I, Cringely » And Then Along Comes Larry…. – Cringely on Oracle
California Bill Criminalizing Online Impersonations In Effect Starting Today – expect embarrassing court cases a la the McDonalds McLibel trial in the UK
MediaPost Publications WPP Buys ‘Obama for America’ Agency Blue State Digital 12/31/2010 – not a surprising move given Martin Sorrels focus on digital for the past few years
I, Cringely » Blog Archive » You Can’t Go Home Again – interesting backlash against telecommuting at IBM and other large corporates due to productivity issues
thedaringlibrarian – home – some great stuff here
Fresh Networks perspective on the social media measurement | monitoring landscape – I would also recommend Econsultancy’s comprehensive report on social media monitoring and measurement
A VC: Globalization – Fred Wilson’s take on globalisation.
The one and only – art collective in Hong Kong
Microsoft’s Ballmer falls far down list of CEO ‘wealth creators’ – Microsoft doesn’t have a Ballmer problem. It has a lot of unlocked value and is discounted because of it
More Lawsuits In The Land Of Electronics: Sony Sues LG – potentially interesting move
The Unbearable Inevitability of Being Android, 1995 « counternotions – thought-provoking analysis
The parable of the the PDA: predicting the smartphone’s future | asymco – consumer focus groups fail when a paradigm shift occurs
Socially Awkward Media | AT Kearney – interesting that even marketers that ‘get it’ are struggling with comfort zones
Breaking GSM With a $15 Phone … Plus Smarts | Threat Level | Wired.com – this used to cost more than 30,000 Euros for the relevant kit from security vendors
BlockBuster: Lyme Regis Sues Icahn, Accuses Sabotage – Barrons.com – this could get very interesting. Especially interesting when you think about how his past behaviour with TWA drove the airline well into the red
Shock: Music Industry Tops DMCA Takedown Notices In 2010 – interestingly the movie industry doesn’t seem to be getting in on the act
Why don’t Chinese spend more money? – TIME.com – because they want to hedge themselves and their families against the risk brought about though a move to state capitalism from socialism. I’d add to this because they aren’t so selfish at an individual level and this money is likely to go into things like family education and health
Huawei, Tencent to Offer HiQQ Phones – China Real Time Report – WSJ – expect similar from Baidu
Hong Kong’s mystery graffiti artist: the Plumber King | CNNGo.com – I love this story. My Mum and Dad’s first house had a name, it was called The Island after the farm that my Mum grew up on. The sign was hand-painted by a signwriter at the shipyard where my Dad worked. The gentleman died soon after. I loved that sign because of its purity of purpose, and if his signs had graced motorbike tanks instead of supertankers there may have been a fashion brand in his honour like Von Dutch. Maybe the plumber king can instead?
The Rise and Fall of Design Within Reach | Fast Company – going mass market from a niche position was a mistake
Just got an iPhone? The best apps, accessories, and tips — Engadget – best bits are at the bottom about moving to a new iPhone
The Death of Japanese MMA? | Japan Probe – American MMA championships are gaining some of Japan’s finest talent as it looks like Japan is over the sport
pixelthis on Etsy – love the way that the shop owner is upcycling magnetic tape reels, turntables, 45s and hard drives into wall clocks
Corsuit Tool Trains Swimmers’ Core Muscles Like a Full Body Suit – interesting product design helps on your swimming form and training
Mobile Makers Target Rivals on Phones | Emily Steel and Yukari Iwatani Kane | Voices | AllThingsD – but would I really take ‘insults’ by one of these brands seriously?
The Slow Path To Adulthood – PSFK – sounds surprisingly Gen-X like
Youth Mobile Age | Download the Free 5 Part Series – 50 Ideas to Shape 2011 – mobile and youth marketing trends
Flicksquare – put your Foursquare check-in pictures on Flickr
ASCII by Jason Scott / Yahoo!locaust – “All I can say, looking back, is that when history takes a look at the lives of Jerry Yang and David Filo, this is what it will probably say: Two graduate students, intrigued by a growing wealth of material on the Internet, built a huge fucking lobster trap, absorbed as much of human history and creativity as they could, and destroyed all of it.” A bit harsh on Jerry and David given they have been pushed aside by the board. Substitute one old woman for two grad students and its about right though.
The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies – dark side of web 2.0. And I thought that was Mark Zuckerberg
Income Inequality and the ‘Superstar Effect’ – NYTimes.com – interesting stuff here. The challenge is that this hollows out the middle classes which is what separates functional societies from disfunctional ones
Hong Kong’s best and worst of 2010 | CNNGo.com – they had me at McDonalds weddings.
Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours – NYTimes.com – very detailed report on how the disaster played out. First reaction was that it sounds a lot like Piper Alpha