Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

This week I spent a good deal of time listening to the Flying Mojito Brothers

We past 25 years since the launch of Jump Around by the House of Pain and Everlast returned with his first hip hop project in years War Porn Industries. Here’s the mixtape put together

A great mix for St Patrick’s day without the cheese from Club Céilí

Magnetic magazine put together a collection of some very Belearic feeling tracks. The kind of collection that the likes of Test Pressing would have been proud of

This week has seen all eyes of watch fans turn towards Basel for Baselworld and Omega put together this great teaser in advance of their launches at the show

#Baselworld2017 Correction… we have three new watches.

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The economic rationale for public R&I funding and its impact – Research policy and organisation – EU Bookshop – good reading material showing the importance of government R&D spurring private enterprise innovation

SoftBank Drops $100 Million Investment in iPhone Rival – WSJ – stops investment in Andy Rubin’s next thing (paywall)

QR code scams rise in China, putting e-payment security in spotlight | South China Morning Post– interesting attack vector

Escape to another world | 1843 – changing gender roles, changing expectations of what they can achieve and escapism

China has overtaken Japan in South Koreans’ worst countries list, new survey claims | South China Morning Post – big longer term issue for the Chinese, probably bigger than they realise at the moment

Alienation 101 | 1843 – Chinese student experience in the US

Beijing public bathrooms equipped with face scanners in a bid to save toilet paper-Sino-US – there is something wrong about the economics of this, unless the average Chinese person is the pink panther of toilet paper?

Handsets at MWC: Same But Different | EE Times – from the perspective of electronics engineers

Nike Sees Online Search Spike from China’s Consumer Rights Day | The Daily | L2 – oh Consumer Rights day – that festival of bashing the west….

Hong Kong jewellers poised for joy as Chinese big spenders return | South China Morning Post – I guess its also about creating portable wealth as capital restrictions continue and change

As Uber Woos More Drivers, Taxis Hit Back – NYTimes.com – when will Uber’s cheap capital and toxic culture run out of road and become this decade’s pets.com

A Small Table Maker Takes On Alibaba’s Flood of Fakes – NYTimes.com – Alibaba’s PR pain

Demis Hassabis plays to DeepMind’s strengths by using artificial intelligence for social impact – interesting read. One pout stood out though wasn’t Google X and Google Research supposed to be the kind of medium / long term research DeepMind claims to be. Secondly, there is no ‘general purpose’ AI in DeepMind’s current vision or structure

Facebook Goes Full “Black Mirror”: How Facebook Is Making Membership a Prerequisite to Everyday… – In some ways this is worse than Microsoft Passport; that the IT industry and privacy wonks fought off in the early noughties

Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds – NYTimes.com – fire the millennials in your social team

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? – NYTimes.com – drugs replaced by digital alternatives?

Aral Balkan — We didn’t lose control – it was stolen – interesting framing of the modern day online media industry

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Bot Check-In: A Year of Disappointment — The Information – bots will take a while longer

Netflix Ratings System Changed From Stars to Thumbs | Variety – simpler choice increased reactions by 200% in A/B testing

Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable storing personal data on iCloud | MacTech – sounds like Apple needs to educate on the security of their services

Quiz question | Big Lychee, Various Sectors – on duopoly of retail in Hong Kong

i-Cable’s demise is a case study in how property conglomerates fail at innovation – having just finished Joe Studwell’s Asian Godfathers this proved to be a case study for pretty much all the points that he makes on the nature of their business prowess

How did Yahoo get breached? Employee got spear phished, FBI suggests | Ars Technica – Yahoo was under no government mandate not to tell customers of the breach. But the company did delay disclosure for nearly two years – this could get interesting

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

The week has been long and diverse. I ended up doing a takeover of the work Instagram account here.

Henry Rollins critique of Dr Seuss would make Breitbart readers apoplectic

 

ninetiesDJarchives | listen to music and sounds on hearthis.at – epic found from Matt Muir’s newsletter

Exclusive Premiere | Everlast Comes Home With WARPORN INDUSTRIES – CraveOnline – Everlast’s first rap project since he left La Coka Nostra

What It’s Like to Serve Inside the Sinaloa Cartel – really interesting set of documentaries, though I suspect part of the reason why they got access to make this film is that it won’t do recruitment any harm

Finally, the FT did an interesting bit of research on the role that bots played in the online discussion around Geert Wilders in the run up to the Dutch election

The Dutch election, Russia and Twitter bots: Here’s how social media is serving Dutch populism. Dutch voters go to the polls on Wednesday amid mounting international concern over the role of social media and so-called “fake news” in recent political campaigns. Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV), which is projected to finish as the second- or third-largest party in the lower house, makes no secret of his disdain for established news outlets. Twitter is his social network of choice FT Data set out to discover what we could learn about Mr Wilders and his followers by analysing social media. The structure of this segment of Mr Wilders’ Twitter network suggests a clear separation between those of his followers who follow mainstream news sources and those with connections to high-volume, potentially automated accounts. Read more at FT.com #dutch #netherlands #PVV #geertwilders #partyforfreedom #populism #europe #dutchelections #elections #election #politics #eu #populist #populists #immigration #immigrant #immigrants

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‘China used to copy Silicon Valley, but now it’s Silicon Valley that copies China’ – China doesn’t copy Silicon Valley it’s more like sampling and building something new

UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off • The Register – real time censorship for commercial interests. I get why its happening but the implications are profound

Make Great Britain “great” again? How Brexit reawakened England’s dormant imperialism — Quartz – absolutely terrifying

China’s internet censorship under fire – but proposal against controls gets … censored | South China Morning Post – interesting but the reasons suggested are marginal gains compared to the greater concerns of protecting societal harmony

Gawker founder Nick Denton believes the ‘good internet will rise up again’ | PCWorld – “An honest review of the Samsung Galaxy Note is a dangerous proposition,” Denton said. “There will be no drama, you just won’t see any advertising from Samsung for the next two years. That’ll be the salaries of 10 or 20 journalists that go up in smoke.”

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Cathay Pacific rethinks in-flight meals with on-demand catering trial on long haul services | SCMP – really interesting change in process

Exclusive: Japan to vet bidders in Toshiba chip sale for national security risks – sources | Reuters – probably doesn’t want China dicking them about like they have been doing with Korea and have done in the past with rare earth metals

A brief history of blockchain | HBR  – nice technical 101

Beijing industry minister says no discrimination against foreign companies | SCMP – empirical evidence would tend to suggest otherwise

Faulty Towers: Understanding the impact of overseas corruption on the London property market – Transparency International UK – so basically if you’re from a high corruption country Transparency International is tarring you with the same brush. This needs to be a bit more nuanced

Unwind by Sync Project – look at the site on your phone, it accesses your heart rate presumable via the touch sensor??? and plays music to help you unwind based on the data

The Internet of Things and interaction style: the effect of smart interaction on brand attachment: Journal of Marketing Management: Vol 33, No 1-2 – pay wall

Urban Outfitters’ CEO says the US retail bubble is bursting, just like housing in 2008 | Quartz – time to think about shorting Gap, Arcadia, Sports Direct etc

Brexit hole at the heart of British budget – POLITICO – Brexit as a term apparently now polls badly….

“Adulting School” teaches millennials grown-up skills like hanging a picture, fitting a sheet, and networking — Quartz – Some interesting stuff in here, some of the subjects remind me of night classes. The demographics points are good though

Report: LVMH to Launch Multi-Brand E-Commerce Site | News & Analysis | BoF – going after Yoox | Net a Porter and department stores

Online Affiliate Marketing – ASA | CAP – making video blogs relations with brand clear by for instance having ad in the title

‘Superstar Firms’ May Have Shrunk Workers’ Share of Income | NY Times – is this analogous to rent seeking and monopolistic power?

Flickr Adds ‘Similarity Search’ to Help You Discover Visually Similar Photos | Peta Pixel – bloody handy for mood boards and presentations

Doppler Labs sues Bose for allegedly stealing augmented audio tech – Business Insider – new category of active hearing products

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

I have been thankful that I use Accuweather as the go to weather app on my phone this week as the weather has been changeable from seasonal to miserable.

Things that caught my attention this week

My favourite listening material this week: Playlist: Crush Club Share Their Favorite Funky Songs To Dance the Night Away With – Magnetic Magazine

I didn’t get to go to the Monocle media summit but there is a great set of highlights here: The Monocle Media Summit, The Stack 236 – Radio | Monocle

Chanel’s fashion show as rocket launch shows by Karl Lagerfeld is still in the game

#CHANELGroundControl #CHANELFallWinter #PFW

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See how Wong Kar wai influenced the Oscar winning film Moonlight – The side-by-side comparisons that show how a Hong Kong director influenced “Moonlight”

Great to see this manufacturing story – Jack White Celebrates Third Man’s New Detroit Vinyl Pressing Plant [VIDEO] – hypebot

Links of the day | 在网上找到

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Tools – Schneier on Security

BBC Radio 4 – PM, British Airways to cut legroom on planes – WTF

University of Twente | Electronic energy meters’ false readings almost six times higher than actual energy consumption | University of Twente – Enschede – which also explains why vendors love smart meters

Q&A: Nicholas Thompson looks to push Wired into the future by returning to radical roots – Columbia Journalism Review – glad its happening. Wired has lost its mojo

Why I left Mac for Windows: Apple has given up | Charged – damning indictment

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Researchers uncover PowerShell Trojan that uses DNS queries to get its orders | Ars Technica – ingenious in its execution

How to change WeChat Official Account without losing followers | Walk The Chat

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred | danah boyd

How China’s ‘Mr. Bags’ Moves Luxury Handbags in Mere Minutes | Business of Fashion

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Uber uses Greyball tool to deceive authorities: REPORT – Business Insider – just wow

WeChat’s ‘instant apps’ are falling flat | Techinasia – interesting learnings for western platforms

London housing: ‘Eight out of 10 homes in flagship London schemes sold to overseas buyers’ | London Evening Standard – could property developers get by on the domestic market though?

Spend too much time on PowerPoint and Excel? Get this FREE plugin! | David Price | Pulse | LinkedIn – LinkedIn e-commerce???

CIPR Research Paints Downbeat Picture Of UK PR Industry | Holmes Report – so basically things haven’t moved on over the past 10 years or so?

Huawei’s Campus Design Under Fire – WSJ – “When you build something, especially like a headquarters, you’re making a statement about who you are.” said Aric Chen, lead curator for design and architecture at the M+ museum in Hong Kong. “I’m not sure what this statement is saying about Huawei.” – I thought it’s aping of existing architecture in European cities quite appropriate

Bot nets | Schneier on Security – great write-up

YouTube TV – interesting experiment

RIP Dmoz: The Open Directory Project is closing | SearchEngineLand – probably only of interest to old school web users and SEO people. Directories and their taxonomies were the search engines of yore. Back when I worked at Yahoo! Dmoz had already been depreciated as a signalling factor in search engine results. Danny Sullivan gives it a good write-up

Facebook now ranks your ❤️️’s above your 👍’s | The Next Web – Buzzfeed must be pissed

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

The highlight of this week was briefly catching up with a couple of friends from Yahoo!. I didn’t get to watch The Oscars, but even I was aware that it was FUBAR’d. The Mobile World Congress saw the launch of new handsets by Sony, LG and Huawei – but were drowned about by Nokia reinventing their iconic 3310 feature phone. This showed that smartphone manufacturers had crafted their products to a high degree and no longer came up with products that amazed us. They are all now much-of-a-muchness.

Rolex broke out an advertising campaign across TV and online to coincide with The Oscars. It shows the heritage that Rolex had in Hollywood. It surprised me that Rolex felt the need to do this

The Worst Mission Statement Of All Time – Medium – epic

Siberian tigers take out a drone that had been harassing them

A Bathing Ape (BAPE) have done a tie-in with the new King Kong film. Given the Vietnam era setting I think that they could have done so much more such as ‘combat Zippo’ lighters, embroidered jackets and fatigues – instead there’s a t-shirt.

A BATHING APE®︎ X KONG:SKULL ISLAND #bape #kongskullisland #KongIsKing #キングコング映画

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A really nice film on data featuring Faris Yakob

Links of the day | 在网上找到

MWC 2017: Telcos cannot afford another ‘OTT’ in the IoT age – NEC | total telecom – changes business model of IoT businesses

Sony Xperia Touch projector makes any surface a multitouch computer (nifty, expensive niche product) – Liliputing – its lovely tech and a really nice design, but the price is hard to justify

Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble | Technology | The Guardian – great indicators of a bubble

Economic Research | Age Discrimination and Hiring of Older Workers – interesting research by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak’s Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System | Fast Company | Business + Innovation – this is an epic piece of engineering

How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017 | Zhubert – I’d imagine that this is also true for non-fiction

Australia found the Achilles’ heel of tobacco companies, and a record number of smokers quit – inverse proof of how valuable brand and design are

Which Grand Tour presenter should you be mates with? | The Grand Tour | The Guardian – since when did the Guardian start doing Buzzfeed listicles? Since Amazon got native advertising done for The Grand Tour

The case for creativity | Cannes Lions – which should have a sub heading ‘Pockets of financial performance that 3G Capital (Kraft Foods / Heinz) will miss out on’

Toshio Nakanishi of Major Force and Skylab has died aged 61 – FACT Magazine – so long Tycoon To$h

Warren Buffett’s letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors explains how to use fear to your advantage — Quartz – First, widespread fear is your friend as an investor, because it serves up bargain purchases. Second, personal fear is your enemy. It will also be unwarranted.

‘Uber Is Doomed’, Argues Transportation Reporter – Slashdot

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check – Bloomberg  – only about 20% of what Saudi Arabia has bargained on which will make their sovereign fund plan difficult to achieve

Links of the day | 在网上找到

R3 Admits Defeat, Stops Blockchain Development – The Merkle

The Long Nose of Innovation – Bloomberg

WaiGuoRen – Chinese meme going around

Chip Equipment Billings Hold Steady | EE Times – positive forward signalling for the technology sector economic outlook

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Smart Waggle Boosts IoT | EE Times – interesting move towards a thicker client on IoT for cloud

Ask uncomfortable questions: UBS and boundary-pushing content marketing | Campaign – odd partnership with Vice Media

Apple Severed Ties with Server Supplier After Security Concern — The Information – I imagine that this is what being a target of the NSA’s tailored access programme would look like. There are a number of other state actors with similar capabilities. SuperMicro is interesting because it assembles servers outside China – instead it has factories in San Jose, The Netherlands and Taiwan

Uber’s work environment sounds even worse than we thought – Business Insider – who said beer bong bro?

How Trump’s Bullying of Mexico Could Backfire | The New Republic – could Mexico follow the Asian model of economic development?

Nuts and Bolts of Encryption: A Primer for Policymakers by Edward W Felten (Princeton University) – great 101 guide (PDF)

Developers | Uber – interesting stuff on augmenting a passengers journey as marketing opportunity via the API

NVIDIA’s GTX 1080: The Tip Of The Iceberg? – OneRiver Media Blog – Apple need to sort their Pro range out

Japan’s wild, creative Harajuku street style is dead. Long live Uniqlo | Quartz – think Camden market before the energy got sucked out of it

Closer look: Assassination Report Has China Talking About Ageism – Caixin Global – interesting commentary on Huawei

The $143bn flop: How Warren Buffett and 3G lost Unilever | FTBack in London on Saturday, as [Unilever CEO] Mr Polman tapped into his network of contacts, he was informed that Finsbury was working with Kraft Heinz on PR. Within seconds, Mr Polman blasted off an email to Sir Martin Sorrell, the founder and chief executive of WPP, the advertising company that counts Unilever as one of its most important clients.
Finsbury, which is majority owned by WPP, was removed from the Kraft Heinz side by the end of the day. – guessing Kraft Heinz isn’t worth that much for WPP, also think that you can take Colgate Palmolive off the table as well since they are a big WPP customer

Hurun: China’s Super-Rich Name Apple, Bulgari As Top Brands for Gifting | Jing Daily – interesting rise of Alipay rather than UnionPay

Snap’s IPO Draws Barclays CEO, But London Investors Remain Wary – Bloomberg – slowing user growth an issue

Oppo knocks: Beating Apple, Xiaomi and the gang in China | The Economist – BBK the parent of Oppo and Vivo was a successful feature phone maker with good channels and manufacturing smarts – Huawei should be afraid

Wanda’s Dick Clark deal shaky, but not yet dead: sources | Reuters – restrictions on currency movement

What Does Trump Want? China Scours Twitter, Cocktail Parties for Clues – Bloomberg – they may decide just to wait Trump out

Let’s not kid ourselves: sexual harassment is rampant in Silicon Valley | The Outline – bro culture and brewskis by nerds

Ask a Korean!: Presidential Election and Spy Agency – Interesting article on fake news in Korea

Don’t Look Now, but the Great Unbundling Has Spun Into Reverse – NYTimes.com – bundling started to be used by online business for the same reasons as offline

My Friend Cayla doll banned in Germany over surveillance concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) – So are pretty much most other connected systems such as Google Now, Siri and Alexa powered devices – just not quite as hackable

Facebook Messenger Now Lets Brands Send Unprompted Messages Within 24 Hours Of Conversation | IPG Media Labs