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Tighter EU rules on messaging services | RTE – so much in this but overall could be good for telecoms carriers and bad for privacy as well as freewheeling Silicon Valley companies

Why Millennials Are Excited About the 90th Birthday of China’s Ex-President – China Real Time Report – WSJ – “It’s very simple,” says Zhang Ming, a political scientist at Beijing’s Renmin University. “People right now aren’t satisfied…When he was in office, everyone said bad things about him. Now people miss him more and more.” – which by implication is pretty damning for the Xi administration. Hu wasn’t dynamic and hamstrung by Jiang Zemin interfering in the shadows. Jiang when in power was ruthless and pragmatic

Panasonic eyes trial sales of tomato-harvesting robot | The Japan Times – interesting challenge in produce handling (tomatoes bruise easily)

Google’s New OS Will Run on Your Raspberry Pi | Hackaday – interesting that Google could be moving away from Linux on everything to RTOS underpinnings – presumably to reduce the footprint and further improve stability. At the end of the day, do you want your phone to control a lift, a defibrillator or anti-lock breaks? Also benefits for IoT in terms of smaller footprint??? Though not so sure as the language says ‘not so minimalistic’

Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars | New Atlas – it still doesn’t have the corrosion resistance or awesomeness of titanium though. And titanium doesn’t need paint

New Startup Aims to Commercialize a Brain Prosthetic to Improve Memory – IEEE Spectrum – Johnny Mnemonic comes closer to reality?

Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees: CRN | Reuters – Cisco moving away from hardware. Interesting, implies that there is no differentiation in networking hardware anymore. Not sure software will be defensible for them as other players like Microsoft et al could get involved. Also means networking hardware to become more commoditised.  On a related note Cisco et al missed a trick on not using work like that done on Bayes Theory and network management in the late 1990s to help prevent buffer bloat. Academics have continued on this theme

Intel Licenses ARM Technology to Boost Foundry Business – Bloomberg – this plugs a gap, whether it is a permanent approach a la what IBM did with manufacturing for Xbox etc or a stopgap until they come up with a new mobile offering who knows? The ARM | SoftBank deal looks strangely prescient and ARM looks like an even bigger monopoly – existing ARM Holdings shareholders who wanted to hold on to their shares will be sick as dogs

Korea’s LG plans to make its own mobile chips — in Intel’s factories – Recode – that’s a win for Intel

Bloated HTML, the best and the worse — Monday Note – it has implications for page load times

What’s behind P&G’s cutback on targeted Facebook ads? – To reach 5,000 targeted viewers on Facebook, the spending needed can reach the equivalent of that required to reach a million TV viewers, according to Peter Daboll, chief executive of Ace Metrix, which tests ads for effectiveness – more on marketing here

NASA systems engineering manual – (PDF)

More is different by PW Anderson – fascinating read

Instagram rolls out business profiles complete with ‘contact’ buttons as it offers advertisers greater insights | Social Media | The Drum – finally available in Europe

Beijing spells out strict residency rules for migrants to the capital | South China Morning Post – which will adversely affect social mobility