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High-end CNC machines can’t be moved without manufacturers’ permission – Boing Boing – brings into question the very idea of ownership and makes the machines easier to be malevolently hacked

Production Methods: Metal Injection Molding (MIM) – Core77 – 3D printing will probably take a while to displace

Jing Daily: Baidu set to shake up China’s online travel market – it will be interestingt to see how this plays with CTrip

China Online Video Market Report for 2013 – China online video market kept growing fast, partly because television is so bad and YouKu has been doing deals like Sherlock and Big Bang Theory

China’s Total Delivery Packages May Reach 9 Billion in 2013 – Total number of China’s annual delivery packages might rank the number one in the world in 2013, according to China Post official data.

Expect wild 2014 with China crackdown on shadow banking – assuming that the government reform programme works. Xi is asserting his authority to be able to push through change

First prescription-only app – may mean that other apps currently on the stores aimed at physicians will be forced to retrofit a similar mechanism

Global spending on tech will fall this year – where is the innovation?

Price wars in China hitting Samsung – race to the bottom in the marketplace

Apple’s mobile sales in Europe grow in strength | City A.M.

Arkr brings Vitamine under its fold – Campaign Asia – the capabilities of these two would be a good fit with Blue Focus

US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE • The Register – which will adversely affect US technology sales

What “viable search engine competition” really looks like.

HSBC China services PMI falls to lowest since August 2011 | South China Morning Post – (paywall) there are some issues with the data, including that it only includes private companies rather than state owned enterprises, but interesting none-the-less

Lure Of China’s Gray Economy Reaches Rich And Poor : NPR – a problem since the time of Confucius

Clients pushed back investments or launches in Q4 2013, says Maurice Lévy – some of its clients pushed back new launches or media spend into 2014.

Social commerce, the influence of China and other tech trends for Southeast Asia in 2014 – The Next Web

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China’s debt: The auditors’ footnotes | The Economist – not as bad as the numbers looked (paywall)

WhatsApp Is The Leading Messaging App – Business Insider – what Business Insider fail to understand is that its not a zero sum game

Luxury market cooling down – Xinhua |

49 pc of ultra-affluent US consumers prefer American products and services: study

Tencent, not Google, maps out China’s biggest ‘street view’

Firms using ‘black PR’ to tear down rivals | SCMP – no real surprises here, in the UK and US it’s called competitor depositioning but I think black PR is a better name (paywall)

China’s non-manufacturing PMI eases | RTHK – slowing non-manufacturing growth

China’s reform plans could put a big dent in Macau’s $45 bln casino business – Quartz – facilitating moving money out of the country more easily

4.7 million reasons China got the latest season of Sherlock three weeks before the US – Quartz – piracy and nascent revenue streams in China from licensed content

Apple Gains Holiday Smartphone Market Share Weight in the US

Digital Ads: How Facebook, Google, And Twitter Target Us – ReadWrite

Study: Women Love Social Media More Than Men (Unless It’s LinkedIn) | Adweek – (paywall)

Hermès rethinks winter catalogs with narrative video – Luxury Daily

Huckberry | In Defense Of The Defender – really nice overview of the iconic Land Rover

The Doughnut Paradox: Indulgence Positioning in a World Obsessed With Health and Wellness – Euromonitor International – indulgence is basically a luxury experience

China’s Rebalancing: A Transition to Slower Growth | The Diplomat

The 10 most popular posts of 2013

I delved into Google Analytics to pull together the ten most popular posts of 2013

I like Chicken Cottage t-shirtNothing like a bit of subversive graphic design to subvert a well-known designer brand through a nod to a favoured eating establishment of the drunken under-class
Bruce Schneier on the state of the webOne of the most intelligent commentators on online security calling it the way he sees it
The PRISM postI tried to put things in perspective and cut through the hyperbole
The sound of Trevor Fung and Greg Wilson putting history straightGetting the story right about house music in the UK, instead of the common white-washing and the always pleasurable sounds of Trevor Fung
The Nokia-Microsoft postNot so timely post on the acquisition of Nokia’s problematic handset business by Microsoft
The future of Human Computer InteractionWhy developments can take so long to get right
Apple’s most interesting power-play: iCloud Keychain®But for the fact that Apple didn’t manage to build an app that was as remotely good as 1Password, this looked like a deceptively sticky application that could cement our reliance across the Apple platform eco-system
Speaking at Best Practices for Integrated Mobile Marketing Conference (August 1-2, 2013)A preview post that I did in advance of a presentation that I gave at the beginning of August in Hong Kong about how to create a mobile social campaign
Development of social media in the pharmaceutical industryA really simple post that had been percolating in the back of my mind since I had moved from the UK to Hong Kong
50 ways that you know you are generation-xA BuzzFeed-esque post


Links of the day | 在网上找到

Don’t Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality | Reports – it’s public policy, not technology

A Fashion Community, Share, View and Tick:: Tickalook

Revlon to shut down China operations – US cosmetics company Revlon says it was shutting down its operations in China to cut costs. The move will cost 1,100 people to lose their jobs.

NFV up, iOS down: mobile predictions for 2014 – Rethink Wireless

Will you disrupt the future or optimise the past? The choice is yours.

Baidu’s Zeitgeist: Top Search Terms in China in 2013 — China Internet Watch

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2014 will be a good year for Bubblewatching – broadstuff

Customer Experience Digital Data Layer v 1.0 | W3C – standardisation of analytics tags. Should see IT and marketing more joined up? (PDF)

Daily chart: Less is Moore | The Economist – Moore’s Law is topping out

Good news: Japan is finally defeating deflation. Bad news: Japan is finally defeating deflation – Quartz

Loyal Subscribers Keep Hobby Magazines Afloat – – tapping into passions and providing valued niche content