case was the first court action taken by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) against unsolicited SMS messages. ACMA acting chairman Chris Cheah said it was a significant outcome for all mobile phone users. "The maximum penalties provided for under the Spam Act are very high," he said. "The substantial penalties imposed by the court in this case show that spam will not be tolerated in Australia." - Bernama Other posts related to online scams, cheatings and legal issues are:Online beauty product fraudAnother spammer gets jailedAnother SMS scamNew SMS scam2 more Internet scam sites blocked by SCCrackdown on Internet scam in Malaysia - 6 sites blockedSpam king arrested!Spam - Firm ordered to pay £750Internet Banking scam in Malaysia: 13 youth nabbed [...]



Micro posts - 23 Oct 2009

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:09:00 +0000

  1. Mattel, world famous toy maker, launches its own e-commerce website, MattelShop.com, offering a selection of its popular brands along with social shopping features. Read here for the story - Mattel Launches Ecommerce Website (Source: WebProNews)
  2. Amazon.com recorded 69% surge in profit for the third quarter this year, mainly from the sales of its e-reader, Kindle, its no.1 bestselling item in term of unit sales and dollar. Read more from here - Amazon profit surges 69% (Source: CNN Money.com)
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The future of shopping, especially buying clothes

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:32:00 +0000

An interesting video clip. Enjoy.

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Online beauty product fraud

Tue, 09 Jun 2009 01:44:00 +0000

The Star reported that at least 66 people were cheated almost RM73,445 when they performed online purchases of skincare products such as facial and eye masks with "BigPussyCat" website.

These people were tempted by the cheaper prices of the products offered as compared to the market rate or over the shelves.

Read the full news below - Source: The Star, 9 June 2009.

Tuesday June 9, 2009



Online beauty products deal turns ugly for 66


KUALA LUMPUR: At least 66 people paid the price for their ignorance when they were cheated of their money after making Internet purchases of skincare products from someone named “Big Pussycat.”

The victims made online transfers amounting to RM73,445.10 for the products which came under names such as “My Beauty” and “My Sherman Beauty” that had been advertised on “Big Pussycat’s.” website

These products included facial and eye masks.

Salesman Chong Wei Lun, 29, made purchases totalling RM2,910 for his girlfriend on May 4 but the products never arrived.

“The price of the items was cheaper than those off the shelf,” he said as he explained why he was lured by the advertisement.

Chong was one of the 11 dissatisfied customers who turned to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong to voice their grievance.

At a press conference yesterday, another victim Winnie Tan, 20, said she discovered that she had been ripped off only after her friends told her to do a more thorough check on the advertisement.

She saw website postings warning people that the sale of the skincare line was not genuine.

Michael Chong advised the public, especially young people, to be more cautious when buying goods featured on the Internet, adding that he would submit all the complaints to the police.

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Free iPhone for University students...to catch truants

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 01:19:00 +0000

(image) A prestigious Japanese university, Aoyama Gakuin University is giving out free iPhone 3G to its 550 students from the School of Social Informatics.

The main purpose of this idea is to use the iPhone, equipped with the GPS systems, to trace the whereabout of the students as a mean to check their attendance. Of course, the iPhone will also be used as a tool for their studies such as searching for course materials uploaded, lectures videos and tests. It is also hope that new iPhone applications can be developed by the students.

Universities used to give out free laptop, free webcam (especially for e-learning programmes) and now iPhone. I believe this is a very good move as it helps to bring out more creative applications designed by the fresh mind of the young users, which in turn will benefit others as well. I do hope that more educational institutions will take up such initiatives in the very near future, not just merely using it to nab the truants but more on creating the space and avenue for more new applications.

For more reading, click here - University use iPhone to nab truants (The Star, 1st June 2009)

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Virus AH1N1 Flu: WHO Outbreak Map

Mon, 04 May 2009 16:10:00 +0000

The outbreak of the AH1N1 virus has triggered the fear of another deadly flu virus like the previous SARS or even the deadly Spanish Flu which killed 40 million people.

BBC News has come out with a day-to-day WHO outbreak map to put into visual on how the virus spread throughout the world. Click here to view the full map.


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Hope that this pandemic will stop and cured in the shortest time that is possible.(image)



Personal Details for sale - $0.10 per record

Mon, 04 May 2009 15:56:00 +0000

Beware when you starts to receive multiple sales calls from nowhere or some commercial sms. This could be due to the fact that your personal data has been compromised by some of the companies.

The Star run a special report on the individual data protection issue on Sunday, 3rd May 2009. These are some of the except:

"KUALA LUMPUR: For a mere 10 sen, your personal data are being sold to unauthorised bodies. A list of 1,000 entries containing names, handphone numbers, type of credit card owned and issuing banks, and place of work costs only RM100.

If you regularly receive unsolicited sales calls, messages or e-mails, then in all likelihood, your data have been collected and sold to third parties.

With such baseline information in the hands of the unscrupulous, more particulars could easily be gathered and your identity stolen – for transactions and the purchase of goods or services without your knowledge.

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The fact is any database is vulnerable – from loyalty cards and telecommunications companies to housing developers to members-only clubs – and there will be a demand for it as it represents a list of potential customers.

An entry from a database of an exclusive club comprising Datuks and Tan Sris, for example, could fetch RM3 each and resold for RM4."

Source: The Star


My two cents:

This is really frightening that individual personal information such as banking and contact information can be obtain so easily. The most worrying part is the possibilities of the data to be misused by those irresponsible parties such as applying bank loans, credit cards, or even from the shark loan. Something has to be done by all parties to protect the customer's privacy.

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Setting Up An Online Business

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 16:58:00 +0000

Thinking of setting up an online business? It is easy said than actually putting up a running website. There are many considerations to be taken into account before a web site can be properly set up.

Besides having a good and feasible online business plan, one must also consider the web hosting options that are available in the market. Being a newbie in the e-business, there are a lot of options being available online for the hosting of a web site. The question is how to choose the best option from the thousands of services offered especially with the focus on issues related to affordability, high reliability plus rapid technical support whenever is needed.

The size of the disk space and the speed of the data transfer should also taken into consideration especially if your web site contain scores of high resolution images or you are expecting to receive high traffic to your web site. A site that is always down is the reason why your customers are turned away from your web site.

A good hosting search site or directory should be able to provide an up-to-date ranking of the available hosting plans by various companies. It also should offer a complete guide on web host for beginners to learn about the hosting such as domain names applications, bandwidth and some basic technical terms related to the hosting.(image)



University to offer Master's Degree about Facebook and Twitter

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 03:43:00 +0000

With the widespread and increased popularity of online social networking site such as Facebook and Twitter, a one-year Masters of Arts in Social Media is being planned at the Birmingham City University.


The course will include some areas of study such as social networking sites as communication and marketing tool, setting up blog and publishing podcasts. It will cost a student £4,400 in term of the tuition fees.

If you interested, click on this link.(image)



Favourite passwords used online

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:07:00 +0000

What are the most common passwords used by online users? According to a research done by Information Week on an analysis of 28,000 passwords from a popular website:
  • (image) 16% uses name (yes, your own name, spouse or children)
  • 14% likes "1234" or "12345678" (easy and nice)
  • 4% uses "password" or "password1" (password = password)

Some other common passwords includes:
  • qwerty (English keyboard letters below the numeric keys)
  • hannah, pokemon, matrix, ironman (popular tv show stars)
  • iloveyou, ihateyou

For better protection, it is safer to choose a password that is longer than 8 characters with one capital letter and one symbol.(image)



Lower Credit Card Interest Rates from March 31, 2009 onwards

Fri, 13 Feb 2009 02:09:00 +0000

Early last year, Bank Negara introduced the new tiered interest rate structure for credit card which was implemented from 1st July 2008.

Barely 9 months into the new structure, Malaysian banks are lowering the interest rate again in order to encourage more good repayment habits among the credit card holders. The interest rates is going to be reduced between 0.5% to 1.5%.

Interest rate for Tier 1 (all the 12 consecutive months of prompt payment in the past 12 months) would be reduced by 1.5% from 15% per annum to 13.5%.

Interest rate for Tier 2 (10 or 11 months of prompt payment in the past 12 months) will now be reduced by 1% from 17% to 16% per annum.

Lastly, interest rate for Tier 3 (
less than 10 months of prompt payment in the last 12 months) will have only 0.5% reduction from the current 18% to 17.5%.

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The new interest rates structure will be benefiting those who pay promptly every month (Tier 1) as compared to those in Tier 3.

Besides, the late payment charges will also be reduced from the present RM10 to RM5. However, there is no changes on the 20 days interest-free on partial payments.

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Welcome to the new semester - Jan 2009

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:56:00 +0000

A warm welcome to all students for the new semester of UBAI3013 E-Commerce.

The purpose of setting up this blog few years back is to provide students with some latest developments and applications in e-commerce and Internet especially in the Malaysia context. There are many topics available in this blog such as:

E-commerce Business models
e-Government
e-Tailing
Electronic Payment
Internet Security
Legal issues related to E-commerce
...... and lots more

(image) During the last May semester, students were required to blog as part of their assignment. Altogether, 120 blogs were created and being listed here:
My students' blogroll - 120 blogs

For assignment purpose, there are two video tutorial posted here which are very useful for you to learn on how to start blogging using either the Blogger.com or Wordpress.com platform:

Video tutorial on how to set up a new blog (Blogspot)

Video Tutorial on creating a WordPress blog

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Innovative Gizmo (5) - Dual DVD and MP3 Player

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 08:04:00 +0000

How about a device that can play both DVD/CD and MP3 together? This one look promising due to its portability and simplicity.

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Innovative Gizmo (4) - Hologram Laptop

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 08:00:00 +0000

Latest and innovative technology advancement - Hologram laptop screen. So cool.

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World's Best Presentation Contest 2008

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 05:13:00 +0000

Going through some of my students' presentation slides when I came across MalaysiaCrunch blog on World's Best Presentation Contest 2008 organised by SlideShare.net.Its an eye-opener experience looking at other's presentation design which are quite captivating for the readers. I always try to learn to improve my presentation slides design by looking at others' design and here is such a great opportunity to do so.Prizes for the competition includes MacBook Air, Amazon Kindle, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and Presentation Zen (book). The list of winners were voted by users and a list of judges include Guy Kawasaki.The winners are:1st Prize: Thirst from jbrenmanTHIRSTView SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: crisis design)2nd Prize: Foot Notes from Melanie.KFoot NotesView SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design inspirational)Some of the other interesting presentations:Winner of the Business category: Storytelling 101 from ethos3Storytelling 101View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: theme sherlock)and there are lots more at the SlideShare.There are also some entries from Malaysia too.Tech Tags: best presentation slides design [...]



E-Commerce Defined

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 05:36:00 +0000

Scenario 1:
(image) Step 1: Browsing a web site's online catalog, looking for a specific product and compare its price with another few web sites.

Step 2: Select the item into online shopping cart and click checkout.

Step 3: Enter the payment information such as Credit Card or PayPal information, billing and shipping addresses.

Step 4: Receive immediate notification of the successful transaction.

Step 5: Wait for the item to be delivered to your place or download it from the website (for digital product).

The steps or scenario mentioned above is one of the example on how e-commerce works in our daily life.



What is E-commerce?
E-commerce is the process where business transactions such as buying, selling and exchanging products, services and information through the computer networks, particularly the Internet. E-commerce also can be performed through the Intranet and Extranet.

It is also known as a digitally enabled commercial transaction between and among organisations and individuals. Digitally enabled transactions include all transactions mediated by the digital technology, mainly through the Internet and the Web. Commercial transactions involve exchange of value (money) in return for products and services.

In short, e-commerce means performing online business transactions. Its a way of doing business, through the Internet.(image)



Blogging Resume

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 04:40:00 +0000

After a break from blogging (mainly because of the final exam marking), I'm now back on blogging.

New semester just started on Monday. Since it is a relatively short semester with a 7 weeks of lectures and tutorials sessions, the current teaching team did not continue with the previous semester's assignment where students were required to create blogs.

For this semester, the assignment is on evaluating a transaction e-commerce website in Malaysia. Beside this, students are also assessed through mid-term test and a group presentation. Presentation topics range from Internet security, mobile payment systems, digital divide, wireless revolution, e-government to corporate blogging.

The are ample of information being available in this blog on topics mentioned. Feel free to browse and search the information through:
1. Search engine (at the top right side of the page)
2. Related Label (at the 2nd column)
3. Related post.
4. Posts at some of the students blogs.

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Electronic Commerce - Blog Carnival (17th September 2008)

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 23:52:00 +0000

Welcome to the August 18, 2008 edition of electronic commerce. (Vol 2, No. 16, 2008)Matthew Paulson presents Listen to What Job Applicants Are Really Telling You posted at American Entrepreneurship.Paul Gallion presents Review of Post Launch Profit Secrets posted at Paul Gallion.AndrewB presents How to Become Great in any Field - Success Secrets Revealed posted at Personal Hack, saying, "These Tips will Help you become great in your business. Ever wonder what seperates the average or "good enough" from the great? In this post I explore this topics, and offer you practical tips you can apply in any field or business to achieve greatness ;)"Praveen presents Making Money Online Through CPA Offers posted at My Simple Trading System.AndrewB presents 5 Tips to Surround Yourself with Success Models posted at Personal Hack, saying, "Ever heard the saying that you can predict your success by averaging the success of your 5 closest friends? So the question is how do you surround yourself with success models. There 5 tips will help you do just that. Please read and leave a comment, I appreciate all feedback, thank you =D"Alex Smith presents How to Keep Bears Away posted at TBO-TECH.AndrewB presents You Think Making More Money or Losing Weight equals happiness? Think Again posted at Personal Hack, saying, "does money equal happiness? yes and no, this post explores this topic some more. I would really appreciate it if you checked it out and left a comment, thank you in advance."BloggingTraffic2mypage presents Maximizing your web traffic by understanding the bell theory of article marketing posted at Traffic2mypage.com, saying, "For most, writing and submitting articles online is a great tool to build reputation, that can position you as an expert, as well as build backlinks that ultimately will increase web traffic. But many if not most, fail to understand a basic fundamental of the Google algorithm, and worse don’t take advantage of it. For most, writing and submitting articles online is a great tool to build reputation, that can position you as an expert, as well as build backlinks that ultimately will increase web traffic. But many if not most, fail to understand a basic fundamental of the Google algorithm, and worse don’t take advantage of it."Raymond presents Battling Blogger Burn Out and Lack Of Blog Posting Frequency posted at Money Blue Book.E-commerceMartin Russell presents SponsorDaddy Review posted at Word of Mouth Marketing.Susan Tatum presents B-to-B Website Re-design: Advance with Caution. posted at Technology Marketing by Tatum Marketing.Steven Lohrenz presents SEO & Domain Names posted at Steven Lohrenz, saying, "How domain names affect seo ranking."InternetSagar Satapathy presents 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom posted at Smart Teaching.Jordan Williams presents New SEO Info And FAQ posted at The Mad Marketer.Heather Johnson presents How Useful are Automated Social Bookmarking Tools? posted at Data SystemsPlus.Matthew Paulson presents Business Book Review: No: The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home posted at American Entrepreneurship.Neelakantha presents 50 Free Internet Tools for Tin-Foil Hat Wearers posted at Web World Wide.Raymond presents Best Locations To Blog With Free WiFi Internet Access posted at Money Blue Book.Online SecurityHelen Anderson presents Protect Yourself Wh[...]



Copy and Paste

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 10:08:00 +0000

Came across this when I read VincentChow's blog. Its copy and paste twin.

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Hi-tech thieves targeting Beijing Olympics and Twitter

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:43:00 +0000

Two interesting articles from BBC News on Internet Security.

Hi-Tech thieves targeting Olympics
It was reported that the volume of the junk mails with the Olympics theme increase tremendously prior to the opening ceremony with the intention to trick people into visiting those fake sites or opening some harmful attachments. Read more here.

Hi-Tech criminals target Twitter

A fake twitter profile with a malicious payload has been spotted which link to a pornographic video. However, it actually downloads a fake version of Adobe Flash which in turn will install a programme that is capable of stealing data. It is believe to be the first of this kind of attack on Twitter. Read more here.(image)



Joint research on cybercrime by MIMOS and German university

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 04:08:00 +0000

A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by MIMOS with German's Ruhr Unviersity Bochum on conducting joint research to tackle the cybercrimes such as Phishing, Pharming, Viruses, and Hacking.

(image) MIMOS (Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems) is a Malaysian government-owned R&D organisation specialising in the areas of Information & Commmunication Technology and Microelectronics. MIMOS is the agency that responsible in bringing in the Internet to Malaysia through Jaring in 1991. (Source: Wikipedia)

The joint research aims to explore the possibilities of other security method, beside firewall and anti virus software, such as specialised hardware which could block the cyber crime attacks or invasions.
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