Paul Oakenfold on TechCrunch

Interesting interview with Paul Oakenfold and TechCrunch, its a weird combination I know but bear with it:

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‘Gangnam Style’ Viral Popularity in U.S. Has Koreans Puzzled, Gratified – Speakeasy – WSJ – interesting take

nvPY Is a Fast, Free, Syncing Note-Taking App for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s half man, half machine | ExtremeTech

Starbucks Wants to Turn Its Coffee and Old Baked Goods Into Laundry Detergent

How I cracked my neighbor’s WiFi password without breaking a sweat | Ars Technica

TSMC refuses exclusive deals for Apple and Qualcomm – Rethink Wireless

Uh Oh! Amazon Researchers Say Pinterest Doesn’t Generate A Lot Of Sales – Business Insider

Is Google’s Synonym Matching Increasing? How Searchers & Brands Can Be Both Helped & Hurt By Evolving Understanding Of Intent

‘Triangular debt’ squeezes HK exporters’ supply chain | – tight credit in China and foreign buyers taking longer to pay their bills moving from 60 to 90 day terms(paywall)

I.B.M. Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World –

Foxconn International hit with $226M loss on slumping smartphone orders | VentureBeat

Further Fed easing not predestined: Fisher | Reuters

How Apple is customising consumer behaviour – Open Box Communication

Analysis: Big cuts still ahead on Britain’s road to clear deficit | Reuters – things are about to get harder, expect a decade of pain

iOS and Android Adoption Explodes Internationally

InMobi advertising removed – Dabr blog – interesting publisher feedback

Inside Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that’s rattling nerves in DC | CNET News

Artifact on the dawn of the web

I was watching this MTV clip from 1995, which was roughly when I first started using the web. I’d had access to email earlier during my time working for Corning prior to attending university.

MTV programming at the time felt radical because of it’s editing style which was considered to move at break neck speed, but now it feels bitty (because the content was harvested and recycled from earlier interviews and film trailers to fit their needs), not particularly fast and I don’t get the sense of information overload MTV was considered to induce at the time.

A number of things fascinated me about the clip:

  • Musicians had an authority (look at the way Moby in particular is quite erudite about the social aspects of the web) about interface between consumers and technology that they don’t seem to have now. I guess electronic music was thought to be symbiotic in some way, I get the sense culture and technology aren’t as tightly wrapped as they were
  • The timelessness of legal and regulatory issues. The moral outrage is undimmed but libertarianism seems to have taken a back seat
  • The love-hate relationship that the media industry had with the Internet, in particular the struggle of celebrities to deal with largely frictionless news flow ‘creepy’, ‘kind of scary’, ‘hard to deal with’ does as much to help us be more widely known as ‘concert bootlegs’ – a seemingly prophetic argument for piracy
  • Michael Jackson’s live fan chat reminded me of Marketters4DC and AOL back when it was media destination
  • Privacy whilst not articulated as an issue in the segment seemed be one with past online conversations trawled and printed out and handed back to one person in the mention
  • The difference in language that was used to describe web content and consumer behaviour related to use of Internet technologies: cyber porn, cyber voyagers, ‘special interest truck-stops called websites’, ‘network browser programmes’ aka web browser and virtual reality
  • The difference in the level of excitement about people being able to connect meaningfully
  • The level of creativity that early web content showed at an amateur standard. The norms have blandified the web
  • The confluence between what early web users experienced and cyberpunk fiction: you can see artistic cues from The Lawnmower man all over the this video
  • Virtual reality: what every happened to that. I remember trying a virtual reality headset game at the then newly opened Odeon cinema complex in Bromborough and being impressed by it at the time. But it failed to use the web as a springboard. We’ve had a few starts with metaverses, augmented reality apps (Layar) and MMORGs but not the kind of breakthrough promised

One final thing, MTV was supposed to be cool back then, but Comic Sans was never cool, really surprised to see it being used on the clip instead of Chicago or something similar.

The video is on so may take a while.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Apple’s Tim Cook Adds Engineering VPs to Executive Management Team; Mansfield to Stay – AllThingsD – interesting that Bob Mansfield has been hauled out of retirement after two months

Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit by Jeffrey Yoo Warren — Kickstarter

Silicon Valley’s Hardware Renaissance –

Groklaw – Jury in Apple v. Samsung Goofed, Damages Reduced — Uh Oh. What’s Wrong With this Picture? ~pj Updated 3Xs

Will Apple now sue Google? – Fortune Tech

Copying Works: How Samsung’s Decision to Mimic Apple Paid Off in Spades | PandoDaily

Convert any image to HTML5 canvas | Experiments on GNU/Linux

Can Someone Please Beg Google to Make Their Search Engine Useful Again? | Mother Jones

Sweet? Mayer Declares That It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time at Yahoo – AllThingsD – cutting back on meetings and endless process for the sake of process. However it also needs to have direction that doesn’t change week by week

The Japanese Mon

I was reminded about the Japanese Mon when I came across this manhole cover design.
A Mon is a symbol usually based on a some sort of natural form with various degrees of abstraction to make it a simple easily replicable shape. It was used in fabric prints as a uniform to show a family affiliation and on battle standards. The closest western equivalent would be heraldry.

High ranking Mon’s like the three hollyhock leaves of the Tokugawa clan or the chrysanthemum blossom of the imperial household were protected from missuse by both social convention and by law – an early trademark.

If you have seen a Japanese car, TV or air-conditioning unit then you would recognise the stylised three water chestnuts design Mon of Mitsubishi Group.

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MPs call for FATCA-style automatic disclosure of UK citizens’ foreign tax affairs

ITC: Apple didn’t infringe two Google patents | MacNews

Expand Your Brand’s Fan Base on Facebook | About Social Media

PR in the PRC – Sixty Second View

What’s a WeJIT? ~ I, Cringely – lightweight collaboration tools would it threaten Exchange or Outlook? What about security?

JavaScript video technology only 17 years in the making ~ I, Cringely

Use the FORD Technique to Make Small Talk Easier

How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy: Scientific American – making the process hard to use, makes piracy more attractive

Exclusive: Apple-Samsung juror speaks out | Apple – CNET News

American Vogue’s September issue causing postal problems – Telegraph – good to see that print adverts are doing well somewhere

Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case –

Aftersales email best practice from ASOS | Econsultancy

China’s Economy Besieged by Buildup of Unsold Goods –

Dell, HP and the folly of the consumer PC business | ZDNet

Nokia, Samsung, Others Form In-Location Alliance for Indoor Location

Helen Edwards: TripAdvisor and the looming decline of user-generated content | Marketing Blogs

Samsung: power, corruption and lies – The Kernel

Samsung Calls BS On Apple’s Charges Of Copying @

Samsung store looks like Apple store

Google facing irrelevance in China • The Register

South Korea Court Says Samsung, Apple Infringed Each Other’s Patents –

The Cheapest Generation – The Atlantic – possessions like cars and big televisions no longer of interest for younger people – reminds me a lot of early gen-x to be honest with you

Sony axing Liverpool game studio, ends Psygnosis’ 28-year history – Engadget – sad

Black Widow | Dustin Curtis – interesting analysis of Twitter and a warning about APIs

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s to launch own-brand video streaming service | The Verge

LG says started production of new screen, as Apple plans product launch | Reuters

China’s ‘B’ Shares Getting Erased as ‘A’ Shares Boom – WSJ

China: gloomy factory output survey | beyondbrics

‘Shirato Family’ star alongside Tommy Lee Jones in Boss-SoftBank crossover commercials ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion – love the crossover idea

Ex-Yahoo: Marissa Mayer Needs To Fire 10,000 People And Get Rid Of All The BlackBerrys – Business Insider

Communication Skills – Conversation as Communication by Gerard M Blair was one of the best guides I came across to be a people manager

Darpa Has Seen the Future of Computing … And It’s Analog |

11 friendly tips to help PRs write effective press releases | Econsultancy

How ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Social Media Are Upending Music – – what comes through in this article to me is the serendipity rather than science

Special Report: UK banks face scandal over toxic insurance products | Reuters

Nine brands making great use of Instagram, and one that isn’t | Econsultancy

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Thanks to Boston Dynamics and The Atlantic for this quality mash-up of a robot strutting his stuff to Stayin’ Alive.

I wish they could make one smart enough that would shove the guy in the clip back; not go all ED-209 on him, but stand up for robotic dignity. Hating on robots is the new racism.

The presidential campaigns in the US have got underway and a more militant tone is being taken to get the Jewish vote in the Democrat corner:

It’s a small thing but Percent Calculator is a real life-saver

Jo Nesbo’s Jackpot is a Coen Brother-style film played out in a Norwegian plastic Christmas tree factory that employees former convicts

I’ve only been able to find the trailer on YouTube so far, so apologies to those of you that can’t view it.

Crocodile on the Yangtze looks awesome, a documentary about how Jack Ma’s Alibaba won against eBay. China wasn’t the only market that eBay lost out in (for instance against Yahoo! Auctions in Japan) but it was one that showed how Silicon Valley could be out-innovated. More on IMDB.

Interesting: BMW Zagato coupé

Living in London means that I have a car free existence, so the last time I really paid a great deal of attention to car design was prior to the summer of 1998.
BMW Zagato coupe
© Copyright BMW AG, München, Deutschland.
I found the BMW Zagato design collaboration interesting for a couple of reasons:

  • It is a modern car with distinctly ‘classic’ lines. There are hints of pre-1970s Bristols, the Lancia Aurelia coupé (from the mid-1950s) and the Datsun 240Z Fairlady in the layout. This is very different to the BMW M1 sportscar that hung on my wall as a kid and had a much more futuristic feel to its design. As a society (at least in the western hemisphere) we aren’t looking forwards so much any more, there are no great leaps forward like the space race or the earlier stages of Silicon Valley
  • Some of the lines in the body work remind me of Jack Telnack’s New Edge design language for Ford that looked to create surface tension by adding creases to smooth aerodynamic shapes. It is interesting to see how ideas ripple across time and sectors of an industry.

More information
New designer to take a seat at Ford’s drawing board – New York Times
BMW Zagato coupé – BMW PressClub Global

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Made in America, by robots

Amazon Web Services Blog: Amazon Glacier: Archival Storage for One Penny Per GB Per Month – sounds ideal for online back ups if it had an easy to use client or the iDisk replacement I want

Doubling down in search results – Dot Comms – how Google’s new SERPs design affects SEO

Sina Weibo New Design Leaked | China Internet Watch – interesting for brands

Monocolumn – Is Sweden’s paternity leave breeding flagging fathers? [Monocle]

Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK – for now • The Register

Oversharers need not apply « BBH Labs

Simultaneous media use growing in UK:

Chinese shopper habits evolve:

Nike’s ambush marketing rests on design: News from

Social ad budgets remain low in APAC:

63-year-old engineer may be Japan’s last ninja ‹ Japan Today so sad

Big Porn v. Big Web Ruling Could Spell Trouble for ICANN

Everything Everywhere in spectrum talks –

Can a Computer Tell Us What Makes Paris Look Like Paris? – The Atlantic

Jing Daily: China Is One Of The Most Exciting Places To Be An Architect Right Now

Prospects for “F-commerce” mixed in UK: News from

Juggle work and play in style with Samsung GALAXY S DUOS | SAMSUNG TOMORROW Global

DEAR FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES: Here’s The Truth About Your Stock Price – Business Insider – interesting how it matches this

Fantasy Apple TV | Monday Note – interesting that this is coming up whilst Hulu owners aren’t sure what to do with the business. I suspect the AppleTV speculation is more about media industry shadow boxing

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORT: Brands get with the programme – Campaign Asia-Pacific

Changing media and storytelling

Interesting presentation on brand storytelling and the changing media landscape:

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Apple, Samsung Report No Progress in Trimming Patent Case – Bloomberg

And Now Facebook’s Bankers Are Divvying Up The $100 Million They Made Shorting Facebook’s Stock – Business Insider

How to Save Yourself From a Defamation Suit: Hedge, Snark, Link – The Atlantic

Scientists develop lithium-ion battery that charges 120 times faster than normal | ExtremeTech

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram | ExtremeTech

Hackers backdoor the human brain, successfully extract sensitive data | ExtremeTech – expect HR departments to get hold of this technology soon

Dan Rather: Those Who Doubted China’s Rise Underestimated ‘Power of the People’ | Asia Society

The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory – Technology Review

Private justice: How Hollywood money put a Brit behind bars | Ars Technica – what is disturbing about this the failures in due process like the RIPA authorisation paperwork

comScore Releases White Paper: “The Economics of Online Advertising: How Viewable and Validated Impressions Create Digital Scarcity and Affect Publisher Economics” | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Why Mobile Optimisation is Essential for Social & Sharing

Facebook’s Got a Brand Problem | Digiday

Android is winning – if you’re writing apps for China. Elsewhere, though… |

New Media Knowledge – BBC’s ‘VirtualBagel’ experiment does not prove Facebook Advertising ineffective

Tom Holland: Five years after crisis began, we still can’t see the elephant | – (paywall)

Sina Weibo Plans Google+-Inspired, Advertising-Focused Redesign

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

It’s been a long and development-filled week so I crashed on Friday night instead of finishing this post, my bad. Anyway my five things this week:

My colleague Laura showed this inventive Walmart advert (sorry it’s on YouTube so some of you may not be able to view it). It emphasises family values and slapstick humour.

I watched The Bourne Legacy earlier this week and I still don’t know what to make of it.

Kudos to BlinkBox for having a mix of ad-supported free programmes and pay per view films and TV series.

This public service announcement video was done in 1995 after Cindy Gaffney was inspired by an SGI workstation internet technology demonstration at a conference.

At the time, this seemed fantastic, yet now Skype, Viber and Weixin are my phone services, Amazon is is my department store. Google Earth allowed my parents to revisit some of the places in Ireland where they spent their courtship together. My job is ‘on the internet’ as the video puts it.

I can vividly remember using the System 7 OS on the Macs in the background and used to own a Mac back when they were in a similar place to where RIM and Nokia are at the moment.

Bryan Singer is producing a cool new web series called H+ which acts as a cautionary tale to technology augmenting the brain. Some of the interface designs are really nice, expect them to appear as prior art in a technology IP court case at some point in the future.

Apologies this week to those of my audience who can’t see the video content which seems to be exclusively on YouTube this week.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

China: mapping the territory – PMLiVE

Multilingual professional lorem ipsum generator for typographers – includes kanji and Chinese characters

Mobile app startups are failing like it’s 1999 | @andrewchen

Standard Chartered eyes joint deal after backing down in U.S.| Reuters

Germany Reopens Facebook Privacy Inquiry –

Data: What the Fortune Global 100 are doing (and not doing) on social media | Trends in the Living Networks – gradual progression. The big surprise is that more corporates are using Google+ than Pinterest

Matt Cutts: Google Updates Will Be Jarring For A While | WebProNews

The ‘experts’ who never see BBM will never understand RIM • The Register – interesting contrarian take on RIM by Andrew Orlowski. Much of it is correct, I think that the issue however is one of investor, banker and carrier confidence. I hope Orlowski is right

Samsung’s Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple • The Register – is it just me or has Samsung’s lawyers just made Samsung management sound hateful for making a young mother only get two hours sleep a night?

Communities Dominate Brands: Smartphone Market Shares Q2 Full Numbers – Samsung and Android solidifying their leads

CSR Debuts First SiRFstarV™ Chip Optimised for Mobile Devices – Selected by LG Electronics for New Flagship Smartphone  – GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass system capabilities

Altagamma – interesting luxury industry study done in June 2012

BBC’s Mark Thompson moves to New York Times. Crikey – Telegraph Blogs – the most interesting thing for me about this is what it says about the changing media landscape.

Penn Schoen Berland research on values held by American consumers

I came across this research on American attitudes by Penn Schoen Berland for the Aspen Institute.

What I found fascinating about this data was that it emphasised how different American values are to Europeans and the slow social liberalisation of US respondents at a generational level:

  • Healthcare was considered to be a government responsibility
  • I was surprised that two thirds of younger respondents didn’t think that free enterprise didn’t contribute to strong American values – which I think will have implications about how implement corporate (and social) responsibility programmes in the future

However this social liberalisation doesn’t extend to gun control or freedom of speech beyond a narrowly definition, meaning a move away from the more traditional libertarian view of speech.

There was consensus that the current US economic system was unfair to working class and middle class Americans.

Considering all this change I was a bit puzzled the rise of the right and the move away from old style Republicanism in politics? The only things that I could see in the data that supported the schism is that the majority of respondents thought lobbyists had too much power in politics and that too much political money is spent by small groups and individuals on campaigns (guessing that’s Super PACs).

The presentation is on Slideshare so may not be available to all viewers.