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Ferdinand A. Porsche, 76, Dies – Designed Celebrated 911 – NYTimes.com – Butzi Porsche dead. Butzi Porsche came from a family of engineers. His grandfather led the original team behind the Volkswagen Beetle. His father had been part of that engineering team and went on to found what we now know as Porsche. However, Butzi Porsche wasn’t engineer but a designer with technical chops. After an infamous meeting of the Porsche family, no members were allowed to work at Porsche. Butzi Porsche didn’t get to do more after he designed the 911. Instead Butzi Porsche started Porsche Design. Butzi Porsche did product design for other companies. Porsche Design also came out with its own products with Butzi Porsche designing watches, glasses and more. Butzi Porsche resigned from Porsche Design in 2005 due to ill health.
GLOSSYBOX Men-Beauty Products for Men – birch box for metrosexuals
Why Are So Many Americans Single? : The New Yorker – single living was not a social aberration but an inevitable outgrowth of mainstream liberal values. Supported by modern communications platforms and urban living infrastructure: coffee shops, laundrettes
Why I’ve Decided To Quit Facebook – Business Insider – really interesting rationale on this, declining utility fits in with what I have said previously here and here
A Room for London | Hearts of Darkness: David Byrne – interesting found sound experiment
China’s economy: Feels like white elephants? | The Economist – interesting article that puts China’s investment into perspective, not as big a deal as people make out
More U.S. Children of Immigrants Are Leaving U.S. – NYTimes.com – as economic power moves, talent moves
An Important Shift in the Yuan Debate – WSJ – Yuan much closer to correct value than previous US estimates let on
Something ‘Crazy’ Is Happening In The Southern California Housing Market – Business Insider – indicates that consumers suspect instability in terms of: ability to pay for a house or get a mortgage, expect further correction in house prices so want to pay for the flexibility or expect increase in cost of loans that they don’t want to be exposed to
Burger King’s Rebranding Plan – Business Insider – broadening demographic to take in more than 17 per cent of the market
Kraft break-up yields marketing shift: Warc.com – the break-up is ironic when you look at the trouble they went to, in order to buy Cadburys and then break their business down broadly into Cadburys + Jacobs Suchard vs Kraft US.
C.Y. eyes bigger role in market | SCMP.com – Hong Kong chief executive ready to do market interventions were necessary abandoning laissez-faire ethos (paywall)
HK’s rich hesitate to have babies | SCMP.com – interesting takeaways: didn’t want the emotional commitment, time poverty, financial stability / too small a living space and concerned about the local environment not being suitable for children. It was interesting that the education system was given such a hard time, given that it’s better than the UK system (paywall)
Attempt to extend graft law ‘hindered’ | SCMP.com – interesting in context with the Sun Hung Kai Properties case (paywall)
QArt Coder – awesomeness
What Fuels the Most Influential Tweets? – The Atlantic – study formulises influence versus popularity
Motherboard TV: William Gibson in Real Life | Motherboard – interesting thoughts on urban planning and innovation
The Rise of Global Feudalism | The Diplomat – the collapse of the global middle class
Hitachi Develops High-efficiency Motor Without Using Neodymium — Tech-On! – interesting move that gets around the need for rare earth metals
Analysts start Intel Ivy Bridge CPU teardown – with three dimensional transistors
Sumo wrestlers take part in anti-yakuza parade ‹ Japan Today – interesting that the Japanese police are running a non-fraternisation campaign so members of the public will not have anything to do with the yakusa
When fashion is stranger than fiction – FT.com – interesting experiment by LVMH for customers to follow their bag from crocodile to leaving the factory fully assembled
agnès b. | VICE – great interview with French fashion designer agnés b
Fueling the hunger for The Hunger Games – The New York Times – really interesting comment: …during the 1980s you bought the poster and once a year went to a convention and met your people for something like Star Trek (and Star Wars). It misses out the fact that you are likely to have had real-world friends that you would have talked about it with as well – marketers now seem blindsided to the real-world
CHART OF THE DAY: Google Cost-Per-Click Change – Business Insider – interesting decline in cost-per-click, but on its own without further depth of information not terribly meaningful
Businessweek – How tos – Businessweek has gone very Wired magazine with this issue
Universal Says EMI Purchase Won’t Create Monopoly Because There’s Rampant… PIRACY! – hypebot – next week record executive shoots partner and claims pirates made me do it
Exclusive: Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer Blake Irving Resigns – AllThingsD – I guess that nukes the Microsoft takeover from the inside
Will Yahoo Torch its Search Deal With Microsoft, Outsource Search to Google? – Search Engine Watch (#SEW) – this would be the smart thing to do for customers and advertising conversation rates, but can Yahoo! extract itself from the Microsoft (and Facebook) agreements respectively?
Mei.fm: Avos Forks Delicous to Suit Chinese Tastes | Tech in Asia – also makes compliance issues easier
Amazon’s ‘One-click Patent’ Granted in Japan — Tech-On! – patent filed back in 1998
Fix is in on supermarket shelves, study suggests | SCMP.com – Hong Kong retailers ParknShop and Wellcome accused of collusion (paywall)
Retailer self checkout-lanes increase incidence of theft – Industry Intelligence – including both intentional and unintentional forms—by five times in comparison to when cashiers are working according to Stoplift Checkout Vision Systems Inc.
O2 disclosure ruling could impact on workings of imminent new anti-piracy code, campaigners say – “an unknown percentage” of the O2 customers that Golden Eye identified as alleged infringers will not have committed an offence. He said that flaws in using IP addresses as a means to identify infringers would lead to some of those people being wrongly identified.
iPad Receptionist – interesting idea
dotfiles/.osx at master · mathiasbynens/dotfiles · GitHub – terminal commands to optimise OSX
The next killer app: Machines that see – algorithms to do this are performance hungry. But it could radically change human computer interaction
The history of supercomputers – Slideshow | ExtremeTech – a history of awesomeness
Philips quits TV market, but brand will remain through TP Vision – Pocket-lint – Philips becomes a franchised brand
Former Packeteer CEO brings startup, Pertino, out of the garage – SiliconValley.com – will give organizations with limited IT resources access to enterprise-class networking capabilities via the cloud
Web of no web
51Degrees.mobi introduces left and right handed device detection – interesting use of inbuilt sensors
Project Glass – Google+ – augmented reality overlay in glasses, Google moving the web-of-no-web
Tweeting, Friending, Poking, Liking And Other Virtual Habits, Now Happening IRL | The Creators Project – silly but talented web-of-no-web projects
AT&T will spend more promoting the Lumia than it did on Apple’s iPhone – I am not sure that will help all that much since the publicity campaign seemed to be counterproductive
Microsoft And Nokia Launch The Lumia 900 On Easter – Business Insider – not certain it was that big a deal
Why Is AT&T Releasing Nokia’s Big Phone on Easter? – NYTimes.com – retailing tactical mistake?
Lumia 900: How Nokia And Microsoft Become Disruptors | Forrester Blogs – Forrester is surprisingly positive about Nokia, but it assumes that Samsung will rollover
‘BBM Table Service’ at No Black Tie | The Malay Mail – why weren’t BlackBerry learning and doing this kind of thing in other markets?
Lumia 900 review | The Verge – not the blockbuster that Nokia hopes it will be: let down by average hardware and software issues
Ofcom eyes LTE in 700-MHz band – will mean shifting over digital terrestrial TV to 600MHz. LTE on 700MHz not due for a while then
NTT DOCOMO to Dissolve Communication Platform Planning Co., Ltd. | NTT DOCOMO Global – interesting that this fell apart given the IP that NTT Docomo and potential sales that it brings to the table