Drones + more things

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Amazon bookstores: It’s the drones, stupid – I, Cringely – the big problem I see is the last 100 yards. Drones might be fine in theory to get to a property but what about getting to the home owner or responsible custodian of the parcel. I think these are a point, rather than universal solution, a bit like the Waitrose deliveries scooting  around Milton Keynes.

Jan Koum – one billion users. couldn’t be more proud of our small… – interesting things about the Whatsapp numbers is the low average number of messages sent per day, per user less than 1.5 messages per day.  More on WhatsApp here.

Grumpy Old Man Hates Massaging Sexy Models – YouTube – it’s recruitment ads mixed with old school Lynx adverts

Brad Garlinghouse’s Peanut Butter Manifesto and associated materials about Yahoo! circa 2006 – great materials (PDF)

Deal Shows Investors Are Willing to Make a Blind Bet on Uber – The New York Times – how can they do due diligence?

Why the death of the Firefox phone matters – CNET – less likely to see web-based functionality, also Android | iOS oligarchy

This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality – IEEE Spectrum – fighting uncanny valley

Google confirms Hangouts will now use peer-to-peer connections to improve call quality and speed | VentureBeat – Skype had only been doing this since the early noughties…

A Day in the Life of a Media Consumer – Yahoo Advertising – really nice consumer insights here

Help Make “The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen” a Reality « bunnie’s blog – I love the way this is so gloriously analogue

The Apple Watch got me hooked on mechanical watches – Marco.org – which goes to show that marketing them as a watch doesn’t make sense

The Nashville insurgency | Macleans – amazing story of how country music has been swallowed up by a Stock Aitken and Waterman hit factory-type formula

The Beginning Of The End For GoPros At Music Festivals – Magnetic Magazine – Periscope and music festivals don’t mix

This tiny Japanese bookstore only stocks one title at a time – Quartz – interesting anecdote to the ‘tyranny of choice’, I wonder if the customers actually read the book?