Nike CEO Confirms Move Away from Wearables – “I think we will be part of wearables going forward, it’ll be integrated into other products that we create.” – doesn’t really sound like a move away, but a change in tack, wearables become hygiene rather than a product category?
Why Burberry’s ‘Unusual’ Tmall Shop Is A Savvy China Move – because Alibaba owns e-commerce in China
When Orange is not Just a Colour, and Other Challenging Queries | Brandwatch – great post on honing searches
Lunar Orbiter Photo Gallery – from the original NASA missions of 1965 and 1966
Vladimir Putin Wants His Own Internet | Slate – interesting less because of the geopolitical theatre than it represents the kind of existential threat that the cloud faces as a business model and the balkanisation of the Internet due to security concerns from ECHELON to Snowden and beyond
Requiem for the Middleman | Slate – interesting critique of the sharing economy
$45 a Month for Unlimited Coffee | Slate – this needs to come to London and Hong Kong pronto
Apple filing points to ‘next big thing’ | FT Tech blog – 2.8 billion dollars put aside for whatever new thing is going into the pipeline
Digital Mapping May Be Nokia’s Hidden Jewel – NYTimes.com – Microsoft wanted to buy Here and failed why would Nokia sell? More likely the company gets bought and broken up for resale
Government Clampdown Trips Up Sina | Young’s China Business – this has been astounding
To surf or not to surf? That is the question – interesting take on Yahoo!’s finances by our Nigel
How do Chinese Phones cost so little? The reasons why availbility is an issue, demand is high and prices are low – Gizchina.com | Gizchina.com
Amazon and the Squeezing of the Middle Class | Gawker – Amazon eating its own customer base?
It’s mostly Android deserters who buy cheap iPhones | BGR – interesting that Apple is getting Android transfer rather than feature phone users
The US just isn’t that important of a market for Huawei, after all | Quartz – but Europe is critical
I, Cringely Digital Me: Will the next Cringely be from Gmail? – I, Cringely – is Google using the mail provider for machine learning as well as advertising?
Design News – Automotive Infotainment Still ‘Bugs’ Luxury Vehicles – it scares me that this is becoming more pervasive
UK Tea Tastes Turn Premium | EuroMonitor International – interesting to see, especially with Premier Foods having had poor financial results this week
Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters for the Fusion network because the future of media is “post text” – a loss for Reuters as Salmon has a great understanding and opinionated view of the sector. Not so sure about the ‘post text’ explanation, I presume they mean programmes on the wireless or them new fangled ‘talkies’ that they show at the cinema filmed in Hollywood
Mindshare launches The Loop | Marketing Interactive – this is interesting; real-time marketing a la the Oreo black out becomes a service sold around events on a Regus serviced office-type model
F.B.I. Informant Is Tied to Cyberattacks Abroad | NY Times – FBI sanctioned hacking overseas to gather intelligence?
Apple’s Profit Still Climbs, but Pressure is Growing – NYTimes.com – If Apple grew the next five years like it did the previous five years, it would be approaching the G.D.P. of Australia
Facebook Beats In Q1 With $2.5B In Revenue, 59% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.28B Users (Josh Constine/TechCrunch) – how much of this revenue is from contextual marketing and how much is from app installs? If the focus is the latter it could be like the business of selling McMansions during the US property boom – wait for the bust…
Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Ubiquitous but Unloved – Digits – WSJ – the most damning number here has to be the percentage usage of ChatOn – given that OTT messaging platforms are currently the hot thing in mobile apps. Even in Korea KakaoTalk would be kiling it, maybe it would make sense for Samsung to buy some great Korean companies like Sentence Lab and Kakao Software
Micro-Robots Are Scary Awesome | Hack A Day – these could be more interesting than 3D printing for manufacturing
Qualcomm Slips: FYQ2 Rev Misses; Raises Year EPS View | TechTraderDaily – not terribly surprising given that Chinese smartphone sales volumes were down
IBM unveils Power8 and OpenPower pincer attack on Intel’s x86 server monopoly – interesting that the focus isn’t necessarily computing power per watt of energy expended
WeChat To Launch Self-Serve Advertising System In Weeks — China Internet Watch – this is a really big deal
BlueFocus chief Oscar Zhao outlines global ambitions | PR Week – 30 per cent revenue from overseas or 900M USD annual billings by 2022