Bruce Schneier on the state of the web

Bruce Schneier on the state of the internet. Schneier is one of the smartest people on information security and the implications of how systems change

Key takeaways:

  • The internet has been changed by a change in the elites involved in running it. In the early commercial internet through to the mid-noughties their was a libertarian post-hippy element at the centre of it. You had engineers and bodies with a somewhat countercultural outlook. This is no longer the case
  • The technological models haven’t changed that much: time-sharing –> client server model –> managed services –> cloud computing
  • Locked down end points are interesting because the consumer has much less control: Apple’s app store, Kindle store etc –> new model of security; someone else takes care of it. Users have to trust vendors from iOS devices to GMail and Yahoo! Mail – what he calls feudal security. It reminds me a lot of the power of the chaebols in Korea
  • Cloud platform companies are starting to look like banks where consumer trust is being compromised. NSAgate is just a minor part of that.
  • The internet magnifies power, consumers tend to have power when technological change first comes along, existing powerful bodies take a while to get up to speed but are more effective.

Four classes of internet tools of power:

  • Content filtering / data loss prevention
  • Use control
  • Marketing
  • Surveillance – personal data collection

Facebook is changing social norms, affecting what people is normal and regular for profit. Allignment of corporate and government power: Facebook is NSA’s wet dream

  • Ubiquitous data collection is the ‘end of pre-history’ where some things were recorded to where everything is recorded.
  • Cyber-nationalism with ITU looking to wrest control of the internet from the US to local governments
  • We are a forgetting species so the technology will transform both personal and societal relationships. Second order social consequences make all this unpredictable

The nature of power is changing from hard to soft power; the nature of social control has changed dramatically. Making privacy salient makes consumers aware and less likely to adopt a service.

No part of the internet commons, but a collection of privately-owned public spaces, which affects legality and control.


Links of the day | 在网上找到

The Best Superhero Comic of the Year Is About a Crime-Solving Dog Who Loves Pizza | Underwire |

Microsoft exec on the Valley’s bias against Azure: It’s ‘running out of excuses’ | VentureBeat

What Is Needed For Top Positions In The App Stores? | Distimo

Instant 90’s Music – The 90’s button – just for fun

Grindr – Lisa Page – HyperIsland – really interesting insights on LBS design

China’s Youku Tudou collaborates with Qualcomm to boost quality of videos on mobile platforms – The Next Web

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that caught my eye this week:

The soundtrack of the week was M.I.A’s Bring The Noize which felt curiously like the imagery of an early 90s rave music video, complete with a modded Mark II Ford Fiesta XR2 and projections reminiscent of early Rhythm King record sleeves:

But the ADD-influenced backing track is the sound of now.

Every cloud supposedly has a silver lining and in the case of NSAgate it was Sang Mun’s beautifully designed ZXX fonts designed to improve privacy by making life very difficult for optical character recognition (OCR) systems. More information and download here.

Sennheiser USA put together this comparison video with theirs and competitor offerings for noise cancelling headphones. The product speaks for itself.

My old colleague Paul Armstrong (aka @themediaisdying) has branched out with his own agency and to market it is putting together a regular newsletter on all things digital.

I got to see some old friends in Hong Kong this week, when I moderated a panel for Digital Cream Hong Kong and caught up with friends from Econsultancy London.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Coke’s first name campaign hits difficulties in China | The Drum due to the variety of names

Alibaba Internal Memo Bans All Third-Party Communication Software

Sony: Gamers don’t want to buy digital | T3 – not terribly surprised due to secondhand market for games and the collectable nature of them

Grindr, Skout, Scruff, Shazam most-used apps at Cannes Lions 2013 – no confirming to stereotype at all then for creatives

China’s next chapter: Tech, manufacturing, and innovation | McKinsey & Company

Qualcomm finally completes $120m investment in Sharp, now its third-largest investor with 3.5% stake – The Next Web

China’s liquidity crunch, and what it means for everyone | FT Alphaville – (paywall)

I, Cringely Snowden and the NSA reflect a millennial climate change – I, Cringely – interesting essay on how millennial values clash with authority

From $99 and up, audio component manufacturing is returning to the U.S. | The Audiophiliac – CNET News

As CDs Spin On in Japan, Tower Records Rocks On – Japan Real Time – WSJ

RBS M&IB – Why RMB will be a global currency by 2015

Reader rapture: what will be your salvation during Google shutdown?

We have reached the end times for Google Reader and a mass of activity has been whipped up to provide people with alternatives to consume RSS feeds through.

My personal favourite is Newsblur. For people who only follow a few feeds Newsblur might be overkill. It has a number of features that make it ideal for my needs:

  • Migrating in is easy, Google Reader allows people to easily migrate. From other readers there is a standard format of file called OPML that allows you to move your feeds across in just one or two clicks
  • Feeds can be viewed in the reader in one of three formats that also allow you to see what the original page design is like. This is particularly handy from a PR perspective where position on the page can give a bit more context to coverage
  • Coverage can be shared via the Blurblog function and Newsblur supports
  • Newsblur has decent mobile clients
  • It is a paid-for model which isn’t reliant on advertising, if Google can’t flog advertising on an RSS reader product who can
  • It polls feeds much faster than other products that I have tried
  • Newsblur’s training feature helps filter out irrelevant content and highlight pertinent content, which is invaluable for PROs
  • Newsblur’s code is open source

Veteran Mac RSS reader NetNewsWire has been resurrected by Black Pixel and version four has a back-end that is independent of Google Reader. This was the first RSS reader that I used. I personally prefer Newsblur now, but it is good to see some of the innovation that has come out in the current open beta.

Feedly saw a surge in users when the news about Google Reader was initially announced. The media love its minimal look, but it can be too clever for its own good and hard to use. I personally found this didn’t work for the way I read and bookmark content. I have a similar view of Flipboard.

The Old Reader was designed by people who liked Google Reader just the way it was. Newsvibe has an even cleaner look than the old reader if that kind of thing floats your boat.

The wild card in the mix for me is AOL Reader. No that isn’t a typo, AOL: ‘You’ve got mail’ and the people who provided my Mum and Dad with the CDs that they hang from their apple trees to scare away birds from attacking the fruit has launched a decent looking RSS reader. It is web based but mobile and tablet friendly. Probably one of the biggest challenges would be finding a memorable AOL ID to use.

More information
The Old Reader
AOL Reader
Online Journalism list of RSS readers


Links of the day | 在网上找到

Catering to the self-expressive Chinese consumer – less focus on the corporate brand, more on the product level brand

Social media analytics in action |

3D-Printed Batteries Could Be the Solution to Our Lithium Woes | Motherboard

Measuring the iTunes video store | asymco

WeChat Gets In-App Purchases; Pics Slick But Will Users Like It?

Line Opens Sponsored Channels for Third-Party Apps – consumers rewarded for interacting with brand content in LINE

Global Social Unrest – Euromonitor International – youth unemployment, perceived income inequality and feelings of being outside society. Rather sounds like the Scarman Report from the early 1980s after the Brixton Riots

The Evolving Luxury Landscape in Asia – Euromonitor International

How to Squeeze 1,000 Terabytes of Data onto a Single DVD | SiliconANGLE

Marissa Mayer Has Quietly Cut 1,000 Jobs At Yahoo – Business Insider – quarterly appraisals. I hope that the planning cycle has moved beyond the 6 weeks of planning and run hell for leather to execute that used to happen each quarter

Schneier on Security: US Offensive Cyberwar Policy – interesting comparison with the cold war nuclear stand-off

Beiersdorf Could Complement P&G – Euromonitor International – if it did happen let’s hope it would be better than what has happened to Braun

TelecomTV | DT launches its M2M development kit/community/platform

China Fuels Solitary Cigarettes Growth Region’ – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Germany in 2030: Population to Fall to Pre-1990 Levels – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

I, Cringely IBM to customers: Your hand is staining my window – this all feels likes the early 1990s again when IBM changed its business model around mainframes to book more profit in the short term and were caught by the short and curlies and ended the career of John Akers

Reuters Institute survey reveals growing global popularity of live blogs | PressGazette

For HBO and Apple, a long process to partner on TV | The Verge

WhatsApp Surpasses 250 Million Active Users – Digits – WSJ

The creepier web tracking technology that will replace cookies – The Globe and Mail – profiling systems

Wi-Fi Alliance kicks off 11ac certification – Rethink Wireless – interesting given that there are already 802.11ac products on sale

Deep Packet Inspection: Market Analysis & Forecasts | ARCchart

Microsoft Explored Deal for Nokia – – it wouldn’t make sense on balance. Microsoft has what it needs from Nokia already, though Naviteq maybe an interesting buy

Music to work by

I have been working at home over the weekend and wanted a soundtrack beyond the low hum of the air conditioner to accompany my PowerPoint-mongering. This was the list of tracks that I came up with in order to keep up a steady ambient noise of about 70 dB. Any additional recommendations welcome in the comments section, I would be interested in seeing what other people work to:

Name Artist Album Year
Rumble / Spirit of America Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
Song To The Siren The Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust 1995
Absurb (Whitewash Mix) Fluke Progressive History X 2001
Cherry Twist The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Belfast Orbital The Hacienda Classics (Disc 2) 2006
Leave You Far Behind (Lunatics Roller
Coaster Mix)
Lunatic Calm The Matrix (Music from the Motion Picture) 1999
Santa Cruz Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 1995
Escape to Beyond the Planet of the Super
Apollo 440 Dude Descending a Staircase 2003
3am Eternal (Blue Danube Orbital Mix) The KLF Auntie Aubrey’s Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty Part 2 UK [Disc 1] 1989
Elektrobank The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole 1997
Atom Bomb (Atomix 1) Fluke Progressive History X 2001
Second Chapter Enigma The Cross Of Changes 2005
Papua New Guinea (Monsoon Mix) The Future Sound Of London Clubbed Out                 1996
Drown In the Now (feat. Matisyahu) The Crystal Method Divided By Night 2009
Be Thankful For What You Got Massive Attack Blue Lines 1991
Little Fluffy Clouds – Cumulonimbus The Orb Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions 1991
I Need Something Stronger Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
God Is a DJ (Radio Mix) Faithless I Want More – Single 1998
The Box (Part 1) Orbital Orbital 20 1
Spybreak (Short One) Propellerheads The Matrix (Music from the Motion Picture) 1999
Offshore Chicane Fantazia Club Classics disc 2
Sunset (Bird Of Prey) Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 2000
The Private Psychedelic Reel The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole 1997
Push The Limits (133 Bpm) (ATB Remix) Enigma Lsd – Love Sensuality Devotion 10
High On Your Own Supply (Instrumental
Apollo 440 Gettin’ High On Your Own Supply 1999
She’s My Pusher The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Trans Fatty Acid Lamb The K&D Sessions [Disc 1] 1998
Poor Leno Röyksopp XX Twenty Years – Ministry of Sound 2011
Safe From Harm Massive Attack Blue Lines 1991
The Voice Of Enigma Enigma Mcmxc A.D 1992
7 Moby Play 1999
Going Out Of My Head Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 1996
Get A Move On Mr. Scruff Blazing The Crop 1999
Dig Your Own Hole The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole 1997
Pain Is a Close Up Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
World Looking In Morcheeba Fragments Of Freedom 2000
Bad Stone The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Salt Water Chicane XX Twenty Years – Ministry of Sound 2011
I Love You…I’ll Kill You Enigma The Cross Of Changes 2005
Le Voyage de Penelope Air Moon Safari 1998
Carrera Rapida Apollo 440 Electro Glide in Blue 1997
Superstylin’ Groove Armada Greatest Hits 2001
Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack Blue Lines 1991
If Things Were Perfect Moby Play 1999
Setting Sun The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole 1997
Gangster Trippin Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 1998
What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix) Röyksopp Pacha Ibiza Classics 2010
Knocking On Forbidden Doors Enigma Mcmxc A.D 1992
Millennium Fever Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
Jaded The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix) The Sabres of Paradise XX Twenty Years – Ministry of Sound 2011
Breathe (Banzai Republic’s X-Hale Remix) Télépopmusik Buddha-Bar VI [Disc 2] 2004
Lebanese Blonde [Instrumental] Thievery Corporation Chilled Ibiza [Disc 1] 2000
New Star in the Sky (Chanson Pour Solal) Air Moon Safari 1998
Machete Moby Play 1999
White Man’s Throat Apollo 440 Electro Glide in Blue 1997
Right Here, Right Now Fatboy Slim The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder 1999
Bullet (Bullion) Fluke Progressive History X 2001
T.N.T. For The Brain (Midnight Man Remix) Enigma Lsd – Love Sensuality Devotion 10
Belong Sasha Involver
Comin’ Back The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Once More (FT Explore Satan Mix) The Orb Auntie Aubrey’s Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty Part 2 UK [Disc 1] 2001
Astral America Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
Remind Orbital Orbital 20 1
Tranceillusion V.F.R Renaissance-The Mix Collection (Disc 2)-10th Anniv 2004
Talisman Air Moon Safari 1998
At The River Groove Armada Greatest Hits 1999
Inside Moby Play 1999
Guinea Pig (Musical Variation /
M.A.N.D.Y. & Smallboy Remix)
Ben Watt & M.A.N.D.Y. Focus On: Buzzin’ Fly (Mixed by Chris Woodward) 2010
The Perfect Crime (Instrumental Version) Apollo 440 Gettin’ High On Your Own Supply 1999
Callas Went Away Enigma Mcmxc A.D 1992
Dwr Budr Orbital In Sides 1996
Sticky End The Orb U.F.Orb 1992
Squirt (Rissotto Vox) Fluke Progressive History X 2001
A Canterbury Tale Dreadzone Second Light 1995
Vapor Trail The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Film Me & Finish Me Off Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1994
Drippy Banco de Gaia Pi 1999
Age Of Loneliness (Carly’s Song) Enigma The Cross Of Changes 2005
Style (Radio Edit) Orbital Orbital 20 1
My Weakness Moby Play 1999
Ce Matin-La Air Moon Safari 1998
Keep On Believing Beanfield DJ-Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister 1996
Towers Of Dub (Mad Professor Remix) The Orb Blue Room 1992
Autumn Leaves (Irresistible Force Mix) Coldcut Clubbed Out 1996
Pain In Any Language Apollo 440 Electro Glide in Blue 1997
Life, Love And Unity Dreadzone Second Light 1995
Lush 3-2 Orbital Orbital 2 1991
High Roller The Crystal Method Vegas 1997
Mea Culpa Enigma Mcmxc A.D 1992
Slid (Full Version) Fluke Progressive History X 2001
Run On Moby Play 1999
Stealth Requiem Apollo 440 Millennium Fever 1995
Asylum The Orb Orblivion 1997
Kelly Watch the Stars Air Moon Safari 1998
Gone (K&D Session) David Holmes The K&D Sessions [Disc 2] 1998
Never Say? James Bong DJ-Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister 1996
Adnans Orbital In Sides 1996
Cave Of Angels Dreadzone Second Light 1995
Divided By Night The Crystal Method Divided By Night 2009



Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my day this week.

My listening has alternated between the comfort food for the ears of early 1990s dance on the Deconstruction label to streams from the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog.

Social@Ogilvy came up with handy ready reckoner for social media platforms: Hong Kong’s social media equivalents: Infographic.

It was interesting to watch Aldi and Kellogg’s duke it out on YouTube over copy cat brands.

In stark contrast, at the tail-end of the early 1990s recession; United Biscuits successfully took ASDA to court in 1997 for passing off over the supermarkets Puffin biscuits which were considered a copycat brand of UB’s own McVitie’s Penguins.

Web 2.0 is dead long live Fluent. O’Reilly Conferences finally left behind the web2.0 conference as the web as a platform became ubiquitous. It’s successor Fluent which is about extending out in different ways to create what I call the web-of-no-web.

The most interesting interview done at that where things move beyond the browser was Brady Forrest of PCH International (an Irish company based in Shenzhen).

The programmable world is interesting because of its potential, but it poses two problems that aren’t addressed:

  • Privacy
  • Information security

Also how will this programmable world / internet-of-things affect energy consumption, given that the internet and associated data centres created a spike in energy consumption? What will be the net net? Any energy gain is likely to be difused and harder to address.

This week I am reading Millward-Brown’s iPad magazine Perspectives on the iPad.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Fred Wilson: Venture capital as we know it will cease to exist | PandoDaily – not as many at least. I can’t see hard innovation being financed by Kickstarter

Social media measurement, after Madrid – Philip Sheldrake

Room service no more: why luxury is leaving the middle class behind | – hollowing out of the middle classes probably at play

RIP, American Dream? Why It’s So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead Today – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic – the US now has a class system

Huawei talks up Nokia deal in smartphone market consolidation – FT.comMr Yu predicted that the smartphone market would consolidate to about three or four companies – and warned that Microsoft’s Windows phone platform used by Nokia as well as Huawei was “weak” (paywall) – I guess that’s one of the reasons why Microsoft is reputedly paying developers $100,000 to port their application to Windows Phone 8

UK inflation: five graphs that show why prices are rising – Telegraph – quite a BusinessInsider-esque article. In short wages outpaced by Consumer Price Index, rising food price inflation, rising clothing costs attributed to the cold May, jump in energy prices with the exception of the filling station which was moderated by vehicle fuel duty freeze

Taxpayers are looking increasingly exposed on the back of Co-op downgrade | Left Foot Forward

Adobe Looks At Enhanced Campaigns’ Impact On CPCs, Tweaks Media Optimizer Algorithm | WebProNews

mobygratis – great for not-for-profit and independent film makers and some interesting benefits for Moby in terms of distribution and incremental YouTube ad revenue / iTunes click to buy options

Chrome Web Store – Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate – Google Chrome only

Future Perspective – Privacy, from data to people

GroupM Next study illuminates evolving role of digital – WPP

Sailfish UI tour

Jolla is an interesting company in terms of the way it has built its business on the ashes of Nokia’s innovation. The new Jolla smartphone launched a month ago is trying to harness the community as a kind of western version of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Tech and its MIUI Android skin.

The Sailfish operating system is a major step forward from Xiaomi’s offering however. Have a look at this walkthrough of Jolla’s approach to business and the user experience of the operating system.

One of the most pertinent things for me was when Marc Dixon talks about phone usage, being able to use ones thumb to control the device sitting the palm of the hand. It is wisdom that you would hear time and time again from the likes of Ericsson and Nokia but seems to be lost with many of today’s smartphone manufacturers (cough, cough Samsung).

I was interested in buying their phone to replace the Nokia series 40 handset I currently use as my second phone. The Other Half phone that they have launched takes the old Nokia idea of customised cases that clip on to a handset and extends it.

The cases can now not only be made from different colours of plastic could apply different hardware or software. They can customise the phone’s theme so its all colour-co-ordinated. And they act as a cover to a user-removable battery.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

CIA spooks picked Amazon’s ‘superior’ cloud over IBM • The Register – IBM years behind

Mapping China’s middle class | McKinsey & Company – (reg wall)

China’s Great Uprooting – Moving 250 Million Into Cities – – huge upheaval

ISPs to include porn filters as standard in UK by 2014 (Wired UK) – Perry said parents were “complacent” about the risks of online pornography, pointing out that only four in ten parents use some kind of internet filtering at home.

Diane Abbott warns of ‘forces’ against ‘effective protection of children online’ (Wired UK) – difficult ethical call but Digital Britain under threat by people trying to do the right thing as they see it

A heads up for the June 2013 OED release | Oxford English Dictionary – tweet as in a micro blog post got in despite not having been a term used for 10 years

Millennials become the ‘smartphone generation’|

China Debt Sale Fails for First Time in 23 Months on Cash Crunch – Bloomberg

Has China exaggerated the “Leftover Women” problem? | ChinaHush – impact of traditional values versus modern roles for women places unrealistic expectations on them

Whistleblower welcome in China – Xinhua – interesting op-ed, but not state-sanctioned offer

Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance |

The Washington Post Launches “Sponsored Views” – The Washington Post – sells op-ed spots as advertising

I like: Adobe Nordic’s Photoshop Live

A fun brand building piece by Adobe that brings alive the power of Photoshop in the right hands

It garnered over 13.5 million views in a week.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Derivatives: Innovation In The Era of Financial Regulation | Demos – or just read Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

Fuck the Forest Documentary Sees Failure in Carnal Idealism – SPIEGEL ONLINE – it’s like a social enterprise meets Nathan Barley. I really don’t know what to say

TelecomTV | News | Google in the dock as EC investigates Android the Trojan Horse“IBM rose and fell across about 40 years, Microsoft arguably across 30. It looks like Google might complete the cycle well inside 20.”

A Big Night Out in… Magaluf! | VICE United KingdomIt’s Blake’s “Jerusalem” remixed by Avicii.

Slideshow: Inside IBM’s superconductor lab

ITC recommends import ban against Android-based Samsung devices | MacNews – high stakes poker

ITC recommends import ban against Android-based Samsung devices | MacNews

At the Cable Show, an industry fights cord-cutting with technology | The Verge

BMI sues Pandora, calling radio station purchase a ‘stunt’ | The Verge

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry | The Verge“You’re at the point right now where a studio would rather invest $250 million in one film for a real shot at the brass ring,” he said, “than make a whole bunch of really interesting, deeply personal — and even maybe historical — projects that may get lost in the shuffle because there’s only 24 hours.”

France won’t support EU-US free-trade talks if film, TV industry are affected – The Washington Post

Yahoo to broadcast Sky News morning show across website network | – reinforces stereotypes about the kind of audience Yahoo! has

Finnish carrier DNA confirms it will be the first to launch Jolla phones running Sailfish

Communities Dominate Brands: Location Is The Speedbump on Mobile Highway – Understanding how futile ‘Location’ is as a driver of any mobile service concept

Yahoo invites people to get a new ID | CNET News – interesting move, one of the things that AOL had problems with was running out of meaningful IDs. Also says a lot about how much Yahoo! IDs are dormant

RBS chief Stephen Hester forced to go as Chancellor George Osborne paves way for sell-off – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

Facebook to introduce clickable hashtags | – acknowledgement that a lot of content on Facebook is syndicated from Twitter?

Google Glass TeardownIt is currently available in limited beta to eminent members of the tech community and to a selection of “Glass Explorers”. As members of the latter program, we are delighted to be able to explore Glass.

Growing up on a rich diet of dystopian tech fiction, we were filled with both intrigue and concern about Glass and decided to take our model apart to bring you a detailed view into the electronics guts of the device.

Gargoyles represent the embarrassing side of the Central Intelligence Corporation. Instead of using laptops, they wear their computers on their bodies, broken up into separate modules that hang on the waist, on the back, on the headset. They serve as human surveillance devices, recording everything that happens around them. Nothing looks stupider; these getups are the modern-day equivalent of the slide-rule scabbard or the calculator pouch on the belt, marking the user as belonging to a class that is at once above and far below human society.— Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

NSA revelations damaging for American tech companies … especially in China – GeekWire – interesting perspective on how the ‘trojan horse’ status of US tech companies may affect their brands abroad

Exclusive: Hewlett-Packard has slashed R&D spending to fraction of valley norms – – surprised how much Yahoo! spends on R&D

Cloud Platform Blog: Google BigQuery gets bigger, faster, and smarter with big result sets and new analytics functions

Cassidy: NSA Prism surveillance program sullies digital relationships –

CERN | Restoring the first website – gives you an idea of how transient digital history is, even with open standards rather than proprietary document standards

Why young adults are more connected than ever before | FreshNetworks London

Coca-Cola Opens Bottling Plant in Myanmar – Euromonitor International

Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard • The Register – and you think that ‘data center’ technology is innovative, in reality it hasn’t changed in 30 years

For New Business Development, Agencies See Facebook As Overrated – err yes, which is one reason why the numbers don’t stack up on Facebook and TBG Digital were so controversial

danah boyd | apophenia » where “nothing to hide” fails as logic

A Strong Yuan Hurts China in More Ways Than One – Bloomberg

Fueled by cheap credit, two Thai tycoons spend $27 billion on acquisitions – Quartz – Iceland with sweet chilli sauce?

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

Interesting take on naval architecture from Cesar Harada. It could be interesting for wave derived alternative power projects.

The big challenges would include:

  • Materials due to the mechanical movement which would require very different properties to normal hull designs
  • Efficient use of capacity on board the ship given this shape-changing design
  • Marine insurance: as this design will alter risk profiles

Ze Frank’s set of films: Sad Cat Diary and Sad Dog Diary had me in stitches:

Apple’s WWDC keynote showed some interesting directions and features to both iOS 7 and OSX Mavericks. Apple’s core technology review document for Mavericks makes for interesting reading (if you are that way inclined).

Adobe had partnered with Forrester Research to come up with a whitepaper highlighting ways of improving digital experience (reg wall).

The Becks New Zealand project to make an Edison cylinder from a beer bottle is really interesting, more here: