Archive for April, 2014

Rival’s patent dispute roils Macau gaming expo

April 28, 2014

Organizers of Global Gaming Expo Asia, also known as G2E Asia, want to focus on adding value for customers. But Asia’s largest casino industry trade show is center stage in a patent dispute between exhibitors that’s been played out on the exhibition floor, featuring a major customer that also runs a rival Macau gaming show.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

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IBM board still does not compute

April 26, 2014

Computing behemoth IBM has renominated its entire board of directors this year, featuring 10 out of 13 candidates that have held chairman/CEO positions at publicly traded companies and two that have served as private university presidents. While they bray about increased burdens of regulation, corporate inmates continue to run the asylum and pay themselves millions of shareholder dollars for their disservice to common sense and disrespect to the true owners of the company. Corporate reform, my bottom line.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Solaire shines light on Philippine casino ambitions

April 23, 2014

The Philippines hopes a quartet of US$1 billion-plus casino resorts will put on the global gaming map. The first of these resorts, Solaire just passed its first anniversary. For Solaire and rival Resorts World Manila, 2013 results suggest revenues aren’t yet growing as fast as aspirations.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Still no friends of the earth

April 23, 2014

Another Earth Day, another year marked by climate disasters across the globe, another year without meaningful action on climate change, another year of the failed UN process on climate change droning on. No wonder Mother Nature is so angry.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Adios, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

April 18, 2014

Calling Gabriel Garcia Marquez one of the all-time best Spanish language writers is as silly as calling Babe Ruth one of the all-time best English language baseball players. Love in the Time of Cholera is the greatest love story ever told by one of the greatest story tellers ever.

Garcia Marquez’s work will enrich our world as long as there are readers. Muchas gracias, senor.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Macau wannabes court Singapore model

April 8, 2014

Asian governments licking their chops over Macau’s casino driven budget surpluses, high visitor numbers, and low unemployment turn to Singapore’s development model to try their luck.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Macau March casino revenue rises 13%

April 4, 2014

March was a pretty slow month for Macau. But its casinos raked in $4.4 billion, about two-thirds of what Las Vegas casinos make in a year.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Please follow me on Forbes.com

April 2, 2014

I’ve begun to blog for Forbes.com about the casino business in Macau and around Asia, which I’ve been covering for nearly a decade, now as editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming. Please follow my blog and visit my site and posts early and often since Forbes.com pays by the click.

If you are interested in the gaming business in Asia as an industry executive, player or investor, I hope you’ll find the blog pieces interesting. Even if you don’t care about gaming in Asia, I hope you’ll click to help me earn some money. Unlike playing in the casino, you can’t lose.

I’ll still post some non-gaming items here, so please stay tuned. I know how busy our lives are and how crowded the online world has become, so I truly appreciate your attention and support. I hope you’ll keep taking your chances with me.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes.com and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.


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