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Here’s One Reason the U.S. Military Can’t Fix Its Own Equipment – The New York Times – US legislation and lack of ‘right to repair’. US military withdrawal from R&D

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Facebook’s fake numbers problem — Lex in depth | Financial TimesFacebook’s own estimates suggest duplicate accounts represent approximately 11 per cent of monthly active users while fake versions make up another 5 per cent. Others claim the total is higher. Yet Facebook continues to promote its user base as an incredible 2.45bn per month — close to one-third of the global population.” – ok so some of the logic is wonky, but the underlying point is very interesting

Adidas is shutting down its Speedfactories in Germany and the US — Quartz – Adidas is apparently moving this to APAC which negates the agile advantage. Is this more about Capex and recent poor financial results instead?

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice – The Globe and Mail The community Alphabet sought to build when it launched Sidewalk Labs, she said, was like a “for-profit China” that would “use digital infrastructure to modify and direct social and political behaviour.” While Sidewalk has since moved away from many of the details in its book, Prof. Zuboff contends that Alphabet tends to “say what needs be said to achieve commercial objectives, while specifically camouflaging their actual corporate strategy.” – some of the most sinister stuff I’ve heard of, that hasn’t been originated by Chinese Communist Party cadre

E-Commerce Content Marketing: A 2020 China Trend | PARKLU – basically OTT shopping TV

Luxury Daily | Breitling in step with resale mood launches online trade in programme – or a way of stimulating sales. Rolex seems to have sucked a lot of the momentum out of the luxury watch market. Breitling and and other brands like IWC have suffered

Chaebols and firm dynamics in the Republic of Korea | VOX, CEPR Policy PortalMoving from low- to high-income status implies that countries escape the middle-income trap. This implies institutional reform to create innovation-based growth. The column uses firm-level data to show how the Korean government’s chaebol reforms in the late 1990s transformed the economy from an investment-based to an innovation-based model. There are lessons here for China.

USAF officer says China brags about stealing US military tech, they call it “picking flowers in the US to make honey in China” | War Is Boring”China devotes significant resources at a national level to infiltrate our universities and our labs,” Murphy stated. “They are doing it for a reason. They’ve even coined the phrase, ‘Picking flowers in the US to make honey in China,’ which I would say perfectly illustrates their deliberate plan to steal R&D, knowhow, and technology

Why are so many countries witnessing mass protests? | The Economist – interesting on how there isn’t necessarily a clear correlation of reasons, despite efforts to find a pattern – (paywall)

Apple, TikTok draw congressional rebuke for skipping hearing on China – The Washington Post – I hope that they get penalised

Dialog 50 cent SoC Targets Disposable Bluetooth Market | EE Times – environmental disaster in waiting

Smartphones Rule. But Should They Control Cars? | EE Times – no they shouldn’t

Something in the air – Why are so many countries witnessing mass protests? | International | The EconomistAs Red Flag, an Australian socialist journal, sees it: “For more than four decades, country after country has been ravaged by neoliberal policies designed to make the mass of workers and the poor pay for what is a growing crisis in the system.”

Opinion | Why Google’s Quantum Supremacy Milestone Matters – The New York TimesIn everyday life, the probability of an event can range only from 0 percent to 100 percent (there’s a reason you never hear about a negative 30 percent chance of rain). But the building blocks of the world, like electrons and photons, obey different, alien rules of probability, involving numbers — the amplitudes — that can be positive, negative, or even complex (involving the square root of -1). Furthermore, if an event — say, a photon hitting a certain spot on a screen — could happen one way with positive amplitude and another way with negative amplitude, the two possibilities can cancel, so that the total amplitude is zero and the event never happens at all. This is “quantum interference,” and is behind everything else you’ve ever heard about the weirdness of the quantum world.

5G will only be as revolutionary as the devices we design for it — Quartz“When we’ve spoken with consumers who carry the latest smartphones today, and you talk with them about 5G, what these users are saying is that the current form factor and feature sets cannot take advantage of the promise of 5G,” Sethi told Quartz. While smartphones are great for reading the web, watching videos, and checking emails, there’s not much that a considerably faster connection speed will do for them that they can’t already do.

Unreal life: just 21% of Brits believe internet personalities portray life honestly | YouGov – about authenticity as a concept….

Letter of the US attorney general – very thoughtful defence of end-to-end cryptography in the face of sensationalist ‘protecting children’ claims

How China’s mystery author called its economic slowdown | Financial Times – interesting read about the end of China’s growth

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb – VICE – the interesting bit is that AirBnB don’t care if people get grifted

China effectively bans online sales of e-cigarettes | Revue – given that: China invented the e-cigarette and the government has a monopoly on smoking sale. This isn’t the market opportunity loss Juul et al might think that it is

IPA | IPA reacts to Twitter’s political ad ban If online platforms won’t commit to a publicly available, platform-neutral, machine-readable register of all political ads and ad data online, then they should consider following Twitter’s lead in banning political advertising – and even then what would the first solution solve, given the failure of legislative regulation – what’s the point of a register when you have both major parties more crooked than a yakuza convention, but without the style?

IPA | IPA Insight Infographic: Smartphones – interesting point for me is that the phone alarm didn’t appear on this

IPA | Legal Update 31 October 2019Google announced that they are making changes to YouTube to address the substance of the FTC’s concerns and will apply these changes globally. The changes, which will be rolled out from January, include:• moving families over to YouTube Kids through notifications and educating parents about its benefits;• identifying Made for Kids content on YouTube via a combination of input from creators and machine learning; and • no longer serving personalised ads on Made for Kids, for all users regardless of age, and serving only contextual ads on this content

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ICYMI | 万一你错过了| 당신이 그것을 놓친 경우에 대비해서

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China Set Traps To Capture Dangerous NSA Cyberattack Weapons: New Report – the implications of China trapping its attacks and repurposing its expensive code has seriously difficult optics

The 10,000-hour rule has been disproven. Now what? — Quartz – what another Malcolm Gladwell ‘truth’ disproved? I am shocked, shocked I say!

China’s Sinopec launches coffee brand with 27,000 locations | News | Campaign Asia – I like the way they’ve named the coffee after RON (octane) values of petrol. It harks back to the cup of joe which would have been filter coffee in a roadside diner or doughnut shop. You can take your flat whites and hipster shite and shove it up your (well you get the idea). But I do wonder if it fits in with the Chinese consumption pattern of coffee?

Unpacking Berlin’s mysterious, ubiquitous tote bag – TODAYonline – the iconic Hugendubel bag

The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites | Jeffrey Epstein | The Guardian – whilst people like famous computer science professor Dave Farber believes this article is ‘way off base’ – it’s an accurate reflection of policy makers views on big tech

A magician whose tricks constantly get exposed – Inkstone – I really like this as social content

The Venezuelan Diaspora: Spain’s Other Refugees – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Things that made my day last week

Reading Time: < 1 minutePorsche pronunciation – the iconic German car company want to stop the peculiarly British mangling of their name. The British tend to assume that the end e is silent, while the correct pronouncation is Porsch-e. More on the video below.

More on Porsche here.

Creative agency ZAK created a parody of 1980s toy advert as a comment on the political upsets of 2016. The A.S.S. Squad features a parody version of Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un alongside Barbie.

A Polish ad, that schools John Lewis on how to make the signature Christmas ad. This advert manages to bring in great storytelling and emotion into play. The bit that most surprised me is that it was for language learning software. Rosetta Stone will need to improve the quality of their own advertising assets.

Japan’s love for acid house, from adverts to anime | Dazed Digital – some of this is nuts, but in a good way. Japanese producers have been mixing acid house elements into idol band productions. Imagine if Simon Cowell was producing X Factor artists using production elements found by rifling through the back catalogue of Detroit techno artists and managing to somehow not make a pigs ear of it all.

FCB Seoul used ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to emphasise the experience of eating the Ritz crackers. ASMR is becoming a well worn tool for marketers doing online video. But I thought Ritz’ particular execution was really well done in this advert.

More on FMCG here.

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Links of the day | 在网上找到

Reading Time: < 1 minuteTim Cook on Apple’s strategy and Clayton Christensen’s “Jobs to be Done” theory – Business Insider – basically do the new products actually have use cases?

Merkel: murky internet giants distort perception of reality – The Local – “the algorithms must be made public, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen on questions like: what influences my behaviour on the internet and that of others?” 

“These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to to a distortion of our perception, they narrow our breadth of information.”

This Cheesy, 1980s Promotional Video for a Northern Nightclub is UK Nightlife’s Finest Hour | Thump – OMG

Divorced by Apple in California | josh.com – which nukes Apple’s security measures if true

Xiaomi Mi MIX Is An Edgeless Concept Phone That’s Actually Available For Purchase: Snapdragon 821, 6 GB RAM And More : TECH : Tech Times – big challenge to get back its crown in China from Huawei and Oppo. P9 or this? No contest to be honest with you the MIX wins hands down

Microsoft Keeps Dossiers on Journalists and Sent Us One By Accident | Gizmodo – reminds me of the Fred Vogel dossier sent a number of years ago, its not NSA level dirt unfortunately

Why the fashion world won’t let Amazon in – via Fritha

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Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Reading Time: 2 minutesI spent a good bit of time in Frankfurt this week, working with one of our clients on demystifying analytics and trying to put in frameworks out which they could get actionable insights. Being in Frankfurt was more exciting than the previous sentence makes it sound and great to meet people in person that I had only dealt with by phone or email.

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Japan-ized Cities: Surrealistic “Worldwide Tokyo-lization Project” – it gives you a good idea of how information-rich the urban landscapes of Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo are in comparison. More on Japan related issues here.

I love this video: Salute – Storm

Clint and Scott Eastwood: No Holds Barred in Their First Interview Together | Esquire – Clint Eastwood’s interview split people along political lines, but the sense you get of him not being beholden to anyone is something to admire.

Eastwood is probably the last generation to really think about physical expansion. California didn’t really come into its own until a post war migration to it as GIs demobbed. In some ways he is a connection to the cowboys that he ended up portraying in the southern Spanish deserts of Almería, villages in Sardinia or just outside Rome.

The Designers Republic Remembered – Creative Review – TDR didn’t necessarily do great graphic design, in reality it was more like art. As art, I think that their work ranks highly. It is hard to imagine the cultural impact that TDR had on UK design through to the early 2000s. You saw it in night club flyers, record sleeves, merchandise, video and web 1.0 design.