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Tencent Ad ‘Hub’ Connects Brands And Chinese Consumers | The Holmes Report – interesting that they have created a hub for this, the data implications and opportunities are huge

Facebook blocks viral website Unilad’s page  | Telegraph – it is foolish to build something purely on a platform you don’t own

Flickr: The Help Forum: Sorry, the photo couldn’t be added to the group because it is already in the maximum number of group pools. – Oath hasn’t been in the driving seat all that long and there are already issues in platform management. This follows on from shutting down the Yahoo! Finance data APIs

Sony: Colour Matching Between OLED and CRT | EETE LED Lighting – interesting that CRTs we’re still the reference standard (reg wall) (PDF)

Trust Indicators let you know more about a publisher on Facebook | TheNextWeb – guess this is part of the attempt against fake media, but its only a small part of the solution

Here’s What You Should Be Talking About Instead of Video | Digital – AdAge – (paywall)

The best laptop ever made – Marco.org – Marco nails it, the newer machines fall short and require a bag of dongles

McDonald’s flips fortunes with back to basics approach – they seem to yo-yo between price/convenience and product innovation. I wish they would bring back drip coffee

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen – not surprising to proof against lithium bubble

Why Luxury Brands’ Approach to “Chinese Aesthetics” Fail | Jing Daily – interesting read with great examples. I’ve even noticed Shanghai Tang making a few mistakes

The Economist unwinds: the luxury of print | The Drum – print as ‘lean back’ content

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument by King, Pan & RobertsChinese regime’s strategy is to avoid arguing with skeptics of the party and the government, and to not even discuss controversial issues. We show that the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject, as most of the these posts involve cheerleading for China, the revolutionary history of the Communist Party, or other symbols of the regime (PDF)

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my day this week:

By the time that you read this I will be too engrossed in watching The Punisher to care

I don’t know if I hadn’t been paying attention or if it hadn’t been put out there in the media but Plaxo is closing down. Plaxo synched your address book to people’s profile cards which they changed if they moved jobs, changed their cell phone number or email address. It was clunky but the data in and out was more useful than LinkedIn or Facebook since.
Plaxo EOL
I gave up on it when it started to have issues with LinkedIn connections. Comcast had been running it quietly for a number of years but have evidently given up on it. It’s main legacy for me now is knowing the real birthdays of many contacts as this was before the web got quite as crime laden as it is now.

Beautiful Japanese booth babe uses her fingers to create the Suzuki “S” sign on her chest 【Video】 | SoraNews24 – if I was a marketer at Suzuki, or one of their agencies I would be kicking myself for having not come up with this brand meme

This week I have been listening to Pleasure – the new single from Luxxury and this fantastic play list from Chicago legend Mike Dunn of the tracks which most inspired him.

Dunn isn’t as famous as Frankie Knuckles or Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley but has production credits on Sterling Void’s ‘Don’t Wanna Go‘, Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez’ ‘Relight My Fire‘ and as an artist in his own right with the likes of ‘God Made Me Phunky‘.


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Amazon to Sell Part of Its Cloud Business in China – WSJ – something to think about with your China data shards

CompuServe’s forums, which still exist, are finally shutting down | Fast Company – I remember my Landlord in college used CompuServe on dial-up and met his current wife though it

WeChat users send 38 billion messages per day | Techinasia – WhatsApp is on 55 billion messages a day – according to Benedict Evans

Long Live Short Video in China | The Daily | L2 – you also have streaming video, OTT etc

Entering the Quantum Era—How Firefox got fast again and where it’s going to get faster – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog – interesting insight into desktop software development now. Let’s see how this works for Firefox’s market share

TV-synced Facebook News Feed ads yield 60% lift | Facebook Marketing Partners – (PDF)

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Snap’s Rise and Fall: How a Big, Splashy IPO Prompted the Doubters to Keep Mum – WSJ – emperors new clothes or setting up more modest expectations for a second wind (paywall)

Best singles day promotion | Chris Reitermann – interesting deal

Tesla Approaches Terminal Decline – Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) | Seeking Alpha – I’d also argue that betting on lithium battery leasing is betting on the wrong horse

Steven Soderbergh’s New App, Mosaic, Will Change How You Watch TV | Wired – interesting that Soderbergh decided to build the platform and content

Alibaba’s Singles Day Shopping Event Sees Record Sales of Over $25 Billion | AdAge – despite the dodgy Chris Ku / Pharrell Williams duet. Karen Mok and Pharrell on Happy wasn’t bad though

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IBM Type – IBM have open sourced their tailor-made corporate font Plex

Hip-hop is getting old, man | Quartz – interesting discussion on cultural cycles.

Huawei’s new global corporate brand swagger | Analysis | Campaign Asia  – Huawei so closely reflects China’s new ambitions that it would be easy to consider the tech giant as a proxy for Brand China. But Tan bristles at the suggestion. “Huawei is a global company,” she reminds us. “You can see our overseas revenue is larger than China, so we really want to position our brand as a global brand.”

Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side – The New York Times – “If you’re a mark of social media, if you’re being manipulated by it, one of the ways to tell is if there’s a certain kind of personality quality that overtakes you,” he says. “It’s been called the snowflake quality. People criticize liberal college kids who have it, but it’s exactly the same thing you see in Trump. It’s this kind of highly reactive, thin-skinned, outraged single-mindedness. I think one way to think of Trump, even though he is a con man and he is an actor and he’s a master manipulator and all that, in a sense he’s also a victim. I’ve met him a few times over 30 years. And what I think I see is someone who has moved from kind of a New York character who was in on his own joke to somebody who is completely freaked out and outraged and feeling like he is on the verge of a catastrophe every second. And so my theory about that is that he was ruined by social media.”

Review: Jibo Social Robot | WIRED – interesting bits about robot human interaction