Who’s Behind the E-paper FES Watch? – Digits – WSJ – interesting the way Sony has become an internal VC operation. It makes sense since they need disruptive innovation and they still have smart people. The disappointing bit was hearing them working with an external product design agency given the industrial design strength of the company historically
Tightening too frightening for UK | HSBC – interest rate increase and lower than expected economic growth
Oh No They Didn’t: European Parliament Calls For Break Up Of Google | SearchEngineLand – inevitable but not sure it will make an impact, Google must have expected this?
Maglev elevators are coming that can go up, down, and sideways | Quartz – I love this
Flickr is about to sell off your Creative Commons photos | Dazed – Tech entrepreneur Stewart Butterfield left the company in 2008, but says that Yahoo-ordained plan is “a little shortsighted”. He added: “It’s hard to imagine the revenue from selling the prints will cover the cost of lost goodwill”. It’s the equivalent of looking for pennies that may have fallen down a crack in the sofa
Supermarket own-brands generate more than half of UK grocery sales | BrandRepublic – bad news for CPG brands
Things that made my day this week.
A frickin’ laser-cut record. How awesome is this?
A simple but delightful Japanese Vine
A totally awesome Japanese game for the Sony PlayStation featuring Godzilla and all manner of kaiju. The odd thing about this Bandai Namco game is that it is for the PS3 rather than the PS4
A smooth jazz version of Van Halen’s Running With The Devil, which seems to use studio stems of this rock classic. It works amazingly well
Finally a video of park life in Beijing. It is hard to emphasise the amount of smoking that happens in China, so this video shows you instead
China has ‘wasted’ $6.8tn in investment, warn Beijing researchers – FT.com – define wasted
The click-through rate is not dead, it’s morphed into a zombie | Marketing Magazine – interesting that this has been associated with CTR rather than impressions which is a better analogue of cost per hour from the FT’s point-of-view
Edelman, TransCanada to split after Greenpeace strategy document leak | PR Week – “The conversation about Energy East has turned into a debate about our choice of agency partner,” the statement continued. “We need to get back to a conversation about the project itself, and as a result we have agreed that it is in the best interests of the project that we do not extend our contract with Edelman.” I would have thought that move won’t have been good for Greenpeace either in terms of moving the conversation away from the environment
European Identity: Strength or Weakness? | INSEAD – interesting question to pose, as an Irish national my perspective is that it is a definite strength. We are young nation unencumbered the baggage of former glories; having stepped out from having been colonised. Whilst we had corrupt bankers this doesn’t invalidate the idea of Europe
Tumblr Is Now The Fastest Growing Social Media Platform, Edging Out Instagram and Pinterest by @mattsouthern – blogging by another name
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer ‘safe haven for TERRORISM’ • The Register – I feel uneasy about this. How would you feel if the Royal Mail or Fedex was responsible for reading your mail?
How Technology Is Changing Media | Buzzfeed – a media pack masquerading as interactive post but lacking in subtlety
2014: The year Facebook organic reach died | The Drum – made its point clearly
Drone Flights Face FAA Hit – WSJ – increased regulation in the US on commercial usage likely to cramp marketplace in short term, but provide clear framework in the medium-to-long term
Sony Predicts Electronics Recovery | Variety – components rather than finished products
「TOYOTA FUN CHAIN」| DRIVING KIDS with TOYOTA – interesting Toyota effort to make driving relevant for young people
Uber removed blog post from data science team that examined link between prostitution and rides – the gift that keeps on giving for communications professionals
Regin: Top-tier espionage tool enables stealthy surveillance | Symantec Security Response – interesting whitepaper outlining a spying tool. Might it be a UK one? It’s possible given that 9% of the targets were Irish and none where in the US. But Ireland is also a financial centre and has one interesting defence company Timoney Technologies so it would depend who the Irish targets are
Grilled: the Daily Mirror’s deputy 3am editor Hannah Hope | PR Week – interesting traditional media planning cycle (paywall)
White House Push To Allow FBI Phone Hacks Could Hurt Intelligence Gathering – Defense One – very similar to the kind of points made back in the early days of online cryptography
The Grumpy Economist: Dusty corners of the market – anomalies exist in hard to trade paper presumably if they were easy to trade the opportunity would be capitalised upon as it appears
My friend and former colleague Matthias Lüfkens will be ecstatic that he has another government Twitter account to include in the Burson-Marsteller Twiplomacy project that has been a personal passion of his.
Canada rolled out an official global account
In reality Canada has had a number of digital diplomacy accounts before aimed at specific interest groups like the European Union or Iran. But don’t let those wrinkles get in the way of a good story.
And the internet (actually just over half of them Canadian internauts) responded back. As with most political discussions online this was a male-dominated discussion.
The conversation areas touched upon seemed to mirror the kind of issues that are currently rippling through Canadian politics: the environment, care for veterans. Conversationalists also name-dropped well-loved Canadian brands like the Tim Hortons coffee chain.
The biggest shock for me was that the account showed blatant favouritism towards Hootsuite compared to other Canadian social monitoring companies like Sysomos. Hootsuite was the only commercial entity that the account followed in what looks like a case of casual nepotism.
This is the proof that the 1% have been running the show for 800 years | Quartz – know your place serfs
Rescuing gadgets from the golden age of ‘Made in Japan’ | The Japan Times – inspiring and deeply saddening at the same time
デザインアンダーグラウンド – ラジカセ・ヴィンテージ家電、オーディオの販売・修理 – Design Underground Factory restoring beautiful Made In Japan consumer electronics
South Korea puts cost of reunification with North Korea at US$500 billion | South China Morning Post – and I bet it would go up from there due to corruption and security issues
Recode Drops Comments | Recode – a blog without comments, also has implications for time on site, if I was an advertiser with them I would find this choice very curious
Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs | Ars Technica – the problem is that this has been discredited by experts a number of times and they keep trotting it out
Technics To Launch FLAC Music Download Store Powered By 7Digital – hypebot – nice to see the name resurrected now about some decent pro-audio and DJ gear?
Huawei: KRYDER STORAGE CRISIS is REAL and ‘we’re working on it’ | The Register – is the cause of Kryder’s Law shrinkage a move to SSD and lack of investment in disk science?
Apple Releases Its Most Important Typeface In 20 Years | FastCompany – download the font, really nice
‘Qualcomm’s opportunities greater than challenges’ | RTHK – waiting for the second shoe to drop
Samsung will make far fewer phones next year | GigaOM – reducing SKUs, tidying up the brand and extensions. I guess this also means less risk, innovation and the decline of their successful ‘fast failure’ model
FB Techwire | Facebook – yet another way of wringing money out of businesses that do ‘over promotional’ posts
Opera’s app store will replace Nokia Store on feature phones | GigaOM – and on Symbian handsets
Why Apple’s absurd valuation makes perfect sense | Quartz – it does seem insane to me….