Links of the day

Devices must come with data-wipe function, says privacy regulator | Pinsent Masons LLP – of course the problem is that if forensic computer scientists can pull anything off a device a criminal could just as easily do it as well

In China, Loan Regulations Without a Loophole – DealBook Blog – NYTimes.com

Video-game shoppers surrender their immortal souls – Boing Boing – interesting consumer behaviour experiments, basically we don’t read the small print

Digital Economy Act: This means war – Cory Doctorow putting the Digital Economy Act in the context of the wider regulations coming wth ACTA

Khan Academy – pretty cool stuff here, kind of like OpenCourseware: very high quality but homespun

What’s Better Than Sliced Bread? Bo-Lo’Gne’s Danish Bread in Hong Kong – China Real Time Report – WSJ

What Questions Can We Expect Answered in Demand’s S-1? | paidContent

No Free Lunch for Ning Users; Still Plenty of Bargains Elsewhere

The Pitch HK: Chui Sui Central: Spare a thought for online publishers

KFC faces word of mouth crisis in China – Warc – discount voucher scheme gone bad

CHART OF THE DAY: iPad Estimate Sales Vs. iPhone, iPod, Nintendo – puts things in perspective. Not the second coming of the consumer electronics messiah, but close

5 Ways to Reduce Social Media Distractions and Be More Productive

Ning’s Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff – that’s a bit disappointing, but its also a great potential opportunity for Webjam

50+ Ways to Search Twitter

Hong Kong’s CSL ready to launch LTE this year

Anti-piracy enforcers claiming to represent Microsoft used to shut down dissident media in former USSR – Boing Boing – quick denials in place otherwise this could have been a Yahoo! moment for Microsoft’s corporate reputation

The Rise of Social Media in Hong Kong – interesting divergence with Chinese services, users seem to prefer western alternatives, may also have something to do with the global social graph of Hong Kong residents

Kin Could Be Microsoft’s Stupidest Move Yet – Daniweb – interesting analyst based on feedback by young people

France, the U.K. Take Steps Against Digital Piracy – WSJ.com

Unvarnished law: review site shows why UK is playing digital economy catch-up | Pinsent Masons LLP – the short trek toward an anologue Britain

ACS:Law Anti-Piracy Hunt Takes Toll On Legal Profession | TorrentFreak – this is a bit dodgy when you look at the information revealed under Freedom of Information Act

Is China’s Economy Overheating? – The Curious Capitalist – TIME.com

PR and Web 3.0… a call to action – MarCom Professional

PR industry attacks Digital Economy Act as a ‘step in the wrong direction’ – Wadds, Will McInnes and myself commenting on the Digital Economy Act

MediaPost Publications In Apparel, The Brand Makes A Comeback 04/15/2010

Inside Apple’s automatic graphics switching

RTÉ Business: Twitter says has over 105 million users

Ev Williams: “Twitter is too hard to use” | VentureBeat

US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus

Commissioner pledges protection for net neutrality | Pinsent Masons LLP

Labour pledges IP law reform, Conservatives pledge public procurement overhaul | Pinsent Masons LLP

Government Accountability Office: Don’t believe piracy studies because they’re wicked flawed

Google backs Yahoo in privacy fight with US Department of Justice

Screwfix.com – Power Tools, Electrical, Plumbing Supplies & more

Some Thoughts On Comments

Online video advertising | guardian.co.uk – some nice articles on video advertising here

Chief Communications Officers: First 100 Days – UK – reminds me of those ‘Little book of’ series that were popular a while back, but none the worse of this, what comes across is the variance of the advice which I guess boils down to needing good judgement