Links of the day

Better Lenses for Less Money: How To Use Vintage Lenses with Your DSLR

50 Inspiring Vintage Advertisements // WellMedicated

UK to force prepaid phone buyers to produce ID – it will be interesting to see what the financial impact will be. It will also hit the sales of PAYG phones as presents for elderly relatives or kids

Communities Dominate Brands: The promise of engagement marketing – interesting case study from Japanese brand Tohato which used a MMORG to capture the attention of young male adults in Japan

Communities Dominate Brands: The Relevance of 10 M – awaiting the final numbers for the iPhone

All Social Media Is Local 2008 – really good presentation by the team at Edelman including John Kerr in Singapore

Communities Dominate Brands: Ten stages in life, thinking of how we change behaviour – really interesting analysis article

Google Search Ads Rile Its Big Customers – WSJ.com

Law Blog – WSJ.com : Unhappy With its Google-Search Results, Rosetta Stone Sues Competitor

Samplify Systems — a rare semiconductor startup » VentureBeat

Motorola Readies Its Own Android Social Smartphone – BusinessWeek – but not until well into 2009

Windows Applications Seamlessly Integrated on Mac OS X – CrossOver Mac

Dork talk: Stephen Fry explains the principles of cloud computing | Technology | The Guardian

Jaffe Juice: Conversation Killers: Why most viral marketing amounts to lazy, clueless chatter

CLUB LEGEND 20th – AVEX Trax celebrates the old school TYO dance scene

The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Five Reasons Why Whole Foods Gets Facebook – US posh supermarket Whole Foods has some interesting lessons that other brands can learn in its use of social networks

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Ctrl-Alt-Del | PBS – speculation on Apple’s hardware plans

New 2008 Social Technographics data reveals rapid growth in adoption – adoption picking up

Phil Windley’s Technometria | Making Screencasts in OS X

Second Life now offering Business Teleconferencing – I am surprised that this didn’t happen sooner, I’ve thought that this was the killer application for metaverses for a long time.

The Top Brands in Social Media Report 2008 – immediate future

Innovation vs. Litigation – Advertising Age – DigitalNext – the challenges that brands face in social media engagement

Chinese surfers see red over Microsoft black-outs – Reuters

Europeana – Connecting Cultural Heritage

Free offers must truly be free, ad watchdog rules | OUT-LAW.COM – “An offer should be described as free only if consumers pay no more than: a) the minimum, unavoidable cost of responding to the promotion, eg the current public rates of postage, the cost of telephoning up to and including the national rate or the minimum, unavoidable cost of sending an e-mail or SMS text message b) the true cost of freight or delivery c) the cost, including incidental expenses, of any travel involved if consumers collect the offer. Promoters should not charge for packing, handling or administration.

The German start-up scene: Copycats, but getting smarter » VentureBeat

Razorfish’s Lanctot: Flexibility’s A Double-Edged Sword For Online; Don’t Count Out Display | paidContent.org

INQ Mobile – ‘social’ handsets from Hutchison Whampoa built on brew like the existing Skype handsets

Nielsen Online » For Social Networks, There’s Still Room to Play

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Collateral Damage | PBS – interesting take on the mobile market, not one that I necessarily agree with, but interesting none the less.

American Airlines sues Yahoo! over keyword sales | OUT-LAW.COM

BBC NEWS | Business | Blogging for beginners – BBC provides advice on how to start blogging and features Going Underground’s Annie Mole

Youcalc democratizes analytics with “smart widgets” » VentureBeat – interesting looking idea

Featured Mac Download: Don’t Get Stuck With Your Default Browser, Get Choosy – must download this weekend

Poladroid project : the easiest and funniest Polaroid Image Maker – this is brilliant

South Korea pushes to dissolve ‘the old way’ of business culture – International Herald Tribune

Icelanders are NOT terrorists – direct action website complaining about the UK government’s use of anti-terror legislation to freeze Icelandic funds following the credit fall out. Interesting use of social media.

CNNBC video – Very cleverly done, inserts user specific data in video footage

Q&A with Peter Chou, HTC’s chief executive and co-founder – SiliconValley.com – its not about competition, its about opportunity. Something to bear in mind

Oi Polloi of Manchester, mens clothing and footwear

IGN and Ipsos MediaCT Debut Most Comprehensive Research Study to Date on the Changing Face of Videogamers

<head> Web Conference: October 24-26, 2008 – gutted that I missed the London leg