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Nokia Lumia

The Nokia Lumia hasn’t got off to a great start. I got to try a Nokia Lumia 920. It had a heft to it that was similar to my Nokia Communicator E90. The Nokia Lumia hasn’t been enough to stop Samsung’s Galaxy from displacing Nokia as the world’s top cellphone brand. This is despite the quality problems that Samsung’s Galaxy III have exhibited. Imaging has been one of the Nokia Lumia strengths, the problem is that the imaging chief quit Nokia

Samsung Displaces Nokia as Top Cellphone Brand in 2012 and Takes Decisive Smartphone Lead Over Apple – IHS iSuppli®

Nokia’s imaging chief makes surprise exit • The Register

The Nokia Lumia Sellout – Most Likely A Marketing Strategy – Seeking Alpha

Consumer behaviour

More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion – “Others believe that having to rely on a mask to feel comfortable in public is a byproduct of Japanese youth becoming too accustomed to using e-mail and social networks to communicate with each other; they can’t interact with others unless there is a protective “wall” that offers them some degree of anonymity

APAC travellers want more social media | Market-interactive.com

Economics

Price comparison: How much groceries cost in Hong Kong, Beijing and London | South China Morning Post

Global semiconductor revenues set to shrink in 2012, IHS says – useful economic indicator

Quartz – China’s stock market plunging due to retail investor sentiment

Skills Don’t Pay the Bills – NYTimes.com – gap in expectations, in a social contract

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s vanishing mojo | South China Morning Post – rise of China changes perception of where Hong Kong stands in things

How to

How To Become A Hacker – Eric Raymond on hacking (rather than cracking)

Ideas

MIT Scientist Andrew McAfee Says Big Data Will Soon be Too Big for the Metric System to Handle | MIT Technology Review

The Conservative Turn Against Science – The Chronicle Review

Exploiting the implicit – MEC whitepaper

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool – Salon.com

Innovation

Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence – NYTimes.com – artificial intelligence gets another 15 minutes of fame

Next-Gen Tablets and Laptops Will Get “Cooler” With GE’s Jet Engine Technology | SiliconANGLE

3D Printing is the New Industrial Revolution? – broadstuff

Apple Joins Google in $500 Million-Plus Bid for Kodak Patents – Bloomberg

Printed electronics pilot line starts production

Touché – Carnegie Mellon University | CMU – really interesting immersive media experiments

Japan Today – Humanoid robot to keep Japanese astronaut company on space station – get more data on human | machine interaction

Korea

McClureMusic.com | NHK makes no-Korea move – has hallyu lost much of its force in Japan?

Luxury

Luxury habits mature in China | Warc.com

Study Shows Affluent Spend Money to Save Time (Infographic) | Social Media Today

Michelin Stars slammed in fear of rent hikes, | Market-interactive.com

Marketing

Agencies, media & digital companies: Your sales pitch sucks, Advertising – interesting common-sense perspective from a marketer at Dell

Media

Brands must adapt search strategies | Warc.com

Why Google Just Made iPhone King: Ads | Wired.com

Combating accidental clicks in mobile ads – Google Mobile Ads Blog

Amoeba Music’s Vinyl Vaults is no Napster – I, Cringely

Facebook makes it official — an external advertising network is coming soon — GigaOM – if this is just an ad network it could make for interesting behavioural advertising and potentially dial up relevance. If it is part of their search offering then things really take off

Facebook Has Decreased Page Reach, And Here’s Why | TechCrunch – some great data here on why a blended paid | owned content strategy is required for page owners

Dotcom: We’ve hit the jackpot – National – NZ Herald News – more legal twists and turns

Facebook Studio :: Blog | Announcing a New Pages Structure for Global Brands | Latest News and Updates

MediaPost Publications Pre-Roll Video Ad Prices Dip, Large Inventory Blamed 12/07/2012

Times of London offers $80 Nexus 7 to new digital subscribers | Geek.com

Time Spent In Mobile Apps Is Starting To Challenge Television, Flurry Says | TechCrunch

Facebook in Talks to Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform – AllThingsD

Nielsen | Social Media Report 2012

Daring Fireball: Why ‘The Daily’ Failed – there is also the problem that the content didn’t have value. It wasn’t a professional tool like the Wall Street Journal or provide something you couldn’t get elsewhere

Audio and Video Streaming in focus – Exclusive Nielsen white paper

Yahoo’s Ad Sell-Through Rate on its Log-in Page Has Plummeted | Advertising Age

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set – digital record labels trying to make premium analogue money need to manage the quality control much better

TVB shelves HK$50m plan for international channel | South China Morning Post

Online

Chinese manufacturing base Shenzhen leads country in Internet, microblog penetration: Report – The Next Web

Why We’re Building Collections – I hope that they don’t forget pinboard.in

Google exec was told to stop Tweeting | The Wall Blog – the people who are responsible for engineering social media don’t even understand how things can propagate

As of February, you’ll have two fewer characters to tweet with when you share a link on Twitter – The Next Web – trillions of links already

Twitter Loses Ability to Properly Display Instagram Photos – NYTimes.com

Google’s Searches for UnGoogleable Information to Make Mobile Search Smarter | MIT Technology Review

Yahoo sees several flaws in $2.7 billion Mexico ruling: source | Reuters – the big question is why wasn’t it disclosed in company documents in the first place

Retailing

Amazon Book Reviews Deleted in a Purge Aimed at Manipulation – NYTimes.com – interesting implication for wider social content sites as well as e-tailing

Billionaire Sells Stake in Topshop for $805 Million – NYTimes.com

Japan Today – Fast Retailing to acquire majority interest in J Brand Holdings – this reads as much about technical know-how with fabric as much as a way of moving their portfolio upmarket for Uniqlo

China Mall Developers – Time to Shop Around – China Real Time Report – WSJ

MUJI LIFE CHECK IN for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad – great example of the web of no web using a locative gaming mechanism used to drive bricks and mortar retail

Black Friday Saw Online Retail Traffic Jump 60% Year-Over-Year | WebProNews

Security

Schneier on Security: E-Mail Security in the Wake of Petraeus – interesting debate which boils back down to don’t write anything you wouldn’t anyone else see if it was made public

Apple Hires Hacker Who Helped Save Windows From Security Hell | Wired.com

ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection Standard Behind Closed Doors, Ignores Huge Privacy Implications | Techdirt

PRWeb Statement on Fraudulent ICOA Press Release – Blogging PRWeb – a tough place for PRWeb to be I feel for them

Software

Microsoft reveals cunning Windows plan below surface – It has to dump hardware partners to work | TechEye

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer defends company to shareholders – San Jose Mercury News – the key point is that Microsoft share price stands about the same level as they did a decade ago

No Google Apps on Windows 8 and WP8: User base too small to invest in | BGR

The future of software pricing: PwC

Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB • The Register – deep learning or machine intelligence depending what label you like at work

TECHNOLOGY REPORT » Blue Brain Project Update

Microsoft’s battle for consumers: it’s time to drop the Windows name | The Verge – has the Windows brand been over-extended?

Facebook Messenger for Android drops account requirement, taking on SMS and WhatsApp | The Verge – interesting how Facebook is being usurped as a communications platform

TI rolls open-source RTOS for MCUs – lower footprint than Linux which should be compelling

Windows 8 Sales: Good, Bad, or Ugly? – surprised to see quite this negative a take on things by Windows IT Pro

Lack of Distribution Is “Killing” Surface – AllThingsD

Here comes the first real alternative to iPhone and Android – Quartz

Technology

Apple loses $34.9 billion in market cap in its worst trading day in 4 years, but why? – The Next Web

London Calling: Should Apple buy ST-E or Renesas Mobile? – but what about patent licences?

Telecoms

Why ‘slow light’ might just save the Internet • The Register

Nokia Siemens sells optical network unit to Marlin Equity Partners – ok, interesting move. But will it be enough to be competitive against the new network players?

‘Can do’ approach spurs Huawei’s growth in Europe | chinadaily.com.cn

Web of no web

Apple Said to Fire Maps Manager as Flaws Hurt IPhone 5 – Bloomberg

Wireless

Samsung Galaxy S III hardware failure: Phones failing for no reason | BGR – bad NAND? Will this be like the capacitor issue that plagued PCs years ago?

European Union formally accuses Samsung of antitrust violations in patent investigation (update) | The Verge

FOSS Patents: Judge denies Apple permanent injunction, throws out Samsung’s jury misconduct claims

Samsung Exec Admits To Using Apple Products, Calls iDevice Ecosystem “Sticky” | TechCrunch

US court rules Apple’s iPhone infringes on three patents held by Sony and Nokia owned MobileMedia – The Next Web

Apple, LG Electronics Defeat Alcatel-Lucent Patent Claims – Bloomberg

The real threat that Samsung poses to Apple | asymco – really interesting article on Samsung’s strengths

On Legacy iPhones and Cannibalization – AllThingsD – the legacy phone makes up the lower price models in the Apple range

China Mobile’s Li Yue on iPhone 5: TD-SCDMA is not a problem, it’s all about business model and benefit sharing » Unwired View

King of Samsung: a chairman’s reign of cunning and corruption | The Verge

Apple vetting operators on LTE network performance » telecoms.com – it makes sense otherwise users would have a poor experience and battery life would be hammered

Exclusive: Nokia seeks to block sale of some RIM products

Ericsson’s massive mobile report: 6.4B global cellular plans, 75% of all new phones in Asia and Africa | VentureBeat