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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

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

I was laid low for a few days this week, during this time I slept and connected with the world only by listening to the Today programme. I also got caught in a deluge during storm Doris and was drenched. As I write this post, my Facebook feed is filling up with posts about Donald Trump restricting media outlets including CNN and the BBC from Whitehouse briefings. These are five of the things that made my week:

This week I was listening to: [Free Download] London Collective, eatmybeat, Drop a Tasty 21 Track Compilation  ‘Bonus Snacks Vol. 2’ Perfect for DJs | Magnetic

I was upgraded Bose QC25 headphones I use at work with a new audio cable. The Ablet Lightning Audio Adapter for Iphone 7 / 7 Plus is a great replacement cable, microphone and remote that makes doing calls an awful lot easier. Once the call is over, I just unplug and jack in with the original cable that stays in my iPod

Instagram announced a carousel function that shows up to 10 photos and videos in the one frame. The first one I saw in the wild was to promote the new Blade Runner film due this year

Kelly Moss Motorsport built a ‘safari ready’ Porsche 911 that evoked the old Rothmans Porsche rally cars of the 1980s, check out their series of pictures here.

Rothmans 176 Porsche

The grey colour reminds me of post-war vintage tractors from the likes of Nuffield. Porsche made some beautiful looking tractors in the 1950s – a useless fact that I picked up as a child spending much of my time on the family farm in Ireland and having a Dad who used to repair heavy agricultural and construction plant early on in his career

Porsche Tractor

Collecting Europe – really interesting game that investigates consumers attitudes to boundaries and identity

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Global Restructuring at TBWAMedia Arts Lab as Apple Shifts Toward Digital, Regional Work | Ad Week – interesting move with their evolving relationship with Apple. I can’t say that I feel impressed by anything l’ve seen out of Apple in a while – given more creative was driven out of in-house. This move will see things going more digital, rather than just digital expressions of TV-orientated creative

Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile – sources | Reuters – guess India’s no longer as big a focus since Nikesh Arora’s big bets lost them 350 million dollars?

Once poverty-stricken, China’s “Taobao villages” have found a lifeline making trinkets for the internet — Quartz

UK Snoopers’ Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors • The Register – you combine this with the new espionage act going through the UK government system and things look exceptionally dark

Video formats by position | Facebook Marketing Partners – (PDF)

The Facts-Based Survey of Mobile Money Globally Focusing on the Reality and Numbers – Ignores totally the utterly trivial noise of Apple Pay, Bitcoins and Paypal

Building Global Community | Facebook – Zuck on reshaping Facebook’s direction

Links of the day | 在网上找到

IBM, Visa partner to make the Internet of things commerce friendly | ZDNet – just goes to show that Watson is a mascot not a product from a branding perspective

What a Veteran Film Critic Learned from Watching VR Movies – This reminded me a lot of Myst

In the war between millennials and baby boomers we have forgotten about the work-hard, play-hard Generation X | The Independent – offered without comment

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

I can’t believe that its this time again. It’s been a busy week, partly because I lost a work day due to a larger Publicis Groupe meeting.  This quote from Alvin Toffler stuck with me

Alvin toffler

This video by the Singularity Institute was floating around about the future of industry

Fans of Assassins Creed would appreciate this rendition of Leave her Johnny, leave her

The British Museum have a lovely trailer for their new exhibition The American Dream

Michael Kopelman’s Gimme 5 have done a collection influenced by 1970s band Santana

#gimme5 Santana pack is now available on the site (link in bio)

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Facebook’s autoplay videos will now play with the sound on – Recode – expect audio branding to make a resurgence

Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and a “modern” Nokia 3310 will be unveiled at MWC 2017 – Gizchina.com – the modern Nokia 3310 probably the most anticipated phone launch since the iPhone

ICSR Report – Media Jihad: The Islamic State’s Doctrine for Information Warfare / ICSR – how ISIS is looking to move from a real to a virtual organisation as it suffers real world defeats
General Motors Is in Talks to Sell Opel – WSJ – General Motors Co. has entered talks to sell its European business Opel to Peugeot as the U.S. auto giant seeks to shed money-losing operations abroad – I imagine that China and the US will be its main focus. Surprised Ford hasn’t taken a similar move

Banks Eyeing Dublin After Brexit Face Trader Shortage – Bloomberg – all this will change of course as things kick off

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Facebook agrees to independent metrics audit following pressure – AdNews – guess the pressure from FMCG businesses demanding proper data and trying to stamp out ad fraud is working

Are luxury brands taking their eye off Gen X? | Luxury Daily – lets be honest about it, its a market that marketers haven’t bothered addressing due to the size compared to the book end generations

Into the gray zone – George Washington University – interesting white paper on hacking back. Not the smartest thing to do but interesting (PDF)

The Mighty Middle Market – Edelman – the US’ mittelstadt

Below Deck — The California Sunday Magazine – this kind of work was the prototype for the Ubers of this world

POSIX has become outdated by Atlidakis, Andrus, Geambasu, Mitropoulos & Nieh (Columbia University) – this seems arcane but will impact every part of information technology from mainframes and web infrastructure to Macs and smartphones (both iPhone and Android)

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WSJ City – Sinking Feeling: Shipping Is Latest European Banking Worry – Hanjin shipping slowly unwinding banking sector as shipping loans become sub prime in a tight market

Massive LED screen for Sogo Department Store – Inside Retail – this looks epic

Brexit vote has ‘chilling’ effect on start-up investment – BBC News – actually this might be the fintech bubble deflating and it isn’t likely to lose politicians any votes. Given the love Teresa May had for David Cameron the death of Silicon Roundabout wouldn’t get any complaints from the current government – it might even be a winner as elites suffer

Finnish airline Finnair adds Alipay for inflight shopping | SCMP – really interesting move as Alipay moves beyond the luxury concessions of department stores to other parts of western retail catering to Chinese consumers. I would be very surprised if the Chinese revenue officials aren’t analysing this data very carefully.

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

This week has mostly been work, followed by sleep, followed by more work. The things that made my day this week include

Filipino restaurant chain Brick Burger who came up with buns that look like an edible homage to Lego

Korean longboarder Hyojoo Ko skated and danced around Oscar Niemeyer’s International Cultural Centre in Asturias, Spain for Vogue Japan – enjoy 2 1/2 minutes of awesome.

The Enigma of Hong Kong in the 1950s: Werner Bischof’s Photos at the F11 Photographic Museum – Zolima City Magazine

Nanidato | Free Listening on SoundCloud – this week I have mostly been listening to Japanese pop with a disco feel

Fullstopnewparagraph — Freelance copywriter | London – really nicely designed site

Links of the day | 在网上找到

This Terrifying Camera-head is Supposed to Make Adult VR Content More Intimate | Road To VR

New Life for a Modern Landmark: The Murray Building – Zolima City Magazine – form follows function

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Welcome to the most pro-Brexit town in Britain | FT – One thickset Lithuanian man asked why English people did not seem to like foreign workers. “They complain about us,” he said. “But why they not do the work?”

Why Donald Trump is declaring war on all fronts | Hong Kong Economic Journal Insights – Trump’s approach has quite a lot in common with Mao Zedong’s class-struggle philosophy. Nice analysis

Fullstopnewparagraph — Freelance copywriter | London – really nicely designed site via our Matt

Nine Fears about The Future of Data & Technology – Edelman – interesting research with the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre

Europe after Brexit | Control Risks – basically the EU is better off without the UK

No ‘new London’ in EU after Brexit – RTE – more likely to be geographically fragmented around specialisms such as insurance, fund management etc

The once-mocked iPhone Plus has proven to be Apple’s best bet in years | Quartz – interesting that the article is viewing it from a very western-centric viewpoint. Big phones were in APAC for years before iPhone

Apple’s record quarter by the numbers – Six Colors – the iPad’s bright spots are in China and India – its basically a media playback device

Important Announcement Regarding Club Penguin on Desktop and Mobile Devices | Club Penguin – wow, it had been a stalwart of virtual purchases and child friendly social networks for a good number of years. I wonder what the new platform will look like

Communities Dominate Brands: Deloitte Counted 120 Million Used Smartphones Were Sold in 2016 (growth of 50% vs 2015) – Understanding the second-hand handset market

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

I was in Madrid for the early part of the week and caught up on my reading

Lifting the lid on Japan’s underground Chicano culture | Dazed

I was mostly listening to this six hour mix of 1960s tracks by Greg Wilson

John McTiernan of Die Hard fame makes a live action trailer for a video game, great short film ensues

Combine your love of anime with your desire to get fit

Via Mr Mad Taiwan this is apparently an Apple ad showcasing the night photography capability of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Bosch, Cisco, Gemalto and More: Tech Giants Team Up For Blockchain-IoT – CoinDesk – Buzzword compliance, but what’s wrong with strong crypto without cloud intermediation?

Seven years after its launch, it’s still not entirely clear what an iPad is for | Quartz – I know that feeling well

3D TV is officially dead as Sony and LG stop making sets | FierceCable – “Purchase process research showed it’s not a top buying consideration, and anecdotal information indicated that actual usage was not high. We decided to drop 3D support for 2017 in order to focus our efforts on new capabilities such as HDR, which has much more universal appeal.”

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer | The Guardian – there is also the question of usability as well

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Americans and Cybersecurity | Pew Research Center – trust in institutions to keep their data safe has plummeted

McDonald’s may have a Big Mac ATM, but America has been trying to automate cheeseburgers for more than 50 years — Quartz – robotics disrupting ‘McJobs’

How WeChat bots are running amok | VentureBeat – black market AI powered bots used on WeChat to build friendship and bilk netizens out of cash

China warned of risk to banks from One Belt, One Road initiative | FT – no clear commercial imperative

China’s Army of Global Homebuyers Is Suddenly Short on Cash – Bloomberg – pop goes the London housing bubble?

It’s Generation X, not millennials, who are obsessed with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter — Quartz – interesting research

The Chinese News App with 600 Million Users That You’ve Never Heard Of | MIT Technology Review – Toutiao uses AI to curate headline recommendations

Hitachi Maxell’s LED Lantern Powered by Water, Salt – Nikkei Technology Online – interesting design – Japan has a ‘prepper’ culture due to the earthquakes and tidal waves that happen

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Failed | Slate – good pointers for Brexit and beyond too

Professional pay skewed by snobbery (in UK) | FT – government finds that even if you make it as a working class person in a middle class job, you’ll still be paid less

It’s About Free Speech, Says Tech CEO Cashing In On Breitbart Ads – Medium – when mainstream media aren’t making money from online ad dollars, I can understand why Taboola are hanging on in there

Formula safety still a prime concern of Chinese mums | Campaign Asia – also since grandparents spend a big part in raising the kids, adverts should acknowledge their contribution (paywall)

WeChat’s Hot New Feature Will Be Tricky for Marketers | Digital – AdAge – apps within the app are a new paradigm for marketers

Gen Z Likes Shopping In-Store; Seeing Items Encourages Purchases | MarketingCharts – so why are malls dying then?

Will voice services like Amazon’s Alexa really rise as fast as predicted? | The Drum – interesting op-ed by Rob Blackie. Not as fast as predicted (paywall)

Can post-Brexit London survive as Europe’s cultural and financial capital? | The Guardian – it will take a right kicking basically, some sectors much worse than others

China Marketers Reveal Digital Challenges For Country’s PR Firms: Study | Holmes Report – Interesting reading; that digital is more important is no surprise; agency relationships dropping from 2.9 years to 2.5 years is a surprise though – shorter than advertising etc. PR is more likely a tactical buy

Samsung finally explained what caused the Galaxy Note 7 explosions | Quartz – it sounds like a deeper process issue in design and supply chain management

Three Theories Behind the Global Productivity Slowdown | Naked Capitalism – interesting read, though they are theories only

Xiaomi’s Plan to Rule the World: Build Every Gadget Imaginable | WIRED – more the vintage Sony or Panasonic model than the Nokia model

Vincent Canfield’s Blog – It’s been a while – Chaos Communications Congress hacker meets US customs

Apple’s Full lawsuit against Qualcomm Comes to Light Revealing Secret Licensing Agreements and more – Patently Apple – interesting picking apart of Apple’s claims so it makes sense

China’s fintech industry shows where the rest of the world is heading | Techinasia – interesting read, though China’s conditions are unique

Apple Sues Qualcomm for $1 Billion | CNBC – What’s the back story, why now?

WeChat Official Account Platform | Grata – great write-up

Mobile eSports | JWT Intelligence – interesting that it has finally moved to mobile platforms

Republican Lawmakers in Five States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest | The Intercept – Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 seems eerily prescient

The State of Journalism in China—Ed Wong’s Exit Interview | ChinaFile – worth a listen

Don’t Blame Davos Man for Globalization’s Limits – Bloomberg View – great read

Not Just A Crock: The Viral Word-Of-Mouth Success Of Instant Pot : The Salt : NPR – expecting to see this as a case study in PR decks moving forward

How a football publisher repurposed one event’s worth of video for 4 different platforms – Digiday– really nice laymans guide to video platforms

This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page – Bloomberg – interesting blend of personal and business brand

Do You Want Smell-O-Vision for Your VR Porn? Neither Do We But Here It Is | Motherboard – interesting technology, ewwww product