Apple’s China R&D effort could fail to move the needle | FT – I still think that Apple needs the lab there because of the unique Chinese internet eco-system and the hardware design excellence in China
Facebook has cut off Prisma’s Live Video access | TechCrunch – Facebook doing vintage Microsoft
An update on Google’s feature-phone crawling & indexing | Google Webmaster Blog – this is big news for the mobile web and will encourage feature phone services to fall back on SMS
‘Tesco Bank’s major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,’ claims ex-employee • The Register – You’re probably only as secure as your least secure system
Porsche Macan owners in China vent their anger at copycat maker – The owners are being asked whether the vehicles are genuine German cars or just Zotye SR9s with a Porsche badge stuck on the front hood.
Watching the World Rot at Europe’s Largest Tech Conference – The Atlantic – the ennui of conferences in general
This Is What Happens When Millions Of People Suddenly Get The Internet – BuzzFeed News – Facebook’s influence in Myanmar is hard to quantify, but its domination is so complete that people in Myanmar use “internet” and “Facebook” interchangeably. According to Amara Digital, a Yangon-based marketing agency, Facebook has doubled its local base in the last year to 9.7 million monthly users. That number is likely to spike again, after Facebook launched its Free Basics program, a free, streamlined version of Facebook and a handful of other sites.
The Macintosh Endgame | MondayNote – interesting analysis, the problem is that iOS doesn’t have a user experience conducive to knowledge work like typing all day long
Brexit negotiators identify UK’s aces in the hole | FT – interesting read, ultimately the UK doesn’t have leverage across all the other 27 countries on the same things so could bounce out with nothing resolved
CNN Brings In the Social App Beme to Cultivate a Millennial Audience – The New York Times – major news site suffering from lack of consumer trust (election coverage, fake news environment etc) buys YouTube V-logger to get some baes – and people wonder why the news media appears broken
Curiosity | Merck Group – interesting spin on the usual innovation corporate positioning