Links of the day

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Microsoft Multi-Touch ‘Sphere’ Surfaces in Redmond – Switched – this sounds like the device that is invented in Douglas Coupland‘s novel jPod

Fast.co.uk | Emergency Dialup Internet Access – really handy if you can’t get broadband

Japanese Designers 101 – beautiful things and ideas

N4E1 – Not For Everyone – Fresh designs straight out of Hong Kong

Publishers blast Asda editorial demands – Brand Republic News – Brand Republic – I guess this may tip magazines to go like the US with a more subscription centric model and make online more attractive. I guess Asda PRs will find their lives made much harder until the nasty taste is a distant memory in the mouths of publishers

Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss – Pickens upset he had his face torn off on Yahoo! share speculation. The moral of the story is don’t invest in something that you don’t understand and bear in mind that the value of investments can go down as well as up ;-)

Alan Patricof: On Carl Icahn’s Settlement — And New Responsibilities — With Yahoo – interesting article

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . The Five Percent Solution | PBS

Gifticons a Hit for Gillette in South Korea – a 40 per cent response rate on a direct marketing campaiagn. I saw Ian Jindal present on how Korean web giant  and social network pioneers Nate were allowing real world gifting on their social network via similar mechanism. Ever had the sense you were living in the dark ages? I get it more and more when I see the amount of integrated mobile / online projects that are being rolled out in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea

China’s female artists quietly emerge – International Herald Tribune