TV consumer show exposes internet firm promoting spam ads

A member of a government consumer quality supervision team inspects jewellery in Qingdao. Photo: EPA

Some local internet service providers have been running spam adverts on major web portals and chat rooms without paying a cent, according to a nationally televised programme to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

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Bilingual council websites feasible

In his policy address last month, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced a "one-off grant" of HK$100 million for each district in Hong Kong, or HK$1.8 billion in total for all districts, to be earmarked for district councils this year to "carry out signature projects in the current term".

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

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Goddard's top-rated blog, A Cup of Jo, leans more towards discovering savings and lifestyle experiences in online shopping. This former women's magazine writer is now a housewife raising a toddler in a small New York City apartment.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:18am

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Simplifi provides self-serve financial planning tools aimed at middle-income earners.

Only 5 per cent of private investors have a plan that states their financial goals and living costs. By running your household on a plan, like a business, this site believes you are more likely to achieve your goals.

28 Jan 2013 - 7:08am

How Taiwan's Shen Hsin-ling helped poor through computers

Shen Hsin-ling on her visit to Hong Kong last week. Photo: Felix Wong

Shen Hsin-ling changed the lives of poor, struggling Taiwanese farmers by setting up a website to sell their fresh produce - a feat even a computer-savvy adult would find challenging. Shen was 11 when she finished the project.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Top travel websites offer unlicensed rooms

A selection of pictures provided by 9 Studios for a room for two available for online booking in Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, near Times Square. According to the government online database, there is no licensed guest house on that street. Photos: SCMP

Popular travel websites are offering online bookings for unlicensed guest houses in Hong Kong, exposing tourists to safety hazards, a South China Morning Post investigation reveals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am 2 comments

'Guest house' in Causeway Bay cagey about location

9 Studios describes the serviced apartments as a 30-second walk from Times Square. Photo: Bloomberg

Unlicensed guest houses are touting for business on popular travel websites - but dig a little deeper and their proprietors put up the "no vacancies" sign.

21 Jan 2013 - 6:19am

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"How to" investment sites

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

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The top sites for saving.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

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Resources for planning for 2013

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Modern travel: the best ways to get a discount

Holidaymakers have several options these days to find the best price for flights and hotels. Photo: Edward Wong

Travel brochures, once a common sight, are now likelier to be found in a museum than a living room.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:28am

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Best sites for entrepreneurs

10 Dec 2012 - 2:28am

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Sites for saving by not spending

3 Dec 2012 - 4:26am

South African school dropout takes on Google

South African school dropout takes on Google

One is among the world's most powerful corporations, a behemoth with a market capitalisation of US$250 billion. The other is a loss-making website owned by a school dropout on a computer bought from a pawn shop for US$68.

It's Google v Doogle.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

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Live and Work in Hong Kong

12 Nov 2012 - 2:31am