John Markoff and Steven Levy are better known to non-US audiences for their non-fiction books about the technology sector, but are actually veteran journalists who have covered the technology sector for the business press over the past three decades. I would recommend Steven Levy’s Insanely Great and What the Doormouse said by John Markoff respectively.
Estée Lauder Companies Hires Irene Kim and Tavi Gevinson | L2 – the bloggers have profiles that I wouldn’t have expected Estée Lauder to have gone for. My main concern is that too much emphasis was put influence in the marketing mix, by Estée Lauder and others particularly for brand building
China’s official GDP charade is in—and, surprise! It’s 7% – Quartz – it would be good to see PMI data alongside the GDP numbers. More economics related content here.
This vintage marketing video by a post-Jobs Apple that talks up (rather optimistically) early MIDI computer music
Vice is being widely touted as a modern-day CNN or BBC, but a significant amount of its output looks to me like it is the modern day equivalent of the mondo film. This film on Mexican black magic being a classic example
Step Aside Black Friday – Meet Prime Day | Business Wire – interesting that Amazon is not including it’s China business in this. More retailing related posts here
TSMC Overtakes Intel in Chip Capex Ranking | EE Times – interesting that Sony is surging up there as well with its CMOS sensors
Dual-SIM smartphone sales to hit half a billion next year | TotalTele.com – waiting for the dual SIM option on the iPhone :-). A good deal of this is down to having SIMs that allow consumers to pick the best packages for them. For instance making weekend calls on one SIM; or using its data plan; whilst still being available for inbound calls on another number. This tends to be more popular in developing world countries
Apple and Google Partners | Re/code – Google partners starts to look a look a lot like Microsoft in terms of the adverse relationships that its partners have. Google partners mirror the history of Microsoft partners like Nokia, HTC, Nortel, PC manufacturers and Sendo