Links of the day | 在网上找到

How to Travel Safely in Foreign Countries | SOFREP

Apple and Microsoft to team up for Kodak’s patents? | Politics and Law – CNET News

Is China Giving Carte Blanche for Anti-Competitive Conduct by PRC Companies Doing Business Overseas? : China Law Update

A Bookfuturist Manifesto – Tim Carmody – The Atlantic

A 5-Ring Circus – Olympic Opening Is Oddly, Confidently British –

Apple Is Said to Discuss an Investment in Twitter –

Government: we can freeze Mega assets even if case is dismissed | Ars Technica – the flip side of this is that the US would give itself and its corporations extra-legal powers worldwide which is a dangerous precedent, yet it is notably reluctant to facilitate foreign governments and corporations in the same way

In the network economy, ownership is fragmented…

German Companies Disappoint with Quarterly Earnings Reports – SPIEGEL ONLINE – not terribly surprising given that so many of its trading partners are hurting

VCs’ Strange, Instinctual Need to Replace Founders – Harvard Business Review

Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture | Naked Security

Motorola Android devices banned in Germany for infringing Microsoft’s FAT patent | The Verge

Court quashes Twitter joke trial verdict: Britain has a sense of humor after all – GigaOM – makes the UK government and Crown Prosecution Service look foolish

Software training online-tutorials for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple & more

Where is Your Organization on the Social Media Listening Maturity Model? | Ketchum Blog

Music to work by

I have been working on an assignment for a while and created a playlist to keep me from going mad pondering the minutae of online marketing:
Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border –  The KLF
Out Of Heaven –  Dreadzone
Higher Than The Sun –  Primal Scream
Revolutionary Pilot –  Statik Sound System
Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix) –  Four Tet
Elephant Stone (Mint Royale Remix) –  The Stone Roses
Pull Up To The Bumper –  Grace Jones
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub –  Apollo 440
3am Eternal (Blue Danube Orbital Mix) –  The KLF
La Femme d’Argent –  Air
Demons –  Fatboy Slim
Nights Over Manaus –  Boozoo Bajou
Girl I Love You (feat. Horace Andy) (She Is Danger Remix) –  Massive Attack
Strange Overtones –  David Byrne and Brian Eno
Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix) –  Everything But The Girl
Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up –  The KLF
Breathe (Banzai Republic’s X-Hale Remix) –  Télépopmusik
Shining Path –  Dreadzone
Towers Of Dub (Mad Professor Remix) –  The Orb
Stealth Mass In FM –  Apollo 440
Forever –  Orbital
Drippy –  Banco de Gaia
Gangster Trippin –  Fatboy Slim
Gambia Via Vagatorbeach –  Nightmares On Wax
Shakatakadoodub –  Kruder & Dorfmeister
Zion Youth –  Dreadzone
When I Still Needed You –  Afro Celt Sound System
Justfied And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago –  The KLF
Close Encounters –  The Orb
Keep On Believing –  Beanfield
Lush 3-2 –  Orbital
Capumcap –  Nightmares On Wax
Haunted Dancehall (Performed By In the Nursery) –  The Sabres of Paradise
Gone (K&D Session) –  David Holmes
Sho Nuff –  Fatboy Slim
A Canterbury Tale –  Dreadzone
’88 aka Come Down On Me –  Lemon Jelly
Little Fluffy Clouds (Live) –  The Orb
Immigrant –  Nitin Sawhney
Are We Here ? (Who Are They ?) –  Orbital
A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back –  The KLF
Pipes Honour –  Nightmares On Wax
Little By Little –  Groove Armada
In Dust We Trust –  The Chemical Brothers
Never Say? –  James Bong
Praise You –  Fatboy Slim
One Way –  Dreadzone
U.F. Orb –  The Orb
Style (Radio Edit) –  Orbital
Hymn Of The Big Wheel –  Massive Attack
Survival –  Nightmares On Wax
Papua New Guinea (Monsoon Mix) –  The Future Sound Of London
Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond –  The KLF
East West (Stoned Together) –  Mama Oliver
Little Britain –  Dreadzone
Star 6 & 7 8 9 (Live) –  The Orb
The Girl With The Sun In Her Head –  Orbital
Lightsonic –  Groove Armada
The Rockafeller Skank –  Fatboy Slim
Give My Soul –  The Lab Rats
Dreddoverboard –  Nightmares On Wax
“Life, Love And Unity” –  Dreadzone
O.O.B.E. –  The Orb
Paris –  Groove Armada Featuring Candi Staton
Funny Break [One Is Enough] (Plump DJ’s Mix) –  Orbital
Lately –  Massive Attack
The Way You Dream –  1 Giant Leap
Chicago –  Groove Armada
Autumn Leaves (Irresistible Force Mix) –  Coldcut
Going Under –  Rockers Hi-Fi
Moving On –  Dreadzone
Back Side Of The Moon (Tranquility Lunar Orbit)_Remixed by Thrash –  The Orb
Morse –  Nightmares On Wax
Remind –  Orbital
Livin’ Free –  Small World
Sofa Rockers (Richard Dorfmeister Remix) –  Sofa Surfers
Spandex Man –  Mr. Scruff
I Want More (Radio Version) –  Faithless
Blue Lines –  Massive Attack
Easy –  Groove Armada
Captain Dread –  Dreadzone
Outlands – Fountains of Elisha –  The Orb
Argha Noah –  Nightmares On Wax
The Box (Part 1) –  Orbital
Shake It Loose –  Dolphin Boy
Trans Fatty Acid –  Lamb
Song To The Siren –  The Chemical Brothers
Biological Radio –  Dreadzone
O.O.B.E. (Live) –  The Orb
Groove Str.    Nightmares On Wax
Shoalin Satellite –  Thievery Corporation
Cold Water Music –  AiM
One Perfect Sunrise (Radio) –  Orbital
Cave Of Angels –  Dreadzone
Daydreaming –  Massive Attack
Purple Haze –  Groove Armada
In The Hands Of The Gods –  Morcheeba
A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Lovin’ You) –  The Orb
Adnans –  Orbital
Time (To Listen) –  Nightmares On Wax

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Black Hat hacker lays waste to Android and Meego using NFC exploits | ExtremeTech – I guess NFC payments may not be a great idea

Microsoft Admits Risk in Tablet Plans – – “our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”

EE Times Confidential | Multi-screen wars: MediaTek/Mstar vs. Qualcomm, Marvell, Nvidia – going head to head for the converged entertainment space

Tangents – the home of unpopular culture. – I love the essays on this site

U.S. Industrial Manufacturers Remain Largely Optimistic Amid Weakening Sentiment toward World Economy – PRNewswire

For Marketers, Lead Gen Focus Is Trained on Digital – eMarketer

Apple Claims Google Warned Samsung Against Copying iPhone, iPad – AllThingsD

Google close to EU truce, but Android probe could follow – Rethink Wireless

Live Zynga Earnings – Business Insider – not terribly surprising apart from the scale at which the share price got hammered. The 7 percent drop in Facebook by comparison sounded about right given that it gets roughly about 15 percent of revenue from gaming

Majority of UK consumers ‘cannot name Olympic sponsors’ – Brand Republic News – because they have done such an appalling job

Communities Dominate Brands: Apple iPhone Q2 Sales fall to 26M, market share falls to 16%, but this is normal sales pattern

Caltech STUDY: What you see is what you buy | EyeQuant Blog – how a simple design trick affects consumer choices

Meet the Swedes Who Love Classic Cars and Elvis | VICE – great article on Sweden’s raggare sub-culture. Noticed this in Norway as well

RIM No Longer Dominates BYOD Trend, Apple Makes Serious Gains | SiliconANGLE

London 2012 Olympics: Oddbins to fight back against Locog branding restrictions – Telegraph – inspired

Apple’s Reality-Check Quarter In Charts – SplatF

Warehousing, Storage, Archiving and Logistics Solutions – Dexion

If you love your brand, set it free

If the run-up to the Olympics in London taught us nothing else, too much brand protection is a bad thing. It allowed brands as diverse at Nike and Paddy Power to position themselves as underdogs.

Nike’s move is particularly interesting as it is reminscent of the category judo move that Dove did in the female beauty | personal care sector a good while ago and shifts away from the star endorsement model that Nike excelled at with the likes of John McEnroe, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

Nike’s ‘Find Your Greatness’ ad which takes aim at the Olympics on Tudou

And on YouTube

The little bit of the opening ceremony that I saw showed a number of the participants using Nikon and Apple devices which would have annoyed Olympic sponsors Samsung and Canon.

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Five things that made my day this week:

I was late to the party on this one, but I finally got to see the video introduction that The New Yorker magazine did for its iPad application. Previously I thought that The New Yorker was a liberal middle-brow version of Reader’s Digest.

I’d read some issues but I could take it or leave it. However this video made me re-evaluate my opinion of the brand.

I was reminded of how awesome is this week. A combination is of police scanner content and ambient tracks from Soundcloud make this must-have late night background listening.

Lancôme’s Hypnôse Star film with Betty Boop is achingly smart work. Director Joann Sfar managed to make a posh mascara do so much more.

And for those of you that can’t see YouTube, here is the video on Tudou (which is longer than the YouTube version):

One of Europe’s largest dance festivals was streaming live on YouTube, I was reminded of when MTV first started off its broadcasts from Ibiza:

Finally for those of you working on social media campaigns outside china Find Your Facebook ID is a boon. After timeline came in the ID number became obscured which rendered many tools useless, however this site does what it says on the tin. Put the link of the Facebook page in and out pops the ID number, it’s that simple.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

The Feature Phone Rises (Again?) – interesting piece by Junko Yoshida that asks what is a smartphone. My definition would be a phone that still works well as a phone is a feature phone, ‘smart phones’ aren’t particularly good at phoning anyone

Black Hat finds holes in ARM, x86, embedded

TI: Customers holding off on new orders – do declining orders represent an economic slow down or very lean supply chains?

Chinese safety requirement may be de facto global standard – interesting that China have come up with a tougher standard than other countries

Silicon Valley Worries About Addiction to Devices –

FOSS Patents: Apple seeks $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung, offers half a cent per standard-essential patent

German company buys Peet’s Coffee for nearly $1 billion, will take it private –

China manufacturing improving, but job worries mount | beyondbrics

Chinese Economist Xie Warns South Korea of Conglomerate Dependence – WSJ

US Drought Could Spell Another Global Food Crisis | Mother Jones

The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry – Forbes -interesting but flawed analysis on future manufacturing technologies

Comprehensive timeline: Aurora Massacre : news – fascinating timeline on Reddit. What is interesting is the way the facts gradually coalesce and how far way this is from traditional storytelling

TelecomTV | News | Outlook for Lumia gets Gloomia

This Cease-and-Desist Letter Should Be the Model for Every Cease-and-Desist Letter – Megan Garber – The Atlantic – in tune with the brand

Nokia looks to revamp marketing strategy: FT | Reuters

Wikiweb – A Delightful Wikipedia Reader – some interesting ideas in this

Plan B apologises for wearing neo-nazi shirt, says he didn’t realise when he made it | Holy Moly!

Mail Online makes its first profit in June 2012 – Media Week

Research Company Claims Lenovo Now Second-Biggest Mobile Brand in China

Big Content pushes for tougher laws in New Zealand – Claims defeat in victory | TechEye

Jiepang Provides New POI Data and Algorithm to Empower Chinese Applications | TechNode

Communities Dominate Brands: If Apple is running away from this strategy, and Samsung growing by opposite strategy, why is Elop trying ‘exclusive’ carrier strategy for Nokia and Microsoft. He must be mad!

HP-sponsored Enyo framework hits cross-platform release | ZDNet – this is a legacy from the company’s Palm acquisition

Insight: Flood risk rampant across Asia’s factory zones | Reuters

Why Google or Facebook Buying Your Favorite Startup Means It’s Probably Toast |

Kodak Loses Patent Case Against Apple, RIM –

The real reason we’re upset about Sparrow’s acquisition – challenges to paid services versus freemium

Links of the day | 在网上找到

What’s new in Linux 3.5 – The H – improvements in security, new developments in hardware like USB connected monitors and playing catch-up with dtrace functionality with Solaris

The Secret Online Weapons Store That’ll Sell Anyone Anything – based on similar technology to the Silk Road marketplace, its like something out of an early William Gibson novel

To boldly shrink where no man has gone before – Nigel Scott on online video Becoming Digital – eerily prescient review of the media industry and how digital was likely to change it, despite having been written over a decade ago

Communities Dominate Brands: Digging Deeper into Nokia Q2 Results – and exactly how many ‘awesome’ sales was AT&T and China…

Freemium has run its course — GigaOM

Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic |

design | polychromeLAB – great idea on this jacket

China’s Retro Time Store | JWT Intelligence

Data point: Kids can help push adults to play more, but many parents have no time | JWT Intelligence

Piers Morgan on CNN

I don’t often like Piers Morgan as a media pundit, but he did a good job spurring the debate on gun control after the recent shootings at the Colorado cinema screening the latest Batman film.

Regardless of your opinion on gun control there was no point in ducking the argument. It was great television rather than the low-ball discussions that used to happen in that same slot under Larry King.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Fitch downgrades Nokia credit rating | TotalTelecom

The Olympic Police’s War on Graffiti | VICE

Communities Dominate Brands: Nokia Q2 Results: Bad bad and will be even more bad

China’s Internet Population Rises to 537 million, up 11% Annually

Nokia Payments Cause Entertainment And Devices Division Loss – Business Insider

Nokia in China: it’s all relative | – doesn’t mention that Nokia screwed over Chinese partners by abandoning MeeGO and Symbian

Here’s The Vast Sum Of Money Microsoft Spent Advertising The Windows Phone No One Wants – Business Insider

Microsoft Names Mark Penn as Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Special Projects – interesting move for Mark Penn and even more interesting that Microsoft is doubling-down on consumer insights

Nokia’s Bad Call on Smartphones – – great history of Nokia. Nokia’s research looks a bit like Xerox and its PARC arm in the 1960s and 70s (paywall)

Louis Vuitton banks on bespoke in China | (paywall)

David Cameron Says British Austerity Will Last Until 2020

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my day this week:

I must be about the only person who wasn’t psyched by the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. It is an awesome looking film but it also is the end of Christopher Nolan’s involvement in the franchise.

If one looks at the way other franchises like The Punisher and Spawn failed in being brought to film, one can appreciate Nolan’s work even more. The trailer is on Tudou so you will need to be patient with it.

I went to the CIPR social media handbook launch at Campus London where there is a shared space for start-ups and a Google office based. The best bit for me however was in the lobby where they had cubby holes stuffed with bric-a-brac and technology artifacts from an illuminated globe:
Illuminated globe
To a vintage Mac, not that dissimilar to my first machine with its Cuisinart influenced sit-up and beg layout.
Old school Mac
This is what portable computing looked like in the early 90s, you could lug the machine from one room to another.

Talking of old-school the single serve page meme got a new lease of life with the Dear Marissa Mayer page which exhorted Yahoo!’s new leader to reinvigorate Flickr.
Flickr themselves replied with their own single serve site:
This was the closest manifestation I have seen in a long time of Yahoo!’s true brand values:

  • Human
  • Fun
  • Irreverent
  • Simple
  • Modern
  • Approachable
  • Trustworthy
  • Striving

All of this single serve page fun reminded me of which must be over a decade old at least.

I received my monthly  print copy of Wired’s US edition. Ya!

Anatomy of a hoax

Around about Monday lunchtime news of a spoof Shell site appeared on my network via Richard Heap’s Twitter account @richheap.

The site was eerily reminiscent of a crowdsourcing advertising stunt that General Motors had done six years ago to get a new advert for one of its large SUVs, The Chevrolet Tahoe. This was then hijacked by environmentalists, which set alarm bells off in the back of my head because this example is well known amongst the kind of people likely to be counseling Shell – a crowdsourcing site of this nature would be well supervised or just not happened as the reputational risk was too great.

Looking at the page source and and web console views (using the Firefox browser) for both and showed that they were both similar, which made me wonder why domain was not just a redirect to a shell micro-site rather than apparently different site but built exactly the same. Some nice touches for authenticity included submitted artwork like this one below, which made it look like there was an agency asleep at the wheel:
How to spot it as fake:

The definitive evidence for me was looking at the WHOIS report for the domain:

Registrant: c/o ARCTICREADY.COM P.O. Box 821650 Vancouver, WA 98682 US Registrar:

Domain Name: ARCTICREADY.COM Created on: 29-APR-12

Expires on: 29-APR-13 Last Updated on: 09-MAY-12

Administrative Contact: UIzZJb@PRIVACYPOST.COM c/o ARCTICREADY.COM P.O. Box 821650 Vancouver, WA 98682 US +1.360-449-5933

Technical Contact: KHJlKb@PRIVACYPOST.COM c/o ARCTICREADY.COM P.O. Box 821650 Vancouver, WA 98682 US +1.360-449-5933

Domain servers in listed order: A.NS.MAYFIRST.ORG B.NS.MAYFIRST.ORG

Here is the key information that the WHOIS record provides you. Firstly, the organisers who registered their domain did a reasonable amount of work to hide who they were.

The domain name used in the email address belongs to a company that provides privacy services to domain name registrars. For someone like Shell I would have expected a contact detail of sorts or maybe even the details of the agency responsible. But I’ve used privacy offerings by registrars before so this isn’t completely out of the question.

The name servers that point to where the website sites was more interesting. is a ‘politically progressive’ internet service provider. Whoever set the website up chose to use a hosting provider that wasn’t likely to buckle on first contact with the legal department of a large oil company. They aren’t the kind of provider that Shell or an agency would go to.  This is the big telltale sign.

Greenpeace then showed their hand as reports of closed Shell service stations affected by direct action started to appear on the news.


Whilst the environment is important, and the issues surrounding deep-sea drilling in the Arctic deserve greater analysis; I was concerned about the quality of the site. It was not obvious that it was fake or satire fooling many of the the great and the good in the industry.

Instead it masqueraded as a groundswell of community action – what I would have called sock puppetry. As for the site itself, I have seen apparently successful phishing attacks built with less convincing sites.

Which brings me to a larger point. I am concerned the way organisations like Greenpeace are prepared to deceive the general public through online stunts like this. Yet if an opponent used similarly deceptive tactics there would be hell to pay. In the war of public opinion the first casualty is truth, if organisations are prepared to trample on that, how much further are they prepared to go?

There is no moral high ground of conduct, no discourse, there is only the dogmatic belief of the religious extremist; and it is that dogmatism which I find so distasteful. A website like this is the first step on a slippery slope. Not one that was slide down at great speed but in salami slices over time, which is the way moral transgressions usually progress – until you reach a place you never thought you would be and don’t really understand how you got there.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Difficult days for Facebook as share price and user base fall | The Wall Blog

BBC News – Of fake customers and virtual ‘likes’

E-book Sales Doubled in 2011 – AllThingsD

How to install & configure Octopress on a Mac, and host your static website on Amazon S3 – Moncef Belyamani

Clamshell! The Story of the Greatest Computing Form Factor of All Time |

China ‘reservations’ over WTO ruling – UnionPay currently has a lock on Yuan denominated transactions

Microsoft Faces EU Antitrust Probe Over Web-Brower Choice – Bloomberg

Levinsohn Unlikely to Stay at Yahoo, as Mayer Begins Her Talent Search – AllThingsD

“What The F*** Is iCloud?” – this is a marketing problem

Marc Andreessen Says Now’s the Time to Build Companies Like It’s 1999 – AllThingsD

From bad to worse and from good to great | asymco | Universal Music Japan in tax trouble – it would have looked to the tax authorities as tax evasion

Google’s Marissa Mayer Tapped as Yahoo’s Chief –

SMS stays strong as mobile service revenues approach $1 trillion

Throwback gadget: Sony MICROVAULT

We are used to shipping everything over the internet now, but for the past three decades the sneakernet – where data is exchanged over devices that have been delivered by hand still is an efficient way to move large amounts of data. What constituted a large amount of data has historically varied over time. I first started moving files around on 720KB and 1.44MB 31/2 inch floppy disks on my Mac and friend’s Atari ST machines in the early 1990s.

I used to get artwork, particularly photographic scans during the early part of my agency life on Iomega Zip disks that held between 100-250MB, but CD-R disks quickly eclipsed the proprietary disk format. Iomega hit back with the 750MB Zip cartridge and the expensive Jaz drive, but they missed the wave.

Apple encouraging us to ‘rip, mix, burn’ ushered in an era of large file storage on CD and DVD media. But there was niche for convenient fast file storage that didn’t require burning optical media and that was where the USB flash drive came into common usage in the early noughties.
Sony Micro Vault
I bought my first flash drive sometime in late 2003 – early 2004. Sony’s MICROVAULT was wrapped in a plastic case that mirrored the design language of the Viao computers at the time. Silver and violet plastic wrapping the technology.It had 256MB of memory, which meant that it was adequate for carting any documents I was currently working on or a couple of completed PowerPoint presentations.
My first USB flash drive
Now every company seems to give away flash drives. They have become as ubiquitous as CD-ROMs were on the front of magazine cover-mounts and in direct mail shots during the late 1990s.

The flash drive was a liberating experience, files could be written in seconds and the devices were remarkable robust. I have had one for a few years on my key ring. You didn’t need to check and verify a disk. You could bring a presentation in your pocket instead of hiking with a laptop around to meetings.

There is no loading up Dropbox on a work computer or negotiating with IT for the admin rights. However, now I no longer use a Sony MICROVAULT. The speeds and feeds of flash drives quickly became commoditised as did the quality of the electronics once manufacturers worked out out the ins and outs of the products. Sony failed to keep up with innovation in product design and instead I use an Iamkey from LaCie, which has a playful design that is robust enough to stand being on my key fob along with all my household keys.

In comparison Sony’s MICROVAULT range looks like it could have rolled out of any factory in China and is probably a Sony in name only.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Key in Weakening the Euro Stability Pact – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Gerhard Schröder being blamed presumably to get Merkel’s indecision off the hook

Not like the Queen, but like John Hurt | MetaFilterwe thought we were hosts like the Queen is at a posh garden party, when actually we’re hosts in the way that John Hurt is in Alien

The Role of Corporate Sponsorship and Language in Dystopian Fiction : The New Yorker

The Secret Lives Of Teenagers Online: A Full Report From Business Insider – Business Insider

Sportswear, websites the top choices for shoppers | – Nike, Li Ning, Taobao and Amazon China ranked among top 10 on mainland, retail survey finds (pay wall)

Analysis: Intel and Microsoft face China crisis – Expect bad results this week | TechEye

Are mobile apps an opportunity for pharma? Not likely. | pharmaphorum – the contextual consumer behaviour points are well made, not so sure about the overall conclusion though

Social media in the pharmaceutical industry 2012 event | pharmaphorum

ZTE sinks on profit warning | beyondbrics – interesting that Euro currency holding depreciation in value was one of the factors

Finland team uses Earth’s magnetic field for phone indoor positioning system

Nokia Cuts U.S. Price of Flagship Phone in Half – – gives an indication of how Windows 8 Phone is hurting Nokia. Clear the inventory press reset and hope that Windows 8 does the business for them Renamed to as Microsoft and NBC Divorce – – reading this brought back memories of my last year in college. Our house had cable and I remember watching Soledad O’Brien and a CGI character Dev Null on The Site which was one of the first products from the MSNBC joint venture.  The web seemed new and exciting then in a way that acid house and rave had seen just a few years previously

F.D.A. Surveillance of Scientists Spread to Outside Critics –

Wanted – new place names for OS maps – Telegraph – folksonomy meets where 2.0

Can’t make it to Comic-Con? Internet to the rescue — GigaOM

Official Olympic Travel Advice, From Transport from Londonist | Londonist – pretty much nails the shambles that is London’s transport infrastructure for the Olympics