Yahoo China begins shutdown – Globaltimes.cn – will Yahoo China properties like flickr start to get blocked then I wonder since there wouldn’t be anyone in Yahoo China to harmonise the content?
Yahoo China stops providing news and community services, hinting at shutdown of its operations – The Next Web – Yahoo China also has local versions of its media content like TechCrunch and similar titles that were rolled up in the Aol deal.
Power Of Purpose – seems obvious. Companies that have a clear mission tend to do better from a reputational standpoint
Landor Associates – Branding in the new era of ecosystems
I, Cringely I was, uh, wrong: Chromecast does what Google claims – I, Cringely
AboutTheData.com – really interesting public project by Axicom Corporation in the US to help consumers understand the data held about them. It should be a boon to planning directors as well looking for inspiration
Facebook Begins Penalizing “Low Quality” Content on Pages
The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2013 | INSEAD Knowledge
High Costs and Errors of German Transition to Renewable Energy – SPIEGEL ONLINE
Entrepreneurs or the state: Innovation comes from public investment. – Slate Magazine – interesting essay on the role that government plays in catalysing innovation (more than you’d think)
Busting Innovation Myths | INSEAD Knowledge
For Rich Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong Loses Luxury Luster – Scene Asia – WSJ
Experience Marketing is the New Integrated Marketing Model | Chief Marketer
Global Multichannel Marketing – Accenture – (PDF)
Multichannel Marketing – Direct Marketing News – useful supplement to take a read of
National Geographic Found – great source of inspiration
Ten Facts About MailOnline, the Site That Ate the News | Media – Advertising Age – The site reaches 19% of all U.S. women ages 25 to 34 online.
Yahoo unveils new logo as symbol of company’s progress | VentureBeat – sweet Jesus, no it feels so wrong
Ministry of Sound sues Spotify for copyright infringement | theguardian.com – interesting case
Sony betting big on 4K, launches Video Unlimited 4K download service — Tech News and Analysis
Wretch to withdraw from the social media competition｜WantChinaTimes.com – Yahoo! consolidating services
Cameron Porn – too much time on their hands
Seamless Retail – Accenture – (PDF)
The Future Shopper – Kantar Retail – (PDF)
More than 1 in 8 UK shops face closure, says study – FT.com – “The (UK) retail sector is bigger than health, education, defence –and yet it doesn’t have a minister”
Discounters lead the way in grocery market growth – RTÉ News– Tesco got a real kicking in terms of market share
Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying – The Washington Post
Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
NSA Laughs at PCs, Prefers Hacking Routers and Switches | Threat Level | Wired.com
Boffins follow TOR breadcrumbs to identify users • The Register
Kakao launches KakaoGroup, a private group communication app that pairs with its messaging service – The Next Web
One Microsoft On, Ballmer Out, ValueAct In. Get Ready for More at MSFT – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD
Thailand’s Chang Allows Followers To Order Home Deliveries on WeChat – this is the first time I have seen a brand use WeChat in a non-Chinese language
At the Heart Of Verizon-Vodafone, Differing Outlooks for the U.S. Market – WSJ – Vodafone’s move is a bet that the US market has peaked or is close to peaking
Microsoft Raced to $7.2 Billion Deal With Soul-Searching Nokia – Bloomberg – the financing aspect that Microsoft is giving the rest of Nokia is interesting. If Nokia are that pressed how will they be able to compete on future network technologies like 5G?
Microsoft Board Shows Little Taste for Bold Choice in CEO – WSJ.com – interesting questions about the wisdom of having Bill Gates as chairman (paywall)
BBC News – Microsoft to buy Nokia mobile phone unit – does this preclude the truncated Nokia from buying a business like Jolla?
Verizon Reaches Agreement to Acquire Vodafone’s 45 Percent Interest in Verizon Wireless for $130 Billion – I think that it’s a bad deal for Vodafone in that so much of it is actually in Verizon paper rather than in cash. It’s cheaper for Verizon than one realises