Need to know: the top stories for Asia comms, media and marketing pros on Thursday, 25/2/16

New Dentsu PR; Mars product recall; Facebook's new Reactions; Xiaomi takes on Apple; MasterCard and selfie security; Instagram and advertisers; Singapore's slow economy

Facebook has introduced new Reactions other than likes
Facebook has introduced new Reactions other than likes

Kazunori Azeyanagi named new Dentsu PR president

Agency veteran replaces current president Takehiko Chikami.

Mars product recall: Has the chocolate giant got its strategy right?

Mars' decision to recall its products from 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its chocolate bars will ensure its long-term reputation remains intact, according to comms professionals.

More than Like: Facebook adds 5 new Reactions globally

Chevy releases Facebook-themed ad to coincide with debut of Love, Sad, Haha, Wow and Angry buttons. What do the expanded options mean for brands?

Xiaomi fires shots at Apple as it launches smartphone

Xiaomi launched its Mi5 smartphone on Wednesday, using its first ever European launch event to take on Samsung and Apple handsets and build up its brand beyond its current markets.

MasterCard to replace passwords with selfies

MasterCard customers will soon be able to replace their passwords with a "selfie" and a fingerprints to verify their identity and make payments online.

Instagram now has 200,000 advertisers

Facebook's Instagram app just hit a major milestone: It now has more than 200,000 monthly active advertisers, paying to reach its 400-million-plus active users.

Singapore economy slowed in 2015, revised GDP shows

Singapore's economy expanded at a slower pace in 2015 as an improvement in trade and finance failed to offset a sharp slump in manufacturing.

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