2009 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

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2009 Year-End Google Zeitgeist: Malaysia

2009 was a year for Malaysians to forge closer ties with one another and look up out-of-touch friends and family as evidenced by the presence of facebook, Friendster, MySpace, Twitter and Tagged in the top and fastest-rising searches for Malaysia. It was also a year that saw new faces, led by YouTube sensation Zee Avi in the entertainment field and politican Elizabeth Wong on the newsmakers list. Malaysians were also clearly interested in the recently-announced 1Malaysia F1 team that was granted permission to compete in next year’s Formula One season. Check out the lists below to get a better sense of the Malaysian Zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, in 2009!

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Development of the decade: The rise of online media

By Joan Lau

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — Never mind that many people — ministers included — still lump us with blogs but the single biggest development in media over the past 10 years has to be the rise of online news sites.

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Dutch, Nigerians to use full-body scans for flights

THE HAGUE, Dec 31 — The Netherlands and Nigeria said yesterday they would use full-body scanners at airports after a failed Christmas Day attack on a US-bound plane by a 23-year-old Nigerian suspect who passed through both countries.

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Asean, China free trade area to kick off tomorrow

SINGAPORE, Dec 31 — Singapore companies will win virtually unfettered access to almost two billion consumers from tomorrow when the world’s largest free trade area is launched.

The Asean-China FTA, which has been in the pipeline since 2002, is set to be worth about as much as the European Union or the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), and will be bigger than both combined in terms of population.

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