Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 18/2/16

BM study on world leaders' Instagram use; Apple v the FBI; McCann Japan restructure; the world's 'cheapest' smartphone; Nike drops Pacquiao; Boeing gets big China order; China sends missiles to disputed South China Sea island

Apple CEO Tim Cook stood firm against FBI orders to insert a 'backdoor' into iOS
Apple CEO Tim Cook stood firm against FBI orders to insert a 'backdoor' into iOS

Burson-Marsteller: Growing popularity of Instagram recognised by world leaders

Latest study finds that more than 70 percent of global leaders have an Instagram account, although not all are active

Apple CEO praised for rejecting FBI's request to build 'backdoor' into iPhone

Chief executive Tim Cook published an open letter on the Apple website revealing that the FBI has asked the firm to build a new version of iOS so the bureau can bypass existing security.

McCann Japan leadership restructure sees Charles Cadell relocate to Tokyo

Charles Cadell will become representative director, president and CEO of McCann Worldgroup Japan in April, in addition to his role as Asia-Pacific president.

World’s ‘cheapest’ smartphone released in India

A smartphone costing just about 1 percent of the price of Apple's iPhone has been unleashed on the Indian market.

Nike drops Pacquiao after controversial remarks

Nike said yesterday it had cut ties with Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer and politician drew ire for calling people in homosexual relationships "worse than animals".

Boeing lands US$1.3 billion China airliner order

China-based Okay Airlines has put in an order for up to 20 Boeing planes in a deal valued at $1.3 billion at list prices.

China sends missiles to contested South China Sea island

China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China Sea, Taiwan and US officials said, ratcheting up tensions even as US President Barack Obama urged restraint in the region.

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