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Why MTR is looking to upgrade its fare collection system | HKEJ Insights – this about Chinese mobile payment system compatability

Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State – The New York Times  – I tried the glasses out on a group standing about 20 feet away. For a moment, the glasses got a lock on a man’s face. But then the group noticed me, and the man blocked his face with his hand. The minicomputer failed to register a match before he moved. Seconds later, the people scattered. Their reaction was somewhat surprising. Chinese people often report that they’re comfortable with government surveillance, and train stations are known to be closely watched

Amazon crashes just minutes into Prime Day | The Drum  – makes you wonder about AWS availability and uptime…

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Arsenal and 30 ad agencies ensnared in alleged BYD fraudulent misrepresentation case | Marketing | Campaign AsiaMore than 30 domestic agencies are crying foul after Chinese electric-car brand BYD absolved itself of payment obligations for RMB1.1 billion (US$16.4 million) worth of advertising production and roadshow fees last week. The automaker claimed these agencies have been dealing with a fake employee from an “illegal” entity carrying out marketing activities on behalf of BYD by “forging” the company’s seal. BYD made statements on its website (English) and Weibo account (Mandarin), naming a “criminal suspect” Liki Li (李娟) who managed to engineer a potentially sham sponsorship deal with football club Arsenal in April 2018, and has since been detained by the Chinese public security bureau. “Hereby we reiterate that BYD was never involved in and is not responsible for any fraud issues,” read one statement. “Please make sure to report to the authority responsible whenever you find yourself a victim.” The 30+ agencies suffering in this legal quagmire certainly see themselves as victims, with many raising objections to how BYD is handling the case so irresponsibly. The exposé party was begun by Jingzhi PR (上海竞智广告) three days ago, posting an ugly narrative on its WeChat account of how three years of creative design and test-drive execution for BYD was suddenly invalidated in this about-turn – #thisischina

I’m not DTF, OKCupid – Hacker Noon – great analysis of pandering advertising

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback – The New York Times – is it merchants trying to pretend something is more rare than it is, or machine driven automated pricing errors? (paywall)

Google Maps API Becomes ‘More Difficult and Expensive’ | Slashdot – so much that you can say about this. Google is Alphabet’s cash cow, with changes like this it’s losing developer hearts and minds. I think its part of a wider trend away from “Don’t Be Evil” to “Greed is good”. The economics of cloud services should surely be going in the opposite direction to Google’s pricing changes?

Jackie Chan tried to replace Bruce Lee after he died, and so did Bruce Li – screen name of a Taiwanese actor behind slew of Lee rip-offs | South China Morning Post – great article on how the Hong Kong film industry coped with the death of Bruce Lee as a box office draw. I just couldn’t see Jackie Chain as a Bruce Lee analogue – thankfully he found his own way

China’s ‘red education’ history tours and the rise of communist cosplay | South China Morning Post – from opening up under President Deng to the go go growth of President Hu, the party had sublimated into the back of Chinese people’s lives. President Hu is bringing the party back to the forefront with nationalistic characteristics. Hence Chinese citizens doing ‘founding of the republic’ style cos-play

Salmon Theory – well worthwhile reviewing when you have a period of stuckness

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Botnik – is a community of writers, artists and developers using machines to create things on and off the internet

Reg test-drives MyOrigo motion control smartphone • The Register  – I’ve been watching The Rise and Fall of Nokia – a Finnish documentary and this device came up. Apple bought its patents post-bankruptcy

A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China. – The New York Times – if this doesn’t match Trump dreams of a China war what does? (Paywall)

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五) | 금요일에 다섯 가지

Things that made my day this week:

BBC 4 ran a great hour long documentary film: The Rise and Fall of Nokia is an oral history of Nokia from Nokia veterans. You can’t give a good comprehensive telling of the Nokia story in just one hour, but you can get a sense of what Nokia was. Some of the culture change that came with success  was really dark.

Danny Dyer nailed the zeitgeist on Brexit last week. Which led some the B3ta community to put together the Danny Dyer Presents: “Pwopa Nawty Noises!” (B3ta.com) – livens up conference calls no end.

I was a big fan of HBO’s The Newsroom drama; it was more of the intelligent dramas over the past few years. The intro to the first episode seems even more prescient now

I am very late to this but Techcrunch’s Bubbleproof drama from last year neatly skewers the current state of technology start-up culture (in the west at least).

I’ll leave you with this amazing animated film from Hong Kong. It’s on KickStarter for funding and looks amazing with hints of traditional martial arts films, science fiction and psychedelia. More information on the film website.

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Why we should relish putting ads into research – VCCP – bit of an odd concept. The TV ads that I’ve worked on have all gone into testing at concept stage

Death of corporate media relations | WSJ – brands don’t trust or need media according to one editor. With their own social media accounts, blogs and websites, they go directly to their audience

For China, Tech Giant Tencent Is Both a National Champion and a Threat – WSJ  – Tencent, which has more than 45,000 employees, recently began moving into a new $600 million Shenzhen headquarters, a futuristic complex with skywalks linking twin skyscrapers.

The architects had a bold plan for the executive suite. They wanted to station Mr. Ma and his top lieutenants in a central command post with high visibility, like the bridge on a battleship.

That wouldn’t do, architects were told. One reason: Too many government officials come calling, and their visits need to be discreet. The executive offices were placed instead in the upper reaches of the highest tower.

Is timeless UI design a thing? | Imaginary Cloud – wait a minute this is an article about whether good design should be a fad or timeless??? WTF

Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras – The New York Times – “Reform and opening has already failed, but no one dares to say it,” said Chinese historian Zhang Lifan, citing China’s four-decade post-Mao policy. “The current system has created severe social and economic segregation. So now the rulers use the taxpayers’ money to monitor the taxpayers.”

Google Cloud changes abuse prevention process after viral customer complaint – Business Insider – Google appears a lot more vulnerable. In the many discussions about this incident on Reddit and other online message boards, a big complaint that has surfaced is an inability of Google Cloud customers to contact human customer-service reps in emergencies – not ready for enterprise use

Japan Tests Silicon for Exascale Computing in 2021 – IEEE Spectrum – wow surprised that ARM is better than SPARC for this?

bellingcat – After Strava, Polar is Revealing the Homes of Soldiers and Spies – bellingcat – it has been patched now, but worthwhile reading through to understand the journalist’s methodology

How fast-food restaurants are designed – Curbed

Millennials Favor Netflix, OTT, Not Demo-Targeted Services 07/06/2018 – interest and passion point segmentation rather than generational

Music’s ‘Moneyball’ moment: why data is the new talent scout – all of this can get gamed thru payola very easily. It recognises popularity rather than talent and begs the question, why would you go with a record label if you were already ‘making it’ nowadays?

The Cultural Context of Chinese Fan Culture: An Interview with Xiqing Zheng (Part One) — Henry Jenkins – great read on Chinese fan culture that is used to explore transgressive scenarios

Memory Loss: Prices Weaken for Chips Used in Smartphones, Self-Driving Cars – WSJ – cyclical memory chip price fluctuations

Yes, Make Psychedelics Legally Available, but Don’t Forget the Risks – Scientific American Blog Network – interesting that this is on a blog of Scientific American magazine. It feels like the next step along from the medicinal cannabis movement that seems to have gotten a lot of traction

Demo One disc that came with the early PlayStation’s had an application called V-CD that played music CDs and had a great visualiser to go along with the music. As I am not a gamer, this is why I miss the original PlayStation so much.

Negativland Interviews U2’s The Edge :Negativworldwidewebland – for many people the hypocrisy that is U2 didn’t manifest itself until some time in the noughties. Negativland’s dispute with them back in 1991 was one of the reasons why Mondo 2000 had them interview The Edge a year later and showing him up. I bet the publicist got fired for this

German Police Accused of Carrying Out Some Pretty Stupid Raids – or smart overreaching raids….

Tencent’s WeChat is now host to 1 million mini-programs | SCMP – no data on mini app usage, but this has to be hurting the Android eco-system in particular