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Startup Sherpa Bets Its Predictive Smartphone Assistant Can Best Google Now | MIT Technology Review – Sherpa is mobile assistant that performs searches on the web, takes notes, posts content to Facebook and stream music on command. The app had a big impact in Spanish speaking markets. It uses Android’s speech recognition API. Sherpa competes against Google voice search and provides an equivalent service to Siri on the iPhone.


DAFT PUNK | In the studio

Consumer behaviour

Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings have a hard time paying for content — paidContentmedia‘s big challenge


Why Your Kid Can’t Get a Job – Forbes

Debt burden could grow to ‘unsustainable’ levels: IMF | Irish Examiner

BBC News – The Great British class calculator: What class are you? – nice exploration of the UK’s socio economic landscape

College Grads May Be Stuck In Low-Skill Jobs – this all feels very early 1990s all over again

BBC News – Should Britain let go of London?

The UK Energy Crisis in 3 simple awareness-raising pictures • The Register – freaky weather and precarious natural gas supplies. Time to go nuclear

Why Twenty-Somethings Aren’t Doomed to Be Poor (but Thirty-Somethings Might Be) – Atlantic Mobile


LINK – Statistics – interesting data points on ATM usage in UK

How to

3 Free SEO Tools for Identifying Target Keywords | Search Engine Journal

Hubspot-The Complete Guide to Global Social Media Marketing.pdf_微盘下载 – good download from CIC Data


Mercedes-Benz introduces CLA 45 AMG model amid leaping dancers – Quartz

China: No Longer Largest Art Market | Sports and Culture Blog – this may have something to do with the way capital flight happens so may not count as a Chinese purchase

Vera Wang scraps $500 China try-on fee, knockoffs still flourish | Reuters


White Paper: Why the Brand Idea Still Matters in the Age of Social Media | JWT Blog


What Advertisers Think About Mobile – Business Insider

For Facebook Ads, How Targeted Is Too Targeted? – AllFacebook – friends aren’t necessarily like you

What You Need to Know About Pinterest Web Analytics | VML

WPP makes strategic investment in SFX Entertainment – WPP

Ad Agencies Frustrated As Yahoo Focuses Energy Elsewhere | Advertising Age


Amazon Acquires Social Reading Site Goodreads, Which Gives The Company A Social Advantage Over Apple | TechCrunch

Experian Hitwise report: UK online video exceeds one billion visits a month {client} – Dot Comms – Find out about the UK’s online video consumption in latest Experian Hitwise UK’s report

What’s Actually Wrong with Yahoo’s Purchase of Summly :: Hacking, Distributed

Apple’s broken promise: why doesn’t iCloud ‘just work’? | The Verge

Let’s Say FeedBurner Shuts Down… | CSS-Tricks

Facebook moves to defuse algorithm row – Brand Republic NewsOne industry source claimed the natural reach of posts it made on behalf of a brand with one of the biggest Facebook followings in the UK has dropped from 15% to 5% after the change to the EdgeRank algorithm


Customers Flee Wal-Mart Empty Shelves for Target, Costco – Bloomberg – running stores too lean in staff has meant that shelves can’t be restocked in sufficient time to keep selling product


Saudi Arabia “Threatens Skype Ban” – also messaging services

Schneier on Security: Our Internet Surveillance State


Google Play risks destroying the market for premium apps on Android, believes Flexion Mobile – dramatic headline, but the dynamics described are not surprising

Chromium Blog: Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project – expect a wider range of web testing for future mobile and desktop browsers

Gartner: Microsoft’s dominance of computing is over | T3 – I think Gartner is premature in its assumption. For instance, all computing platforms aren’t created equal in terms of value creation

Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft • The Register


iPhone data usage: Phablets seen as a fad | BGR

The Facebook Phone & The Triumph Of Native Apps Over HTML5 – ReadWrite

What, exactly, WiFiSLAM is, and why Apple acquired it – The Next Web

Apple’s first quarter of negative income growth since 2003 – Fortune – interesting analysis of the data