Celebrate DNA’s 1,000 days by picking our top stories of 2014

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  • Prizes limited to those based in Malaysia

Celebrate DNA’s 1,000 days by picking our top stories of 2014BLINK and before you know it, Digital News Asia is on the cusp of its third anniversary – though I prefer to say we are hitting 1,000 days since we went live on May 14, 2012.
 
To celebrate the moment and have some fun – and to thank you, our dear readers – we are having a little competition, similar to the one we had last year, but a wee bit harder.
 
For while last year we shared with you our Top 10 articles of 2013, as determined by Google Analytics (who are we to argue?), and asked you to pick the top three only, this year we want you to pick the top five!
 
The reason is simple: We have more readers than from a year ago and need to make the contest more fun. And of course, the tie-breaker will be the timeless slogan challenge.

Due to the nature of the prizes, this contest is only open to DNA readers who reside in Malaysia. We apologise to our readers elsewhere.
 
Let’s see if your choice matches what our analytics has revealed to be our Top 5 most-read stories of 2014.
 
Below, I am sharing our Top 10 stories, in no particular order. You can check them out and see how good your news sense is.
 
For instance, A. Asohan’s rants are always popular but did his MaGIC, the Malay language and that ‘bumi thing attract more readers than, say, my story on Mark Chang’s Second Act: To aid disadvantaged entrepreneurs?
 
After all, Chang is one of the biggest names in the startup ecosystem in South-East Asia.
 
Speaking of leading players, we also had an article by Gabey Goh, our Singapore editor – 500 Startups Khailee Ng steps down from MaGIC board.
 
Talk about a strong headline. You have 500 Startups, Khailee Ng and MaGIC up there. Who needs clickbait when the ecosystem is so happening!
 
Speaking of happening, there sure was a lot going on with some of the larger Internet companies, especially those Patrick Grove was involved in – and sure enough, another article from Asohan and Gabey put the spotlight on RevAsia, also owned by Ng.
 
They say bad news makes for good copy. If that is true, do you want to guess whether RevAsia culls titles, lays off staff made it into the Top 5?
 
And what about our telco articles? Always very popular with readers, did Goh Thean Eu’s analytical A deeper look into Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile telcos in 1H2014 make it to the Top 5?
 
You will also note that two of the articles had the term “censorship” in the headlines. Did these attract enough readers to be in our Top 5? And of course, censorship has continued to be a hot button this year as well, with various legislative changes making the digital world in Malaysia a very hot space.
 
And aren’t we all aspiring for higher paying jobs? How well do you think the story on ICT has among best paying jobs in Malaysia: JobStreet survey did?
 
So, have fun reminiscing as you check out the Top 10 stories below (in no particular order), and send in those entries by Friday, May 8 and we will announce the winners on Thursday, May 14.
 
You need to be registered on DNA to participate in the contest but since registration is free, that should not hold you back. Also, each registered user can only submit one entry.
 
You don’t have to kill yourself reading all the articles at one go. Starting from Monday, we will also run each article over the next two weeks.
 
The top three winners will receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone courtesy of Digi Telecommunications. Winners have to subscribe to a Digi SmartPlan 50/78/108/148 with a minimum one-year contract.
 
In addition, winners will also receive a RM5 rebate per month on the plan of their choice.
 
Winners will be subjected to the terms and conditions imposed by the sponsors.
 
Sponsors shall not be held liable for any claims arising from said contest.
 
The top three winners will each also receive a Carama auto service voucher worth RM150 each. A startup, Carama matches trusted and quality workshops with car owners and is a global pilot launched by oil and gas giant BP’s consumer lubricants business, Castrol Malaysia.
 
The good news is that beyond the top three winners, video-on-demand service iflix is offering the next 10 winners a six-month subscription to its upcoming service.
 
To participate in our contest, register yourself first if you haven’t done so already, and then go to our contest page here. Good luck!
 
Terms & Conditions

  • Must be 18 years old and above, and a resident in Malaysia.
  • Must be a registered user of Digital News Asia’s website.
  • Employees and immediate family members of Digital News Asia Sdn Bhd are not eligible for this contest.
  • Judging will be done by editors of Digital News Asia (DNA) and all decisions are final, no exceptions.
  • Top 3 Winners will be picked based on accurately predicting the Top 5 articles. Slogan writing will be used to break any ties. The Top 3 winners will receive a Samsung smartphone each, along with 3 Carama service vouchers. 10 consolation winners will win a six-month subscription to iflix.
  • Winners will be contacted via email the next business day after the contest submission period ends.

Please send any queries to [email protected]
 
The Top 10 Stories of 2014 (in no particular order):
 
Rev Asia culls titles, lays off staff
 
Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations
 
ICT has among best-paying jobs in Malaysia: JobStreet survey
 
MMU breaks into world ranking, credits ‘research culture’
 
Mark Chang's second act: To aid disadvantaged entrepreneurs
 
MaGIC, the Malay language, and that ‘bumi thing’
 
A deeper look into Malaysia’s Big 3 mobile telcos in 1H2014
 
The Uber-SPAD spat: Be careful what you wish for
 
500 Startups’ Khailee Ng steps down from MaGIC board
 
Net censorship: BBC story on kangkung fiasco blocked?
 
 
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