Links of the day | 在网上找到

Friendly foxes pull in tourists to give Tohoku region a boost – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun – interesting that this is word-of-mouth driven across so many different cultures

Avicii Has Announced His Retirement – Magnetic Magazine – probably makes sense when you look at the current state of SFX. I suspect Avicii will still produce under one alias or another

HKTB taps influencers to discover hidden gems in Hong Kong | Marketing Interactive – interesting passion-led campaign

RuTracker to Bypass Web Blockade With IM Delivered Torrents – TorrentFreak – using a bot system to deliver torrents in Telegram messenger

Mouse Movements Could Identify Tor Users’ Real IP Address | Greycoder – not terribly surprising given that back in WWII, radio operators were identifiable by their morse code key style

Instagram Users Are Losing It over the Company’s Impending Switch | Vanity Fair – they’ve seen how algorithmic models have nuked influence in favour of brand advertising

AP Investigation: How con man used China to launder millions – Law enforcement has not globalized as fast as crime, and the legal firewall that surrounds China has added to its appeal as a money-laundering hub. 

Chinese authorities generally have done little to help Western companies defrauded in Chikli-style scams recover their money, according to European intelligence documents reviewed by the AP. 

The U.S. State Department, in a report this month, reproached China for lackluster performance on money-laundering investigations. 

“China has not cooperated sufficiently on financial investigations and does not provide adequate responses to requests for financial investigation information,” the State Department wrote.

Xiaomi Exec: ‘We’re Playing a Completely Different Game’ | TIME – ‘we’re in the business of getting internet users’ -hmm sounds familar

The next big thing in phones may not be a phone | VentureBeat  – “Everything in the phone industry now is incremental: slightly faster, slightly bigger, slightly more storage or better resolution,” said Christian Lindholm, inventor of the easy text-messaging keyboards in old Nokia phones that made them the best-selling mobile devices of all time – lumpy innovation

How to Transfer Your Notes from Evernote to Apple Notes | Lifehacker –  this article and Microsoft’s migration path for Evernote users gives me a good idea of how in trouble Evernote must me

Cultural differences in responses to real-life and hypothetical trolley problems by Gold, Colman and Pulford – the trolley problem is whether you allow 5 people to die on a tram or divert it with a switch and only kill one person instead. Ordinary British people will pull a switch between 63 and 91% of the time but Chinese people would do so between 33% and 71% of the time. Chinese decision making seems to be based on belief in fate (PDF)

What the IFTTT is going on?

So first it started with an email just under three weeks ago:


We have been busy bringing improvements to the IFTTT platform. Because of these technical updates, some Channels will no longer be supported.

On March 23rd, the following Channels and their Recipes will be removed from IFTTT:, BuzzFeed, Campfire, Diigo, Etsy, ffffound,, Readability, Yahoo Fantasy Sports, and Yammer.

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve added over 30 Channels and encourage you come check out what’s new and noteworthy on IFTTT!

—The IFTTT Team

Now this list includes a mix of former digital titans like and Yahoo!. But some of the others listed there are business that still have a lot of heat behind them like Buzzfeed.

Then Sunday I get this:


We’re working on a new IFTTT platform for developers that makes building Channels and Recipes a breeze.

Recently, we’ve worked with our partners to migrate to the improved platform, but some have chosen not to do so. Unfortunately, the Pinboard Channel did not migrate to the new platform and will be removed on April 4th.

Pinboard is one of our favorite services and we’re all sad to see it go. We hope down the road it may be back.

Stay tuned to the latest Channels launching on IFTTT!

— The IFTTT Team

Ok, isn’t a service that huge amounts of people rely on. But for those of us that do rely on it, its as important as Evernote or email.  It’s user base tends to be tech forward kind of people.

But it begs a wider question, why the short notice and how come IFTTT can’t bring services along with them that have tech forward users? Pinboard have posted their version of what happened on their blog and it makes for disturbing reading. The link is at the bottom of this post, I recommend that you take some time to check it out.

A quick look on Google News shows that this loss of services from IFTTT hasn’t been covered, and there is nothing on the IFTTT blog that I could see.

I have rebuilt my recipes that use in a services called Botize. It costs €4.99 a month or €49.99 a year and only accepts payments by PayPal.  If I come across better services I will share them on here.

More information

My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT | Pinboard blog – disturbing guide to IFTTT’s designs on your data and business model.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer downplayed Starboard threat – Business Insider – she didn’t see that Microsoft could use its money to leverage a more friendly board. Mayer has quite rightly looked to better monetise search. I don’t agree with a lot of what’s she’s done but her instinct on this was right

Those Entry-Level Startup Jobs? They’re Now Mostly Dead Ends in the Boondocks — Backchannel — Medium – looking at this, even Silicon Valley doesn’t value Cluetrain Manifesto

Andy Grove’s Warning to Silicon Valley – The New York Times – Mr. Grove contrasted the start-up phase of a business, when uses for new technologies are identified, with the scale-up phase, when technology goes from prototype to mass production. Both are important. But only scale-up is an engine for job growth — and scale-up, in general, no longer occurs in the United States. “Without scaling,” he wrote, “we don’t just lose jobs — we lose our hold on new technologies” and “ultimately damage our capacity to innovate.

Facing 35 percent ad-block rates, Future decided to drastically cut ad impressions | Digiday – interesting and probably smart approach to ad blocking

Jean-Claude Biver: ‘The Watch Industry Is Not in Trouble, The World Is.’ | BoF – TAG Heuer has latched on to wearables

Domo, Slack and Tableau: How the disruptors are already facing disruption | VentureBeat – not terribly surprising: easy rather than hard innovation with low barriers to entry. The barrier to entry is brand, marketing and user inertia

The FTC Cracks Down On March 2015 Lord & Taylor Social Media Launch: Native Advertisers Beware! | Fashion & Apparel Law Blog – native advertising, not quite the wild west it had been

Dynamic battery for the future developed by Japanese team  – A lithium-ion battery more than three times as powerful as normal that could be used in vehicles and power grids has been developed by a team of academic and corporate researchers in Japan

Microsoft seeks a continued role in the Yahoo! saga of it’s own making

Re/code has an interesting article on how Microsoft wants to influence the sell off of Yahoo! assets by investing money in whichever bid coalition wins. This feels like a riff on Yahoo!’s history over the past six years.

Careful balancing act for Microsoft

The 2010 aggressive bid for Yahoo! was one of the factors in the departure of Steve Ballmer as CEO. A Microsoft-owned Yahoo! made almost as little financial sense as the Nokia handset acquisition.

A later deal via active investor Carl Icahn gave Microsoft everything it wanted. Access to Yahoo! search inventory with no upfront payments. Under the Microsoft deal Yahoo! lost search market share and ad money. Microsoft’s AdCenter was not able to monetise Yahoo!’s search traffic as well as Yahoo! did. Search used to be responsible for half of Yahoo!’s revenue.

Whilst Yahoo! now represents a smaller proportion of search traffic it is still lucrative for Microsoft. Microsoft’s advances in cloud services are still not as lucrative as search advertising.

Microsoft will want to defend a position that on a rational analysis shouldn’t last. By loaning money, it gains leverage over a new management team.

Cheap money to structure deal would be attractive for private equity groups. But it will be bad for the management team put in place and Yahoo!’s future prospects.

 All just a little bit of history repeating

Microsoft provided financial support for Icahn’s run at Yahoo! which saw the departure of Jerry Yang – and the sale of his position in the company. At the time of his overthrow, Yang was the largest single shareholder in Yahoo!.

Six years later we can all see how successful that was.

Problems that it won’t solve

Yahoo! morale. There will be a right-sizing of  the workforce, private equity will be ill-prepared to retain the talent required to maintain and evolve Yahoo!’s services. They will also find it impossible to bring in talent in key areas (beyond senior executives). Yahoo!’s former chief product offer Blake Irving is a case in point of this. Expect Facebook, Amazon, Google and others hoover up the key technical talent Yahoo! needs to retain.

Yahoo!’s international business seems to be a point-of-failure. Yahoo! has withdrawn from markets, particularly in Asia where market conditions should be much better. It has wound up businesses that it had recently acquired in the Middle East. Yahoo! Europe seems to have gone from bad-to-worse.  Expect Yahoo! to shutter more businesses and consolidate its business in North America.

A highly leveraged Yahoo! still won’t have a mobile advertising solution beyond Flurry. Yahoo!’s own mobile apps consistently under-perform in app marketplaces. The mobile talent Yahoo! has gained will head for the door.

Yahoo! still won’t work out how to sell millennial advertising. Tumblr is a good property, yet Yahoo! can currently monetise 15 per cent of advertising inventory on the platform. How will private equity solve this? Or will someone else pick it up at a fire sale? Microsoft is likely to try and stop any sale to Google (which would be a natural home).

Yahoo! still won’t have an effective play in social platforms. Flickr will still be a niche rather than mainstream product.

A key goal for Microsoft would be to obtain search traffic from Yahoo! Japan. Since Yahoo! Japan is a joint venture with SoftBank, this won’t happen. Yahoo! Japan has already gone to court to keep Microsoft out of its business. The new relationship with a divested core won’t change this.

Getting Yahoo! on Microsoft’s cloud would be a major coup, but would require major coding, something that private equity owners probably wouldn’t want to do.

Yahoo!’s IP including core patents for paid search offer little opportunity for additional revenue. They can’t be used against Google and would be unattractive to sell on. Yahoo!’s contributions to open source software would be missed – PHP, Hadoop and the Debian distribution of Linux have all benefited.

History as an indicator of failure

This would represent the second activist shareholder owned board. The current one has been responsible for a catastrophic destruction of value. None of the acquirers have articulated a reason why advertisers should believe in them. Whilst a deal needs to maximise value for Yahoo! shareholders; if it doesn’t offer a plan that pleases customers – it will fail.

A highly leveraged business will not be in a good place to cope with programmatic advertising which will likely reduce the cost of Yahoo!’s over-priced display ad inventory. The likely leverage also means that Yahoo! would make an unattractive long term partner for the major marketing groups.

More information
Microsoft Tells Possible Yahoo Buyers It Would Consider Backing Bids | Re/code
Yahoo! – how did we get here? | renaissance chambara
Reflecting on Yahoo!’s Q2 2015 progress report on product prioritisation | renaissance chambara
Facebook: the Yahoo! patents case | renaissance chambara
Why I am sunsetting Yahoo! | renaissance chambara
The trouble with Yahoo!’s M&A scuttlebutt | renaissance chambara
Thoughts on the Microsoft and Yahoo! search deal | renaissance chambara
Yahoo! Japan and The Gordian Knot | renaissance chambara
Yahoo!: some things I am worried about | renaissance chambara
Barbarians in the valley | renaissance chambara
The Steve Ballmer Post | renaissance chambara
The Wall Street Journal Online bounced my comment | renaissance chambara
A quick primer re @blakei @yahoo #delicious | renaissance chambara

8 life hacks using in OS X

Terminal is a way of getting to the Unix underpinnings of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. It is generally kept out of the way because an uneducated user could do a lot of damage. I have put together eight of my favourite life hacks using Terminal here. Your mileage will vary. Over time Apple has stopped supporting some commands and introduced others grep used to come in handy for finding and removing duplicate files.  A new command called ditto makes it really easy to make copies of folders.
Check the weather
Ping a website
Find the address of every device on your network
Get details about a domain name
Change the screenshot format
Show hidden files in Finder
Show path view in Finder
Strip out unnecessary system animations
I have put together each of these as a presentation as well

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Microsoft Could Help Finance a Yahoo Takeover | Vanity Fair – Despite the turmoil surrounding Yahoo, one tech giant has expressed its interest in maintaining relations with the struggling company. Microsoft has been in talks to finance bids – burning the business down from the inside

The dark web is too slow and annoying for terrorists to even bother with, experts say  – Terrorists are skulking around the dark web, the bit of the internet that can only be accessed by specific software, propagating messages of hate and extremism, right? Not really, according to data

The sale of Boston Dynamics shows Alphabet is waking up to reality | ExtremeTech – so does this mean that Alphabet is just another blue-chip rather than a high growth stock still?

What your car isn’t telling you about driving | Macleans – Driver’s ed, she says, needs to “talk about how to cope with it all.” – automakers we have a user experience problem

Daring Fireball: The Information: ‘Inside Tony Fadell’s Struggle to Build Nest’ – it’s like Fadell was channeling the inner demons of an early Steve Jobs

Online Media Relations as an Information Subsidy: Quality of Fortune 500 Companies’ Websites and Relationships to Media Salience | Mass Communications & Society – paywall PDF – I have been struggling to find efficacy data for online news rooms

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my week:

Reddit have gone and interviewed geek heroes to discuss their formative moments for a series of videos on YouTube. The complete playlist is below. Steve Wozniak is one of the highlights for me

French production duo Cassius come back with a strong track Action featuring Mike D from the Beastie Boys. Whilst The Beastie Boys may not be doing anything new as a group it was great to hear Mike D on the mic again

Streetwear label Bench have teamed up with Data Transmission to sponsor a series of mixes on Soundcloud. Archie B’s crowd pleasing set with a hint of UK garage aesthetic is good music to work by

Generally I would describe my politics as apolitical. Issues that I have cared about such as the free party scene, digital media or privacy and cryptography are things that politicians don’t seem to understand – or more accurately can’t be bothered to understand. I did notice that the Brexit debate jumped the Brussels explosions like dope fiends on a free bag of smack.
It was also quite unusual hearing ‘liberal conservative’ political parties like Angela Merkel’s CDU and the UK Conservative (and Unionist) Party as leftist. The tweet that kicked the discussion off was deleted later in the day.

Audi mixes service with promotion in branded WiFi networks – Luxury Daily – Internet – a simple smart marketing tactic in these broadband addicted time.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Why Is Vice Ditching Its Anti-Smoking Past To Work For Philip Morris? | Co.Create – Vice has big marketing and media groups as shareholders including WPP

Nielsen COO Steve Hasker on Total Audience Measurement and Snapchat Deal | Adweek – interesting article on TV measurement

Vice Media Web Traffic Plunges 17% in February, Sunk by Risky Strategy | Variety – one month’s of comScore’s data doesn’t make a trend

Vice CEO Shane Smith to agencies: ‘We like you.’ | Digiday – might have something to do with their dramatic drop in website traffic…

More valuable brands in China | Shanghai Daily – Huawei ranks highly. Huawei is a client of WPP who own the company that created the brand ranking

The Laughing Cow explores the true value of family time | Marketing Interactive – interesting positioning of the Laughing Cow brand

Gamasutra – Now’s the time to get into VR – but be realistic about its returns, says Palmer Luckey – the thing to keep an eye on is if e-sports athletes find an advantage in VR within a gaming environment. Lean back content is tremendously important as well, expect headsets to be used as ‘virtual screens’ for traditional content as a killer app. Not all that computing power will be needed. It will also work with small single person households were a 65 inch TV isn’t practical

Everyday tools that are part of my process – part two

I posted part one in this series of posts on my blog. Part one covered Hemingway, Pinboard, Terminal and IFTTT. In this post I will cover tools that I use for content discovery and publication.

Right Relevance

Right Relevance is a web service that recommends content from social channels. It is based on areas of interest. Klout provides a similar function as part of its social measurement service. I could write a whole blog post about what’s wrong with Klout’s measurement approach. But their content recommendation function is alright. I have found from experience that Right Relevance tends to provide better quality recommendations.
Right Relevance
For specific subject areas there are ‘subreddit’ threads at Reddit. Certain subject areas like technology have special purpose sites: for instance techmeme and Slashdot. I have included some more geek orientated options at the bottom of this post


The way I explain RSS to my non-tech forward friends is by an analogy. RSS is the web’s analog of a ticker tape machine. In Western’s that is the machine which put incoming messages on a strip of paper. While outgoing messages went out in Morse code on a telegraph key. In the stock exchange or newsroom; continuous computer paper replaced the thin strip of paper. A teletype machine or computer printer would print messages as they came in.

RSS sends updates from websites in a way that applications can collect the content up. Different services present it in different formats like an email type interface or digital magazine. Most people were familar with RSS from its use with Google Reader. When Google Reader shut down, it didn’t kill RSS. Instead a cottage industry of RSS readers sprang up to replace it.
News blur - intelligent RSS reader
My RSS reader of choice is Newsblur. Newsblur has several benefits. You can train it to filter your feeds based on author or key words over time. The unread posts can be uncovered with one click and read if you still need to.

It provides three different views

  • Feed – the information as its provided in the the RSS feed. Depending on the feed this may contain images
  • Text – text only. Handy for when you need speed as it filters out formating and images
  • Story – what it looks like on the original site. This helps understand the context where other content is on a page alongside the main story

Newsblur has a good in-browser interface. It provides integration with both Pinboard and Buffer. It also supports Reeder, a popular desktop RSS reader for OSX.

Newsblur has a native application for both iOS and Android. A third party wrote a free native application for Windows phone. In the past there was also support on Symbian, Maemo and BlackBerry. You get a lot for your $24/year subscription.


Buffer is the social publishing tool that I use. It provides similar benefits to Hootsuite, but is much more user friendly. Buffer also has a transparent pricing model compared to Hootsuite. It integrates in my process via IFTTT. Buffer has a native app for iOS and an in-browser interface. It integrates into sharing functionality within iOS and Newsblur. It is the end point in my automated plumbing for social content publication.
Buffer social channel publishing and analytics
It has good basic analytics built in. I use ‘The Awesome Plan’ which costs $102/year.


Weiyun is a cloud file storage and sychronisation service like Dropbox. The key differences being, it is only available in Chinese and it provides 1TB of storage for free.
Weiyun - cloud storage and synchronisation
Weiyun has Android, iOS, Windows and OSX applications.

Here is a presentation hosted on Slideshare that highlights the tools discussed in today’s post.

More everyday tools in part three.

More information

Right Relevance website
Klout – ignore the measurement, but stay for the content recommendations

techmeme – curated by a mix of algorithms and an editorial team
Hacker News – based on a community who find interesting geeky stuff around the web

Newsblur (once you subscribe it provides you links to the different mobile apps)
Reeder – a third party RSS reader for OSX which supports Newsblur


Weiyun English interface
How to use Weiyun

Links of the day | 在网上找到

If You Want To Keep Using Your Kindle, You Might Need To Update It Immediately | Gizmodo – will this break the re-flashed Kindles that were popular in China? It also shows the impermanence of cloud content

Downloading MP3s From Spotify is Easy But Feels Dated | TorrentFreak – which brings us to the digital equivalent of recording from the radio and not buying a recording. Expect the record labels to go apeshit

Xiaomi founder says time for world to copy Chinese innovation, Technology/Digital News – AsiaOne Digital – Compared with their US peers which are chiefly driven by tech advances, Chinese Internet enterprises place tons of emphasis on user experience, marketing and rapid solutions, which are helping us gain unique edges

What Obama doesn’t get about encryption | The Kernel – not exclusively an Obama problem either

Video ads: What works and doesn’t work with younger users | VentureBeat – the author seems surprised that young people would be skeptical towards branded content. It was the same with generation X. Why would it be any different now?

The FT is launching a new analytics tool to make metrics more understandable for its newsroom » Nieman Journalism Lab

More Devs Now Use OS X Than Linux, Says Survey – Slashdot – and less than half use Windows

Half of China’s Ad Spending Will Go Toward the Internet This Year, GroupM Says | Ad Age – (paywall) but measurement still an issue. Partly because highly regulated TV is so boring to watch

Yahoo, Facebook in Ad Partnership Talks Over Tumblr — The Information – (paywall) that’s a shockingly low figure, but then I guess Yahoo! sales team won’t be selling to brands that care about millennials

Nokia Technologies announces OZO Pioneer Program for innovative virtual reality content | TelecomTV Insights

Ariadne Capital takes legal action against PR firm over Wikipedia edits – Business Insider – breaks the terms of service

Everyday tools that are part of my process – part one

I had a meeting with some junior marketing agency staff last week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss content strategy across different clients. In the end an good part of the conversation went into process and content creation.

Given that conversation I thought it might be fruitful to flag up some of the technologies that I use.


I use Hemingway ( a web application and a native OSX application) to write. Hemingway has two writing modes:
Hemingway - editing mode
Editing mode looks at your copy as you create it:

  • It looks at readability providing a reading age score. (Grade six is equates to 11-12 years old). The lower the reading age, the clearer the writing is. It has also aids in SEO
  • It examines sentence structure, the harder a sentence is to read, the more ambiguous it may be.
  • Hemingway suggests simpler alternatives to phases
  • It looks at adverbs and use of the passive voice

Hemingway is like having a sub-editor sitting on your shoulder at the point of creation.
Hemingway - writing mode
Writing mode clears the real-time editing functions to the right of the screen. It allows me to get content down as a stream of consciousness. It allows me to get ideas down before I lose the train of thought.

You can then switch to editing mode to go back and clean up your copy once you have it down.

The OSX version allows you to save documents down as a HTML file, from which you can cut and paste into a destination. It just works whether its a presentation, document, WordPress or social platforms.


Pinboard is a social bookmarking service that now costs $11/year. It allows me to store links and notes about websites that I find of interest.
Pinboard - home screen
Pinboard is a web service so my bookmarks go where I can get a web connection.
Pinboard - bookmark screen
I use a bookmarklet that sits in the chrome of my browser. Every time I come across something that might be of interest, I click on the link and complete a simple form.

  • URL – I only change the link if it is a temporary link such as ‘’. I expand the link or change it to any permalink that is on the page
  • Title – I edit this as necessary to reflect the article title and the website name
  • Description – this is a quick explanation of why I thought the page was significant. It might be an article quote or top statistics mentioned
  • Tags – categories or labels that I assign to an article which allows me to find it based on a relevance. Tags are used by other applications as well

I use Pinner for iOS on my iPhone. It integrates into the system level sharing functionality. I can create bookmarks on the move as well as at my desk.


The Terminal app in OSX allows direct access to the power of the operating system. It is also unforgiving. Getting a command wrong can have serious consequences.
Terminal app - introduction
There are a few things that I can do faster in terminal than via other methods. From checking  differences in documents, to batch processing file archiving. To get you started here are two examples that you can try: to see if a website is up to getting a weather forecast.
Terminal app - check the weather forecast
Terminal app - ping a website
I have a copy of UNIX in a Nutshell from O’Reilly Media on my bookshelf. I use this as a back-up when I can’t remember the proper  syntax or a command. I can also recommend Learning Unix for OS X: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell also from O’Reilly Media.


At the beginning of 2007 Yahoo! launched an experimental product called Yahoo! Pipes. It was flakey, it was unreliable but also revolutionary. Pipes was an easy way to stitch together services without programming expertise. After years of flakey service it was shutdown by Yahoo! in June 2015.
Pipes inspired another service IFTTT. IFTTT stands for ‘If then, then that’. It is a simple cause and effect framework that allows for the automation of actions over the web. These cause and effect formulas called recipes. It supports a range of web services and apps. Most of the discussion around this for Intenet of Things automation. I use it to automate my web content content.

More in part two.

I pulled part one together in a companion presentation.

More information

Hemingway OSX application

Hemingway web interface


Pinner app for iOS

IFTTT – (If Then, Then That)


Learning Unix for OS X: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell by Dave Taylor

UNIX in a Nutshell by Arnold Robbins

#VS250 – Inside Virgin Atlantic’s online racism crisis

Virgin Atlantic had a tough finish to the week as Chinese social media users and their overseas counterparts united to hit the airline hard. The problem had percolated for the previous two weeks on Chinese social media as netizens fumed at the way cabin staff had allegedly treated a Chinese woman traveller.

Chinese social media users are known for their direct co-ordinated action such as the ‘human flesh engine’ in a way that is similar to Anonymous or Reddit readers – but at a greater scale.

Looking at the social data we can see that there were two concerted pushes on social media. The first one happened on Twitter at 4am – 5am and then hours later it landed on Facebook. The surge post volume would be enough to stress even the largest and most sophisticated customer services team.

Key lessons for brands:

  1. A Chinese market problem has the potential to be an international one. The Virgin Atlantic team had a good two weeks to either shutdown the protest through a quick resolution or prepare for the Chinese netizen onslaught
  2. The Great Firewall will not keep the protest isolated
  3. Expect a more co-ordinated approach if the protest jumps the firewall. It can be diagnosed by looking at realtime data
  4. Chinese netizens can effectively drive international media coverage, despite western scepticism or possible concerns of state collusion. (They often give the Chinese Communist Party too much credit, and not enough credit to effective adhocracy Chinese netizens create)
  5. Sentiment analysis doesn’t seem to be a good trigger / escalation vector in this incident as the tweets mostly seemed to register as neutral based on the analysis tools that I used. On their own it wouldn’t indicate anything untoward – which negates some of the pretty command dashboards you see

More information
Trail of conversations on Sina Weibo – you need an account to log-in and see the content
Virgin Atlantic targeted after racism accusations | Global Times
Woman Was Called “Chinese Pig” on Flight by Passenger, Only to be Threatened by Crew to Leave the Plane in Mid-air | People’s Daily – probably the best write up of the incident by Chinese government’s paper of record
Virgin Atlantic investigates abuse case as story goes viral | China Daily – London bureau breaks the western social media debacle for English language readers
Chinese woman claims flight attendants ignored her after man called her ‘Chinese pig’ | asiaone – asiaone is a Singaporean news aggregator owned by SPH who own The Straits Times
Richard Branson sends apologetic tweet after woman claims she was called a ‘f****** Chinese pig’ on Virgin flight by fellow white passenger… but cabin crew threatened to kick HER off the plane | Mail Online – the Mail Online piece is particularly importance as it validates the story for western audiences and other media such as The Metro
Richard Branson apologises to woman called ‘Chinese pig’ on Virgin flight |

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

New Balance went back to basics with a new drop of MT 580 trainers. The film features one of Hong Kong’s famous neon sign makers and is beautiful to watch

The cast of Sesame Street performs the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony classic, “Tha Crossroads” – amazing video mash-up

In more Sesame Street goodness Cookie Monster stars in an ad for the Siri function on the Apple iPhone 6s

Looking forward to see how this True Skin short film pans out as a series for Amazon Prime. Amazing looking cyberpunk as neon futurism

Great interview with e-sports star Hafu Chan

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Samsung and de GRISOGONO Make Baselworld Tick to Luxury Smart Time | Samsung Newsroom – a bit crass looking

Technology Isn’t Enough to Empower Employees, Even in a Digital World | HBR – CIOs and business managers are lagging – yep, sounds about right

E-commerce Gets Its Own Consumer Price Index | FastCompany – at first blush this looks like a PR stunt, however if it isn’t and market analysts pick it up, it could be very interesting

Here are the winners and losers of an Instagram algorithm | Digiday – Instagram moving from a stream to algorithm is inevitable, but changes the game

Ferragamo works to stall Chinese counterfeiting with RFID microchip technology | Luxury Daily – a step up from the usual hologram

Here’s why ‘Straight Outta Compton’ had different Facebook trailers for people of different races – just wow

Waffle – Social Media – Android Apps on Google Play – not sure that there is a market for them, particularly in the face of well entrenched domestic Korean and international competition

Julie Rubicon – interesting bit of Facebook Analytics based fiction

Apple reveals new details of data centres in China – – Apple received requests from the Chinese government for data on more than 4,000 devices during the first half of last year, and complied with three-quarters of the requests. By comparison, Apple received more than 9,000 requests from the US during the same period.

Facebook News Feed – Our goal with News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you every time you visit Facebook. – nicely done

Metronome Card in Google Search – I love this Google hack

Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing | WIRED – interview from 1996 when Jobs was pimping WebObjects (NeXT’s great web development software platform)

China Criticizes Subsidized Ride-Hailing Apps As Anti-Competitive – Slashdot – expect Uber in court at some point soon

Ransomware: Chinese Hackers belived to be responsible for some attacks | BGR – the interesting thing about this is how ‘cyber weapons’ – the tools these hackers are using have effortlessly moved from the government to private sector. Something to think about with backdoor techniques etc

Hong Kong Police hunt for social gurus to deepen their online presence | Marketing Interactive – they’ve hit a couple of off-notes in their social presence on Facebook, good to see that they’re looking to address it

Financial Cryptography 2016 | Light Blue Touchpaper – great live blog of event

Closer ties ‘will benefit not hinder’ Hong Kong: top Chinese official lashes Moody’s credit downgrade | South China Morning Post – not really much ‘how it will benefit’ in this response more knee jerk rhetoric – letting the story get away from them

Peerio – interesting encrypted messaging platform with cloud message storage. I have no idea what their business model is though

Twitter has changed. Get over it | The Drum – its about the passive audiences consuming tweets on and off network (like Siri). Reminds me a lot of Weibo consumer behaviour. The question is whether the shareholder sentiment will tear things up – which is where I was thinking when I wrote – The Trouble With Twitter

Step-by-step guide: Switch from Evernote to OneNote without losing a thing | SiliconAngle – interesting that Microsoft is going after Evernote

A New Weapon for Battling Cellphones in Theaters: Laser Beams | – laser pointers have been used for years as disciplinary devices at many of China’s leading performance halls, including the National Center, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Shanghai Grand Theater. (paywall)

Deutsche Telekom takes aim at AWS with launch of new public cloud service | TelecomTV – Huawei components in a European cloud or an American cloud that’s insecure by FBI design? For many a tough call

Optics See 56G Demos at OFC | EE Times – working to define requirements for 56Gbps electrical interfaces over various electrical reaches with multiple modulations to enable the next generations of data communications equipment.  Today’s growing array of computing and communications applications drives the need for multiple electrical interfaces that optimize latency, reach, power, cost, etc.

Smart Glasses May Replace Smartphones | EE Times – according to the Game Developers Conference at least

Quoted: Anonymous calls for ‘total war’ against Donald Trump | SiliconBeat – it kicks off on April 1, 2016

Here Maps drops support for Windows Phone and Windows 10 | The Verge – this doesn’t mean that Microsoft won’t cook something up itself based on HERE data

Why YouTube Is a More Important Platform Than Snapchat for Luxury Brands | Adweek – it makes sense for telling longer luxury heritage stories and providing immersive experiences

Using Neuroscience to explore How Advertising Works: Building Brands in the Brain by Fuguitt and Stipp for The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) (PDF)

IBM iX global leader Paul Papas interview – For two years running, IBM’s Interactive Experience (iX) division has been named the largest digital-agency network in the world

Strong encryption, weak encryption, plus Obama on finding ‘balance’ | SiliconBeat – Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst for Forrester Research who focuses on privacy, told SiliconBeat in an email Monday that “the seemingly rational case made by the president simply doesn’t square with reality.”