The Associated Press reported today that Google intends to open an R&D centre in Singapore. This will be the first in SouthEast Asia making a total of 8 R&D centres across the world, with 3 in Asia.
“Google’s research centers outside of the United States typically focus on adapting its products for local markets, but are also involved in developing new offerings and fine-tuning existing ones” the report said.
The recent expansion of New Media companies into Singapore spells the slow death of Local Media. Google has been noted to buy newspapers, radio stations, and is leveraging its advertisement engine to over-run most media organisations.