Links of the day | 在网上找到

Cathay Pacific rethinks in-flight meals with on-demand catering trial on long haul services | SCMP – really interesting change in process

Exclusive: Japan to vet bidders in Toshiba chip sale for national security risks – sources | Reuters – probably doesn’t want China dicking them about like they have been doing with Korea and have done in the past with rare earth metals

A brief history of blockchain | HBR  – nice technical 101

Beijing industry minister says no discrimination against foreign companies | SCMP – empirical evidence would tend to suggest otherwise

Faulty Towers: Understanding the impact of overseas corruption on the London property market – Transparency International UK – so basically if you’re from a high corruption country Transparency International is tarring you with the same brush. This needs to be a bit more nuanced

Unwind by Sync Project – look at the site on your phone, it accesses your heart rate presumable via the touch sensor??? and plays music to help you unwind based on the data

The Internet of Things and interaction style: the effect of smart interaction on brand attachment: Journal of Marketing Management: Vol 33, No 1-2 – pay wall

Urban Outfitters’ CEO says the US retail bubble is bursting, just like housing in 2008 | Quartz – time to think about shorting Gap, Arcadia, Sports Direct etc

Brexit hole at the heart of British budget – POLITICO – Brexit as a term apparently now polls badly….

“Adulting School” teaches millennials grown-up skills like hanging a picture, fitting a sheet, and networking — Quartz – Some interesting stuff in here, some of the subjects remind me of night classes. The demographics points are good though

Report: LVMH to Launch Multi-Brand E-Commerce Site | News & Analysis | BoF – going after Yoox | Net a Porter and department stores

Online Affiliate Marketing – ASA | CAP – making video blogs relations with brand clear by for instance having ad in the title

‘Superstar Firms’ May Have Shrunk Workers’ Share of Income | NY Times – is this analogous to rent seeking and monopolistic power?

Flickr Adds ‘Similarity Search’ to Help You Discover Visually Similar Photos | Peta Pixel – bloody handy for mood boards and presentations

Doppler Labs sues Bose for allegedly stealing augmented audio tech – Business Insider – new category of active hearing products

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

I have been thankful that I use Accuweather as the go to weather app on my phone this week as the weather has been changeable from seasonal to miserable.

Things that caught my attention this week

My favourite listening material this week: Playlist: Crush Club Share Their Favorite Funky Songs To Dance the Night Away With – Magnetic Magazine

I didn’t get to go to the Monocle media summit but there is a great set of highlights here: The Monocle Media Summit, The Stack 236 – Radio | Monocle

Chanel’s fashion show as rocket launch shows by Karl Lagerfeld is still in the game

#CHANELGroundControl #CHANELFallWinter #PFW

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See how Wong Kar wai influenced the Oscar winning film Moonlight – The side-by-side comparisons that show how a Hong Kong director influenced “Moonlight”

Great to see this manufacturing story – Jack White Celebrates Third Man’s New Detroit Vinyl Pressing Plant [VIDEO] – hypebot

Links of the day | 在网上找到

WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Tools – Schneier on Security

BBC Radio 4 – PM, British Airways to cut legroom on planes – WTF

University of Twente | Electronic energy meters’ false readings almost six times higher than actual energy consumption | University of Twente – Enschede – which also explains why vendors love smart meters

Q&A: Nicholas Thompson looks to push Wired into the future by returning to radical roots – Columbia Journalism Review – glad its happening. Wired has lost its mojo

Why I left Mac for Windows: Apple has given up | Charged – damning indictment

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Researchers uncover PowerShell Trojan that uses DNS queries to get its orders | Ars Technica – ingenious in its execution

How to change WeChat Official Account without losing followers | Walk The Chat

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred | danah boyd

How China’s ‘Mr. Bags’ Moves Luxury Handbags in Mere Minutes | Business of Fashion

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Uber uses Greyball tool to deceive authorities: REPORT – Business Insider – just wow

WeChat’s ‘instant apps’ are falling flat | Techinasia – interesting learnings for western platforms

London housing: ‘Eight out of 10 homes in flagship London schemes sold to overseas buyers’ | London Evening Standard – could property developers get by on the domestic market though?

Spend too much time on PowerPoint and Excel? Get this FREE plugin! | David Price | Pulse | LinkedIn – LinkedIn e-commerce???

CIPR Research Paints Downbeat Picture Of UK PR Industry | Holmes Report – so basically things haven’t moved on over the past 10 years or so?

Huawei’s Campus Design Under Fire – WSJ – “When you build something, especially like a headquarters, you’re making a statement about who you are.” said Aric Chen, lead curator for design and architecture at the M+ museum in Hong Kong. “I’m not sure what this statement is saying about Huawei.” – I thought it’s aping of existing architecture in European cities quite appropriate

Bot nets | Schneier on Security – great write-up

YouTube TV – interesting experiment

RIP Dmoz: The Open Directory Project is closing | SearchEngineLand – probably only of interest to old school web users and SEO people. Directories and their taxonomies were the search engines of yore. Back when I worked at Yahoo! Dmoz had already been depreciated as a signalling factor in search engine results. Danny Sullivan gives it a good write-up

Facebook now ranks your ❤️️’s above your 👍’s | The Next Web – Buzzfeed must be pissed

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

The highlight of this week was briefly catching up with a couple of friends from Yahoo!. I didn’t get to watch The Oscars, but even I was aware that it was FUBAR’d. The Mobile World Congress saw the launch of new handsets by Sony, LG and Huawei – but were drowned about by Nokia reinventing their iconic 3310 feature phone. This showed that smartphone manufacturers had crafted their products to a high degree and no longer came up with products that amazed us. They are all now much-of-a-muchness.

Rolex broke out an advertising campaign across TV and online to coincide with The Oscars. It shows the heritage that Rolex had in Hollywood. It surprised me that Rolex felt the need to do this

The Worst Mission Statement Of All Time – Medium – epic

Siberian tigers take out a drone that had been harassing them

A Bathing Ape (BAPE) have done a tie-in with the new King Kong film. Given the Vietnam era setting I think that they could have done so much more such as ‘combat Zippo’ lighters, embroidered jackets and fatigues – instead there’s a t-shirt.

A BATHING APE®︎ X KONG:SKULL ISLAND #bape #kongskullisland #KongIsKing #キングコング映画

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A really nice film on data featuring Faris Yakob

Links of the day | 在网上找到

MWC 2017: Telcos cannot afford another ‘OTT’ in the IoT age – NEC | total telecom – changes business model of IoT businesses

Sony Xperia Touch projector makes any surface a multitouch computer (nifty, expensive niche product) – Liliputing – its lovely tech and a really nice design, but the price is hard to justify

Scraping by on six figures? Tech workers feel poor in Silicon Valley’s wealth bubble | Technology | The Guardian – great indicators of a bubble

Economic Research | Age Discrimination and Hiring of Older Workers – interesting research by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak’s Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System | Fast Company | Business + Innovation – this is an epic piece of engineering

How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017 | Zhubert – I’d imagine that this is also true for non-fiction

Australia found the Achilles’ heel of tobacco companies, and a record number of smokers quit – inverse proof of how valuable brand and design are

Which Grand Tour presenter should you be mates with? | The Grand Tour | The Guardian – since when did the Guardian start doing Buzzfeed listicles? Since Amazon got native advertising done for The Grand Tour

The case for creativity | Cannes Lions – which should have a sub heading ‘Pockets of financial performance that 3G Capital (Kraft Foods / Heinz) will miss out on’

Toshio Nakanishi of Major Force and Skylab has died aged 61 – FACT Magazine – so long Tycoon To$h

Warren Buffett’s letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors explains how to use fear to your advantage — Quartz – First, widespread fear is your friend as an investor, because it serves up bargain purchases. Second, personal fear is your enemy. It will also be unwarranted.

‘Uber Is Doomed’, Argues Transportation Reporter – Slashdot

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check – Bloomberg  – only about 20% of what Saudi Arabia has bargained on which will make their sovereign fund plan difficult to achieve

Links of the day | 在网上找到

R3 Admits Defeat, Stops Blockchain Development – The Merkle

The Long Nose of Innovation – Bloomberg

WaiGuoRen – Chinese meme going around

Chip Equipment Billings Hold Steady | EE Times – positive forward signalling for the technology sector economic outlook

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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