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Guanxi

56minus1 :: » guanxi in the Chinese web :: – the rapid rise of Chinese social media has resulted in changes in guanxi. This means more pressure on the government to take action bypassing guanxi. Influencers and experts with a following have a new form of guanxi

Business

Yahoo Announces Next Steps in Open Strategy

What Yahoo Should Do « blog maverick – Yahoo! should go big and buy companies up cheap whilst it can to bulk up on places it could monetise, its open strategy could be leveraged as an advantage to make that happen

Consumer behaviour

Youth Marketing Statistics: Traditional Media Sparks Web Searches for 84% of Digital Influencers

Social media more popular than ever / we are social – nice bit of research from Robin and the guys at we are social

50 Youth Marketing Trends for 2009 (Part Two 26-50)

10 Articles on Ethnographic Research 26 Dec 08

Culture

Sk8’ers find heaven in foreclosure

Economics

Forecasts: Get ready for a three-year recession – no compelling reasons for the economy to snap out of it

FMCG

‘Ugly Betty’ Inspires Dove Campaign in China – Unilever had to go back to the drawing board as Chinese women believed that “a model on billboards is something that women do aspire to, and feel is attainable” so the real beauty concept fell on its ass.

Germany

Schober Group – German list broker

Hong Kong

Michelin rates Hong Kong, but with which yardstick?

Black Cross – cool Hong Kong streetwear shop

How to

Apple – Business – Theater – Apple’s quick tips theatre

LinkedIn: Answers: Home – very handy facility if you are on LinkedIn

How to Hold a Digital Camera

Phil Windley’s Technometria | Moving Jobs Between Printers in OS X

21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know

Tweet Manager Twitter App For Complete Twitter Automation – hmm a spam marketers delight, be afraid`

10 Articles on Working the Idea Cloud, Crowdsourcing and Product Development 30 Dec 08

Japan

JET SET – legendary Japanese record store, another reason why I love Japan

Web 2.0 Asia :: Google might become the top dog in Japan – this is really disappointing, particularly as Asia was the one bright spot in the Yahoo! network

Japanese business confidence hit hard – International Herald Tribune

Album of Photographs of Japan – a set on Flickr – cool copyright free pictures from the New York Library

Korea

Top Interent News in 2008 – KoreaCrunch

Legal 

A Chill on ‘The Guardian’ – The New York Review of Books – interesting discussion in the Tesco Tax Avoidance case.

Digital Design Blog » Tracking Social Influence: Razorfish Files Patent For Social Media Action Tag

Marketing 

South African brand trends for 09 « Underfield

Communities Dominate Brands: From James Bond’s invisible Aston Martin to the visible non-car in Ford’s Ka Find It campaign – interesting discussion on the web of no web

Building Relationships is More Important Than Building Links Alone – this completely closes the gap between search agencies and PR agencies if the SEO guys wake up to it

The plight of branded apps and the future of social marketing » VentureBeat – brand apps on Facebook are a bust

The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World – WSJ.com – basics of web 2.0 for senior management

Media

Content Sites Bracing For 50% Revenue Slowdown

Digging In To MySpace And Facebook’s (Projected) Slump In Ad Sales | paidContent.org

Tough Love For Microsoft Search

Online

cmypitch.com – social network for start-ups and small businesses

Twitblogs – Sam Sethi’s new business, not sure what the point is though.

Beet.TV: Ning has 600,000 Networks, Gina Bianchini Writes in The New York Times

Software

Things – task management on the Mac

Telecoms

SwissCom Tries To Deflect Criticism Of Le Web Internet Failure – Arrington calls SwissCom liars.