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Beyonce Sells 1 Million Albums on Apple’s iTunes in Five Days – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD – non-piracy aspects at work affecting the sale of the latest Beyonce album.
Beyonce is arguably the most popular performer in the music industry right now. Beyonce has amplified her work through making visual albums. Despite all this even her music has become devalued as background rather than something to be actively enjoyed. Secondly the music industry focuses on blockbusters rather than the tail which would have put more pressure on her more experimental works.
Why Shell nixed a $20 billion gas-to-liquids project – CSMonitor.com – shale and fracking isn’t as promising as believed or as commercially viable yet…
Daiwa Securities increases target price on MediaTek – The China Post – interesting contrast with Qualcomm
The Beauty Implications of a Chinese Baby Boom – Euromonitor International – expect more girl consumer power
Information Processing: The dawn of genetic engineering? – Blade Runner style replicants next stop?
Can Companies Keep Their Entrepreneurs In-House? – Corporate Intelligence – WSJ – basically not much chance
Burberry Scales Back Social Media | L2’s The Daily – did social media make the brand too accessible?
Nike Launches Christmas-Themed Shoes for Kobe, LeBron, and Durant – Businessweek – is the market being over-exploited
Picture quality might be an issue for HKTV | South China Morning Post – interesting that they are running an a game around the terrestial licence process and going straight to mobile OTT services and online delivery (paywall)
Trends in Social Sharing: The Rise of Pinterest | Gigya’s Blog – some interesting data on social sharing by platform
微视 8秒无限欢乐 – Weishi is a Chinese application similar to Vine that makes 8-second videos, connects into your WeChat account. It is being promoted by having celebrity accounts on there
Facebook Screwed Lots Of Retailers – Business Insider – and you are surprised because?
Password Managers Exposing Passwords Everywhere – depressing reading
Research shows how MacBook Webcams can spy on their users without warning – attack the microcontrollers not the CPU
This company is betting millions that you’ll use cartoon bears instead of English – Quartz – the bit that the authors don’t seem to get is that stickers are a social lubricant rather than a language per se
Spotiamp – nice ode to WinAmp
ongoing by Tim Bray · Is 4K BS? – yes you can do without them. They are also impressive close up, you can notice the difference in retina and normal screens on phones, however I do think there is a law of diminishing returns at work
Web of no web
Weibo: Huawei, ZTE chase ‘cool’, Xiaomi chases Apple | South China Morning Post – following in this case looks slow and ungainly
Apple – Press Info – China Mobile & Apple Bring iPhone to China Mobile’s 4G & 3G Networks on January 17, 2014 – interesting that there is no pricing information yet