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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 vs. Apple iPad Pro buyer’s guide – Business Insider – or why the whole tablet versus laptop debate is a bit moot

British Draft Law Threatens Data Encryption and Privacy | Grey Coder – no real surprise at the level of stupidity involved in this bill

Xiaomi launches new phone to counter Huawei challenge – – Huawei’s smartphone sales have grown more than 80 per cent year-on-year in China, while by some measures Xiaomi has seen year-on-year declines, according to Canalys. IDC, on the other hand, reported that Xiaomi had year-on-year Chinese smartphone sales growth of 11 per cent in the three months to September. (paywall)

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs – Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster

Japanese adult site will donate to AIDS charity—if you can resist looking at their breasts – interesting the way they developed this site

Amazon Pulls Subway Ads for ‘Man in the High Castle’ Amid Backlash to Nazi Insignia | NBC New York – how on earth did this get approved

These companies are betting on hard-to-reach fossil fuels, and it could cost them billions – given the industry is cyclical this could actually look smarter than the headline indicates

Samurai, spy, commando: who were the real ninja? Aeon Magazine – they had me at the title

Operator 24 Seven’s National Roaming Solution Aims to Tackle Network Not-Spots – domestic roaming

Future Visions – really smart project from Microsoft

We chew over CCS Insight’s look into the fu-ture-ture-ture-ture • The Register – idea of QNX being owned by automakers is interesting

Domino’s Offers One-button Pizza Ordering: Cheesy Button | Technabob – it was only a matter of time

With TV Viewing Changing, Networks Take Longer to Drop Shows – The New York Times – “It’s going to take a little longer to evaluate the metrics,” he said. “The overnights are just not the complete picture anymore, and every viewer counts.” (paywall)

Rich Countries Don’t Want Coal – Slate – which leaves coal open as a possible replacement chemical feedstock precursor as oil declines?

The euro crisis was not a government-debt crisis – Economist – (paywall)

Audi content engine – Audi self driving car – thanks to Azeem

Tencent to fully open WeChat Payment for overseas transactions: Shanghais – Chinese Internet giant Tencent has just announced that it will completely open the mobile payment service offered on its social messaging app WeChat to overseas transactions, making it much easier

The Last Days Of Marissa Mayer? – Forbes – Yahoo!’s core business with 4 billion USD in revenue is worth less than nothing

Sky Q for Gen – CCS Insight – interesting lack of focus on streaming media with a lot of local storage

SFX Entertainment Nearing Bankruptcy – Magnetic Magazine – interesting times that could bring a hammer blow to EDM

Paris Terrorists Used Double ROT-13 Encryption – Bruce Schneier – no cryptography used at all

Activist investor Starboard asks Yahoo to sell core business instead of Alibaba stake because of concerns over large shareholder tax bill (Wall Street Journal) – which makes sense if you’ve read Bob Cringely’s analysis on Yahoo!

Soma Group Video Calls Launched | Soma Blog – threat to Skype

Blackberry taking ‘balanced’ approach to encryption, lawful intercept – Fedscoop – so basically don’t use Blackberry

A Chinese billionaire bought a $170 million painting with an American Express to get the points – Quartz – the best ad for Amex ever

brandchannel: Is VICELAND the Disneyfication of VICE or the VICE-ification of Disney? – and from a marketers perspective that’s a bad thing because?

Official Google Blog: Introducing the new Google+ – whilst it is likely to look interesting, we’ll see if consumer interest gets on board. In terms of position it reminds me a lot of Douban – the Chinese social network that revolves around passion points: books, music, art, photography etc.

The Dawn of Commercial Digital Recording by Thomas Pine – ARSC Journal – (PDF) fascinating reading

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week. I have been quiet on here as El Capitan has a real problem with memory leakage with regards to, this necessitated a complete rebuild of the computer (which didn’t solve anything) and an eventual pruning of the library. This is a real software quality problem for Apple.

Piers Sanderson, who I first met a few years ago has put out a new film called the Art of The DJ which uses the story of Steve Lawler to tell the wider story of the rise of the superstar DJ. When I met Piers he was struggling to get sponsorship to pay for the licensing rights to the music in his acid house film High on Hope. This time around, he has Lawler’s record label backing him and the documentary has been realised as a paid for stream through Lawler’s Facebook page. If you want to watch it it costs 3.50GBP.

Taco Bell managed to make a brand event out of their rescue of the original Taco Bell store, which is being moved to Taco Bell headquarters for posterity. More from the old school web cam footage here.

Jakob was just your average IP infringing online oversharer until the Business Software Alliance (basically Microsoft) legaled him in his native Czech Republic. He was offered a deal to appear in an anti-piracy film and had to gain 200,000 viewers. It looked like a win for the software owners, in reality Jakob has become a figure that netizens seem to have rallied around if you look at the comments on his video.

I read Liar’s Poker in college and enjoyed his book the big short that is ostensively about investors who realised first that the mortgage market was unsustainable, but acted as a insiders guide to mortgage cons in a similar way to his insiders view of derivatives in Liars Poker over 25 years earlier. Hollywood is hoping to cash in on Lewis’ book in the same way that it did with Money Ball and the trailer looks awesome (thanks for the heads up James).

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my day this week.

A special mention would go to the National Lottery whose website this evening showed how not to cater for peak demand as I explained to my Dad what 503 and 404  error codes were over the phone when he couldn’t purchase his Euromillions ticket for at least and hour. I hope his number doesn’t come in this time, otherwise he will be insufferable. Having worked on National Lottery online projects before and known how brutal they can be on testing for Facebook apps this downtime was especially surprising.

Y&R Philippines’ ‘Water Lamp’ for North Face Wins Tinta Awards | Marketing Innovation – basic electro-chemistry meant that chemically treated paper and water created enough electricity to power an LED light for 12 hours.

Liquid Stop Sign: Emergency Laser Projection on Sheet of Water | Web Urbanist – has a real ‘Blade Runner’ feel to it

To give you an idea of the clout that Alibaba and their Single’s Day sale has in China on November 11 each year – you only have to look at the TV spectacular that Jack Ma and company put on featuring the likes of Daniel Craig and Kevin Spacey in his President Frank Underwood character

Porta Estel·lar or Stargate for those of you who don’t speak Catalan is an amazing immersive art installation built inside the chassis

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Cross-Device Tracking Creates New Privacy Concerns, FTC Says | Advertising Age – “They do this under the veil of anonymous identifiers and hashed P.I.I. [personally-identifiable information], but these identifiers are still persistent and can provide a strong link to the same individual online and offline,” Ms. Ramirez said, in language that challenges the typical rhetoric from companies that track consumers.”Not only can these profiles be used to draw sensitive inferences about consumers, there is also a risk of unexpected and unwelcome use of data generated from cross-device tracking” (paywall)

Five myths about the Chinese economy | McKinsey & Company – China has been faking it. it’s economy lacks the capacity to innovate, environmental degradation is at a point of no return, unproductive investment & rising debt fuels its rapid growth and its stability is threatened by polarising inequity – nice piece by McKinsey that points the counterarguments to these oft-quoted ideas

The limits of digital

A few articles that I read over the past few days highlighted the edges of digital. The FT published an analysis on the modern problems that digital has wrought on the advertising industry.

Jeff Goodby, chairman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners – a successful longtime American advertising agency said:

In the past, he said, the only true measure of success was whether the public knew and cared about your work. “You could get into a cab and find out, in a mile or two, whether you mattered in life, just by asking the driver.” Now, “No one knows what we do any more.”

In essence advertising campaigns had lost talkability, positive brand associations and long term memorability – the kind of things that you would think of being important in terms of marketing’s role in brand building.

Brands, particularly emerging brands like designers have it as bad as advertising agencies, here’s fashion site Man Repeller on the challenges of building a brand:

When I first started working in fashion retail, coming from a fine arts background, I thought it would be completely different. Working with the clothes but also seeing the way it had to recycle every six months got me thinking about the branding that gets pushed upon designers. I think it happens in all creative fields because of social media. I see it with a lot of my peers. We see the same obsession with youth — young painters — in the art world that you have in fashion with young designers, the same pressure for a cohesive vision. At 25? Nobody knows what they’re doing at 25. And that’s totally fine. You’re still finding yourself. And there has to be more room to find yourself when you’re young as opposed to this pressure to emerge as a fully formed Greek myth coming out with her uncracked egg, or whatever.

Which impacts the kind of businesses likely to grow in the future. They are likely to be ‘culturally stunted’.

The noisy environment of social has meant that brands are also distorting themselves to get cut through, Vice magazine covered what can only be described as sociopathic brand personalities of independent coffee shop chains in London.

Or Instagram baiting street side billboards like a pub landlord who misquotes Enoch Powell and thinks that the National Front aren’t serious on race issues

More information
How the Mad Men lost the plot | FT
MR Round Table: The Burnout Generation – Man Repeller
London Is Tearing Itself Apart Because of Coffee Shop Sidewalk Signs | VICE

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Chinese e-commerce firm sees revenue rise 52 per cent – SCMP – I bet that Amazon didn’t have a similar growth rate in China

China’s Strategy For Global Technology Dominance By Any Means Necessary – Forbes – nice outline of US China fault lines

Can Facebook Messenger kill off apps? – Telegraph – I was surprised by the Viber numbers on this, I didn’t think it was that active, WeChat seems to be the target of the article placement and the Facebook exec ignores app constellations – Tencent, Netease, NHN, Google etc.

So many Apple devices now! What’s an app maker to do? – CNET – I have been thinking about this particularly with regards to tablet devices, tablet devices are a particular issue. A combination of form factors with the iPad Pro and longer hardware upgrade times than smartphones

Hutchison eyes next wave of growth | South China Morning Post – likely international expansion

Chinese Scientists Unveil New Stealth Material Breakthrough – Defense One – this must be uncomfortable for the US

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day generates $3.9 billion in sales in the first hour | VentureBeat – which just gives you an idea of the size of China’s consumer base

Brandwatch on luxury brands

Not the most polished presentation but good content by Brandwatch on the state of digital and social with regards luxury brands.

More about Brandwatch here.

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I, Cringely Amazon’s cloud monopoly – I, Cringely – Bob Cringely provides some interesting insights into the market position of Amazon regarding cloud services

iPhone Vs Samsung: Apple is still the marketshare leader | BGR – Apple still commands more than 90% of all the profits in the smartphone market

adam&eveDDB, Temptations Dress Up Cats for the Holidays – Ad Week – blatant link bait

Has Essena O’Neill signalled the end of influencer marketing? | Econsultancy – probably not, but it does beg the question are the fees worth it?

product insights from wechat — Medium – interesting WeChat insights

WeChat reading rates are dropping. How much, and why? – In mid-2015, the number of views of WeChat subscription accounts started to decline. Some popular accounts saw a decline of more than 50% in readership

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What The Boardroom Thinks About Data Breach Liability | Dark Reading – cybersecurity risk vs cost of insurance premiums. Expect the insurers to force innovation and better practices on large corporates rather then doing it off their own bat, a case in point being Sony Entertainment breach and TalkTalk

Tablet users indifferent to upgrades | TechEye – because they work well on their current consumption media use cases

Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon’s brains • The Register – nice summary of where Huawei is from

Vulnerable Coffee Machine Demonstrates Brewing Security Challenges Of IoT | Dark Reading – not terribly surprising. The problem is that in categories like TVs, you no longer an purchase a ‘dumb’ option

Microsoft says that collecting user data is ‘not an issue of personal privacy’ (MSFT) | Business Insider – oh really???

Facebook Prods Users to Share a Bit More – WSJ – interesting data point

Neuropolitics, Where Campaigns Try to Read Your Mind – to save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations

Young shopper: south korean’s young shopper – What they expect from retailers | GfK – great insights on Korean consumers

Microsoft Surface Book teardown reveals almost impossible-to-repair design | ExtremeTech – 1/10, just waiting for Greenpeace to realise that there is campaign mileage in low teardown scores

Samsung Sells More Phones — but for Less Money – WSJ – the brutal commoditised business of Android handsets (paywall)

Internet firms to be banned from offering unbreakable encryption under new laws – Telegraph – you have no right to privacy but really bad people do

‘Candy Crush’ owner King sold to Activision Blizzard for $5.9bn – – (Paywall)

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week

Interesting concept video by a company called Magic Leap that has technology which provides a more immersive experience

The title was designed to be really good link bait rather than accurately reflecting the content of the video. It does give a good background on how the Chinese economy has developed on a macro-level.

I like the way Nestle has brought on board a gingerbread man character to advertise Coffee Mate in the US.

Nikon seem to be reaching out to millennials with this profile of a skateboard photographer, it is likely to appeal to a contingent of generation X too. It targets a very different type of photographer who would wouldn’t be impressed by the traditional photography ‘personalities’ from Rankin to Dave Lee Travis (Leica paid him good money back in the day, apparently he was interested in bird-watching).

Really nice mobile experience: Sync! Illumination lets you watch Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade from home on multiple phones

WeChat Life Report

Nice collection of consumer behaviour data on WeChat. Over the past year WeChat has expanded the services that it provides to include Skype like conference calls, which changes and expands the behaviour in this report. (Presentation on Slideshare)

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The Power of Nudges, for Good and Bad – – to save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free.

Chat App Firm Line Focuses On Services After Adding Just 1M MAUs In 3 Months | TechCrunch – I don’t think that this is as bad as the TechCrunch seems to think, LINE hasn’t really tried to blow out the market penetration beyond those markets yet. Also ARPU is as important as numbers – profit share vs. market share

U.S. Technology Device Ownership 2015 | Pew Research Center – good data points

Hong Kong pupils at risk of ‘becoming like Foxconn workers’ in education system, says former principal – it is problematic that Foxconn as become a verb for stressful conditions (paywall)

Out and about: The Modern Pantry

Thanks to the lovely people at Sprinklr I got to meet Jay Baer and hang out with some of my digital brethren here in london.

The venue was The Modern Pantry which is just around the corner from The Zetter. The food was a mix of European cuisine and both meat lovers and vegetarians are catered for. The dishes all seemed to use seasonal produce so I enjoyed a pumpkin based main course.

The venue is sufficiently small that the noise never gets too loud making it ideal for a business lunch. The ambience is not too formal and stuffy in terms of the decor with what I guess might be called ‘farmhouse’ style furniture with traditional wooden tables that had been given a ‘washed’ type paint finish. The food was really good. They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are looking for a business lunch location in Clerkenwell, you could do a lot worse than The Modern Pantry.

The Modern Pantry
47-48 St John’s Square,
020 7553 9210

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Melixa | Innovative smart beehives for remote monitoring – smart cities for bees

Google combining Android and Chrome is bad for developers – Business Insider – my problem with tablets is their ‘lugablity’. I found the original iPad too big

Microsoft has trapped its biggest partners between a rock and a hard place (MSFT) | BusinessInsider – “The Surface Book will have a harder time stealing away MacBook users,” says Linn Huang, an analyst for IDC. “The Apple brand has been sticky, and I don’t have much cause to think it won’t continue to be in the immediate future.” – whilst it might appeal to enterprise customers, it is also a big threat to existing Microsoft OEMs. There is a larger question about whether the touch interface is the right context for a lot of laptop work, which is one of the reasons why Apple has kept iOS and OSX separate despite their Darwin / BSD / Mach microkernel guts

Why Windows XP Won’t Be Going Away Anytime Soon | Makeuseof – interesting challenge that Microsoft has

‘Can’t hide it forever’: The model who became a meme – BBC News – I can’t see JWT coming out of this well

Carrier DT Targets Startups After Europe Agrees Net Neutrality Rules | TechCrunch – inevitable based on the recent EU regulatory changes

Nexus 6P Teardown – iFixit – interesting teardown, appalling repairability

Mead Johnson dives into parenting issues using WeChat | Marketing Interactive – influential parent campaign on WeChat

BuzzFeed Press Blog – A cross-platform global network – interesting vision piece on the future of Buzzfeed by Jonah Peretti

WeChat Still Way Ahead of Facebook | L2: The Daily – really good slideware on messaging platform