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Porn sites get more internet traffic in UK than social networks or shopping | The Guardian

Civil War in Men’s Shaving – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Two Ad Giants Chasing Google in Merger Deal – NYTimes.comWhile advertising agencies often work hand in hand with Google, Facebook and Twitter, those same companies can also work directly with companies like General Motors and Coca-Cola, including sharing data – add additional value or be canned (pay wall)

Worldwide gaming audience figures – Digital Intelligence

Reach of sports sites across Europe: Top 18 countries – Digital Intelligence

Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage • The Register

The ‘Australia tax’ is real, geo-blocking to stop | ZDNet

Google’s Gmail ‘Promotions’ Tab: Why It Won’t Hurt E-mail Marketing |

Edward Snowden’s not the story. The fate of the internet is | Technology | The Observer“If businesses or governments think they might be spied on,” Neelie Kroes said, “they will have less reason to trust the cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ultimately miss out. Why would you pay someone else to hold your commercial or other secrets, if you suspect or know they are being shared against your wishes? Front or back door – it doesn’t matter – any smart person doesn’t want the information shared at all. Customers will act rationally and providers will miss out on a great opportunity.”

China should probe foreign luxury carmakers over prices: Xinhua | Reuters

Uberflip | Behind the scenes of content marketing – (reg wall) free e-book

Deloitte Survey: Gearing up for Back-to-School, Shoppers More Upbeat but Still Sticking to The Basics

Google Glass is the next Segway says venture capitalist | T3not terribly surprised

WeChat took Facebook’s mantle in China and now it’s going global – The Next Web

Social Media and Consumer Empowerment Study | Social Media Today

OTT Messaging blossoms but SMS still growing and delivering the big revenues“During 2012 and 2013 we have seen many reports that operators are losing $20bn – $30bn in SMS revenue to OTT messaging apps,” said Karl Whitfield, a Director at Portio Research. “We see reports that OTT traffic will be double that of SMS by the end of 2013. This is wrong on both counts. It may be true that SMS revenues are levelling off and that OTT is on the rise, but SMS is still generating revenues of $15.3m per hour, 24/7, that’s a massive $133.8bn in 2013. Worldwide SMS revenue has gone up year on year since the early 1990s and will continue to be above 2010 levels until 2017. SMS was levelling off before OTT apps came along, and now MNOs are gaining revenue from increased data usage instead.

Nokia blames Microsoft for poor Windows Phone app selection- The Inquirer

Evernote Wants to Become the Nike for Your Brain: 10 Questions With CEO Phil Libin | Wired Business | – I am not an Evernote user but this is an interesting interview

The 6 Types of Digital Consumers and Their Paths to Purchase | Compete Pulse

Indonesia social media profile | Social@Ogilvy

The Power of Context and the Future of Real-time Marketing | VML – it makes sense

Newspapers: A decent proposal | The Economist – interesting comparison with the US market, however the UK doesn’t have the same infrastructure of important regional papers that the US does

Ballmer admits Microsoft built too many Surface RTs, disappointed with Windows sales | The Verge

BBC News – ‘Lads’ mags’ set cover-up deadline by Co-operative

comScore Releases the “2013 Southeast Asia Digital Future in Focus” Report – comScore, Inc

Spy agencies reportedly have a long-standing ban on Lenovo PCs due to back-door vulnerabilities – The Next Web – the interesting thing is that most laptop components come from someone else rather than the name on the outside of the machine

Insight: How Samsung is beating Apple in China | Reuters – you can make up your own mind on the conclusion but it’s a really nice overview of the divergence in MO between Apple and Samsung

Scientist banned from revealing codes used to start luxury cars | – the real question is what other dirty little secrets Volkswagen Group has gotten hidden in their technology?

China has had enough of singing competitions thank you very much: Shanghaiist