Facebook CEO Ready to Spend Billions to Spread Web Access – Bloomberg – as Benedict Evans points out, global mobile capex is $200 billion; substantially larger than the entire online advertising revenues worldwide
Infographic: iPhone 6 most wanted features | Telecom Asia – are these really the most wanted features?
Crypto-consumers – Anthony Mayfield on a trend towards privacy. The question is will sufficient amounts of consumers care?
T-Mobile sues Chinese telecom giant Huawei | The Seattle Times – using T-Mobile’s stolen robot technology to test non-T-Mobile handsets and improve return rates for handsets developed and sold to other carriers
Last year I got to work on one of the first consumer marketing campaigns in Myanmar using Facebook. The country because of its newly open nature presents international companies with a large opportunity, but there are large challenges to overcome in order to take advantage of this challenge. I put some top line numbers together in a presentation
From Taiwan, Broad Support for Democracy in Hong Kong – NYTimes.com – maybe China doesn’t care about Taiwan in terms of niceties any more in comparison the potential disruption that Hong Kong could cause to other Chinese cities
Nokia: Android, iOS map apps will take on Google, Apple head-to-head | BGR – admitted the first attempt went horribly wrong
Under Armour CEO Says He Will Keep Bidding For Celebrities – WSJ – (paywall)
Things that made my day this week
Football star Cristiano Ronaldo is sponsored by a Japanese company to promote a facial fitness device resulting in a cringeworthy advertisement and some of the most uncomfortable event footage I have seen in a while. It is worthwhile watching just for the cringe factor. There is no word on how well the Ronaldo promotion has been doing for manufacturer MTG.
Amazing video of how the FBI used to handle fingerprints prior to digitisation of records. The filing cabinets are impressive and the process is laborious.
The South China Morning Post have built a great parallax site that talks about the Chinese contribution to World War 1 and the sacrifices made supporting troops on the western front. Chinese labour was the Halliburton of its day, providing everything from trench digging and tank servicing to logistics including ferrying water supplies in Iraq. More here.
Anti-surveillance clothing is now a thing with a Kickstarter campaign to provide clothing that cloaks electronic devices like a smartphone from prying three-and-four letter agencies.
Finally a great presentation from New Zealand conference Webstock on the benefits of quitting, which seemed appropriate content to round this post off on
Masamune Shirow’s Ghost In The Shell is a three-volume manga series (volumes 1, 1.5 and 2) that is based on a Japanese security service team who try and solve cyber-crime related issues. The stories deal with a future where technology is embedded into human beings and augment them. It is also based around a world where the internet of things is an everyday occurrence. The author obvioiusly goes deeply into the story as a thought experiment with side notes explaining either technological developments or why he has made certain decisions.
Unfortunately, the designers of smart televisions and refridgerators didn’t pay much attention to these books, otherwise they would not have left these products so open to being hacked. Come for the sci-fi stay the course of the books for the underlying ideas.