Links of the day | 在网上找到

Amazon’s mainland unit closes vendor after report of fake cosmetics | South China Morning Post – Amazon has very little of the Chinese market but this shows that its brand can’t offer a more authentic shopping experience than TaoBao

How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation | Harvard Business Review – you get the democracy that you pay for

Chinese Publisher CITIC for the First Time Profited from Digital Books in 2013 | TechNode

Renren targets students | WARC – no real surprise given RenRen has a very young active membership anyway

Pentagon confirms study into reliance on (Russian) RD-180 engine underway « Space Politics – makes sanctions a bit hard when spy satellites depend on Russian engines

Café de Coral charity drive takes wrong turn | Marketing Interactive – brands need to be so careful with charity / product consumption promotions wrapped up as CSR

Baselworld Brand Book 2014 – BASELWORLD 2014 – great example of digital luxury marketing

Augmedix nabs $3.2M for a Google Glass app made just for doctors | VentureBeat – Jumps on dying bandwagon

Retail sales lead weakness in business activity, China Beige Book survey finds | South China Morning Post – (paywall)

I, Cringely An impending black swan for electric cars – I, Cringely – the battery technology could shake up goods in general

Please take this pledge: I will not hire the unqualified children of my friends as summer interns | Quartz – interesting stance against middle class privilege

China Mobile’s annual profits just fell for the first time in 14 years – Quartz – due to building out 4G network, disruption by OTT messaging companies and selling te iPhone

What China’s responses to Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine tell us – The Asahi Shimbun – I think this is probably a bit optimistic

The Price of Music | Re/code

UPDATE 2-Tencent sharpens focus on WeChat expansion | Reuters – nice breakdown on the Tencent finances

This summer’s most coveted new gadget may be an air conditioner – Quartz – if Dieter Rams designed an air-con unit this is what it would have looked like

Invaluable | Asymco – really interesting article on profits in smartphone sector

EnfoDesk: China B2C Market Hit 763.71 Billion Yuan in 2013 — China Internet Watch

Multi channel marketing options – Smart Insights Digital – analysis of 40+ channels

Debt and Innovation | Excapite

Check Out How Coca Cola Makes the Most of WeChat Marketing — China Internet Watch

Tencent profit 22% higher | RTHK

How do you sell a luxury fabric online? | HSBC

WeChat sees resurgent growth, now has 355 million active users | Techinasia

Nu Skin says it’s likely to be fined by Chinese authorities | SCMP – (paywall)

Why New Yorkers could pay for acceding to Alibaba’s ‘Open sesame’ | SCMP – (paywall)

London ‘Draining Life’ From Rest of U.K. Economy | Time – not really a new phenomena but interesting that Time is writing about it

Newsflash: Sony unveils “Project Morpheus”, new virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4 | Rocketnews24 – interesting, I wonder how they cope with the motion sickness and will software developers step up to the plate with innovative content rather just a string of first person shooters?

In San Francisco, Landlords Are Evicting Some Tenants For Using Airbnb | Fast Company

Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024 | South China Morning Post – (paywall)

Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed | EE Times

Visual translator app Waygo adds Japanese to its slate – The Next Web

The Role of Second Tier Cities: Comparison by Country – Euromonitor International

What’s the Potential of a Potential Impression? Understanding the Twitter Metric | Simply Measured

How Would Facebook Ever Use 97.25 Percent Accurate Face Recognition? | The Machines – be afraid

Mobile shopping trends: Over 50s most likely to ‘showroom’ while in store – Digital Intelligence

Global ad spending by medium: Internet gets 1 in 5 ad dollars – Digital Intelligence

The Duplication Complex: Failing to Acknowledge the Importance of ‘Mobile-Only’ Audiences – comScore, Inc

Chinese Social Scientist Says Internet Hipster-Geek Slang Will Destabilize Their Society | Geekosystem

Bassline: The UK Dance Scene That Was Killed by the Police | VICE United Kingdom – let them eat bingo

Hong Kong has more millionaires than ever – but one in 10 are considering leaving the city | South China Morning Post – (paywall)

Happy birthday Hello Kitty! Superstar cat celebrates 40th anniversary | South China Morning Post – (paywall)

South Korea is building casinos for Chinese tourists who can’t afford gambling in Macau anymore

Revived Chinon goes retro with digital camera that looks like movie camera – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun – I love the look of this, its also really sad to hear how Japan’s manufacturing capabilities have died off in this way

Chinese Travel Willingness Report in 2014 — China Internet Watch

Cashing in with Chips | Improving Efficiency in Semiconductor R&D | Alix Partners

If Microsoft doesn’t loosen up, Firefox won’t be the last to abandon it

Contracts as Technology | Organisations and Markets

IBM denies assisting NSA in customer spying | ZDNet

Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To Order – ReadWrite

Yandex buys Tel Aviv’s KitLocate for low-power location service technology — GigaOm

Inside Airbnb’s Grand Hotel Plans | Fast Company

Apple introduces 8 GB iPhone 5c to help boost disappointing sales (update: now on European Apple stores) | 9to5Mac

Yahoo Wants To “Tell Better Stories” With New Motion Ads | Marketingland

Asia’s richest man’s latest vote of confidence in Europe is a dual-listed Watsons IPO – Quartz