Occupy Hong Kong and the rise of social concern

If you had seen the ragtag nature of the Occupy protests in the UK, the orderly city tents underneath the HSBC building Hong Kong looks genteel by comparison.
Occupy Hong Kong
It seems to be part of a wider social concern springing up there which manifests itself in concern about local independent shops, the power of supermarkets and the excess produce thrown away by supermarkets that could have been beneficial to the less fortunate in Hong Kong society.
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Hong Kong: are you a friend of the earth? Not if you shop at a supermarket – Jessie Tao’s blog

Links of the day | 在网上找到

The Original Content Bandwagon – Parks Associates

Downstream Traffic: Weibo vs Facebook vs Twitter | China Internet Watch

How to get more visibility for your Facebook Page through understanding EdgeRank – Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice

Jing Daily: Chinese Retailer Bosideng Goes Global While Luxury Brands Seek Acceptance

Japan: Social/Mobile Starting to Move Fast « digital CONSORTIUM

Alan Rusbridger on The Guardian’s open journalism, paywalls, and why they’re pre-planning more of the newspaper » Nieman Journalism Lab

Facebook rebuffed GM’s request for bigger and higher-impact ads | The Wall Blog

Tablet Research | Independent Media Planning & Media Buying Agency – I find it hard to reconcile this data with the empirical feedback I have heard from every tablet owner I know

Samsung under presure to seek new growth engines, says Research and Markets

Twitter-fueled hedge fund bit the dust, but it actually worked | VentureBeat – building a social media signal based trading platform

Hong Kong travel agents | CNNGo.com – Hong Kong consumers prefer a real-live travel agent to deal with

Apple Had No Choice But To Release Siri As An Imperfect Product – Business Insider – Google approached things a different way, releasing voice activated searching and directory enquiries type services for a number of years to train its voice system

Cap on copyright term for industrially processed designs to be lifted, Government proposes

Spotlight turns on Hong Kong graft agency – FT.com – (paywall) the ICAC is the jewel in the crown of Hong Kong. It is unfortunate that there isn’t a similarly robust service to fight corruption and graft in other countries like the UK and Ireland – we wouldn’t have needed the Mahon and Leveson investigations

China’s Tencent Invests CNY400 Million In South Korean Mobile Chat Application – ChinaTechNews.com – this is an interesting move as Tencent is also the owner of Weichat. Is there a potential conflict of interest or will we see a super champion that could contest with the likes of Skype or AOL instant messenger?

Google Apps and security

Those of you interested in cloud computing would have noticed that Google Apps has earned ISO27001 certification for information security, which is a counterpoint to concerns about the secure nature of web services. Admittedly there are some who could point to flaws in the ISO27001 standard from an information security standpoint – but it is an independent standard and so is as handy a benchmark as any.

However, there is some aspects of this news that need to be reflected on. The certification only covers the paid-for business offering, not the consumer accounts that you may use to share editorial calenders with clients or your average email account that gets hacked by state actors.  This limited certification of services in itself is a tacit admission of the insecurity of Google consumer products which are used by many knowledge workers – your author included.

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Google Apps receives ISO 27001 certification – Official Google Enterprise Blog

Archived from the blog that I used to write for PR Week

Links of the day | 在网上找到

The Flame: Questions and Answers – Securelist

The Programming Language Lua – fast scripting language for embedded systems and application development

ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs • The Register

Decoding Share Prices: Amazon, Apple and Facebook | Monday Note

Taylor & Francis Online :: Cultural influences on Facebook photographs – International Journal of Psychology –

How Big Tech Companies Keep Quiet on Big News – comments on measured value of PR (ie: not very valuable) are interesting

Why Microsoft Killed Windows LiveIt’s basically admitting that “Windows Live” branded products cannot compete with Facebook, Twitter and other successful online services. (So why did Microsoft launch a new social network this month, named So.cl? Yes, exactly…)

Even though this is an admission of defeat in the battlefield that is the Web, Microsoft still has some very successful Web properties. Hotmail and Messenger were singled out by Chris Jones as market-leading web products


The great debate about user centered design in China | TechNode | TechNode

Asia leads global digital-music consumption trend: Ipsos – Campaign Asia-Pacific

Amazon will start selling prepaid wireless in Japan — this was inevitable | VentureBeat

Kyocera’s Urbano Progresso to bring tissue-conductive sounds to Japan on May 30th – Engadget

Nano vacuum tubes could give a second life to the guitarist’s best friend — Engadget

Wen Jiabao urges further opening up in service sector|WantChinaTimes.com

Samsung PIN pop-up retail stores begin to appear in London | TechRadar – Samsung doing pop-up retail in a way that Nokia should be doing it

HP’s WebOS Enyo team reportedly heading to Google | Internet & Media – CNET News – this is a really interesting move from a web applications point-of-view

Google Penguin Updated To Version 1.1 | WebProNews

Aged Windows XP costs 5x more to manage than Windows 7

S/DOUBLE|FEATURE|honeyee.com Web Magazine – Hiroshi Fujiwara and Shawn Stussy look around the new S-Double Studios joint in Tokyo

UK ‘cookie law’ takes effect: What you need to know | ZDNet

Facebook advertising formats – overview of changes – Digital Intelligence

QRcodes in luxury marketing | 在奢侈品营销中的QR码

QRcodes give advertisers the opportunities to be creative in the ‘noise’ through minimising the data enclosed (for instance using a URL shortener) and careful positioning of the data within the square.
Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger LeCoultre uses some carefully placed watch components in their QRcode and the complexity of QRcodes to human eyes (rather like the visual complexity of a watch movement). It was a subtle understated modification of a QRcode that fitted right in with the brand.

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Want to build a creative QRcode? QArt Coder is a good place to start