Singapore Pools OK, not the casinos?

How much money does the Singapore government make from the lotteries run by Singapore Pools and its other bookmaking activities?

Today reports that Singapore Pools will give S$164.8 million to charity over the next three years. The money will be put into the Tote Board Social Service Fund for the National Council of Social Service to use.

What the report doesn't say is how much money Singapore Pools collects from the punters every week.

Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club are both owned by the Tote Board,  a statutory board under the Finance Ministry.

That puts the government in the same business as the casinos, from which it is trying to protect Singaporeans.

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Times on the Net: You can’t beat the traffic

The New York Times is the newspaper with the best website and gets around four million daily unique visitors (estimated cookies) – way above the other newspapers I checked on Google Trends and Double Click Ad Planner. (See the charts at the end of this post.)

The Straits Times resembles the American, not the British, newspapers shown in the charts in one way.

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Google real-time search with Twitter updates

Announced on the Official Google Blog two days ago, here's Google real-time search in Singapore. Not an awful lot was being reported or said about Singapore when I did the search, as you can see from this video.

News and messages filtered in slowly on the Updates page. But I could see the updates immediately because the screen refreshed every time they came.

It's just like Twitter. In fact, tweets were all I got. But that's fine because the Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia tweet every new story, so you might as well check the headlines on Google or Twitter.

How to do a Google real-time search for Singapore?

I typed "Singapore" in the Google search box.

And there in the middle of the search results page was a scrolldown box with new messages appearing at the top of the box.

If you want to see updates only, look for the "Show options" button with a plus sign above the search results.

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Ken Auletta talks Google

American journalist Ken Auletta says Google once discussed buying the New York Times but decided that would damage its "neutral" identity.

Google "is not obsessed with killing competitors," he adds. "They're obsessed with eliminating inefficiencies."

Auletta, the New Yorker media columnist, has come out with a new book, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.

This C-Span interview with Auletta is long but interesting for anyone interested in new and old media. He talks about Google, its founders and its search algorithm among other things.

Here's an interview he gave, which appeared in I Want Media.

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