Links of the day

Europe faces ‘inflationary shock,’ EU says – International Herald Tribune – it will hit the poorest people hardest

Google sites drive a third of UK Internet traffic, says Hitwise | Technology | Guardian Unlimited – sounds a bit low given that seven out of ten internet journeys start with search

Insiders: 7 Confessions Of An Apple Macintosh Specialist – the best bit is how to screw with the store manager

Google Begins Experimenting with Image Recognition – very powerful leap forward, potentially negates the need for things like tagging in the longer term?

Alibaba Killer? Chinese Ministries Unveil New B2C Website

Morgan Stanley presentation on internet trends (March 18, 2007) – Meeker and Co roll out an interesting presentation

‘Hundreds of thousands’ of Microsoft web servers hacked. FAIL | Technology | Guardian Unlimited

DDB whitepaper on social communities, brand and product marketing – or as they call it ‘digital swarms’. Are we all just giant wasps to them? ;)

Deliciously wrong II

A while ago I blogged about children’s cigarette packets that had ambiguous designs which may encourage children to smoke as adults. You can see that post ‘Deliciously Wrong‘ here. Cyber Candy had some new package designs.

Death Row cigarettes

Death Row cigarettes are really exceptionally honest or trying to singlehandly bring back a west coast gangsta rap revival that would make Suge Knight very happy.

Just like Dad! cigarettes

Just Like Dad makes no pretence about its ulterior mission to develop future cigarette smokers, but you have to love the 50’s clip-art used on the package design. The young boy looks like the protagonist in 1950s TV show Leave It To Beaver.

Links of the day

NHK’s ‘Domo-kun’ to be aired in 101 countries › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion – Way cool Domo-kun is a bit of an icon, looking forward to seeing his TV debut in UK

Facebook | Lexicon – Facebook’s answer to Google Zeitgeist

Europe Lags on Internet Penetration, Moves Ahead on Broadband Take-Up – interesting take on the mobile web here by Edelman thats a bit at odds to what I have heard from developers (rather than marketers) in terms of its viability

Faster – Why Constant Stress is Part of Our Future

EastSouthWestNorth: Why Is CNN Patriotic? – interesting piece on the western media from a Chinese perspective

Russia warming up to open source

Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?

When China learned to say no – interesting interview with Chinese authors about ‘China can say no’ and the Chinese national identity

Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang: Valley Internet icon now in a tough spot – SiliconValley.com

Social Tools for the Office Worker: How to Subvert I.T. and Play at Work

Wired News – GPS market challenges – GPS devices heading towards market saturation

Apple: Salesforce to become an all-Mac shop

Jargon Watch: BYM

Buy Your Mind (BYM) – the exact opposite to DIY-culture. Instead of tinkering and hacking hardware, customising a set of jeans or designing your own t-shirt range (even if its, Threadless, Spreadshirt, Le Fraise or Cafe Press printing them) you purchase someone else’s designs.

This came from a sub-titled video that I watched  at the V&A’s China Design Now exhibtion. The video showed the grass roots feel of the MIDI music festival in Beijing (my experience of a Taiwanese oi band last summer at the Hong Kong Arts Club was not a fluke, punk is apparently big in China) and the way DIY small-scale t-shirt and badge sellers were being edged out as new business took over (think Glastonbury but without the pseudo-hippie undertones).

The festival merchandise and experience was described as moving from DIY to BYM. Most of the film was shot in 2005/6, the final shot being a sign forbidding the small scale merchants selling their DIY items. With the cancellation of this years MIDI music festival until after the olympic games, the organisers are instead throwing a grand party with a return the DIY ethic of earlier MIDI festivals.

Links of the day

Hong Kong smart card service in its 11th year on PSFK – nice article on how HKG’s funky Octopus card kicks ass (I use mine to pay for popcorn at the AMC cinema in Pacific Place as well as getting around HKG), whilst LDN’s Oyster is about as much use as one hand clapping. Once personal issues move out of the way, am very tempted to sack off Europe and move to Asia: either TYO, HKG, SIN

100 Cheer Girl – interesting flash animation for a Japanese recruitment agency

Five Tips for Podcasters

Upgrading processors for speed is doomed to failure – the need of paralellism in software – PS3 coders who have had a lot experience on programming for paralellism could be in demand doing business software

RCRD LBL | Free MP3 Downloads

PingMag – Archive » Style Wars: Art or Crime? – reflections on the classic graffitti documentary

Grou.ps Launches Public Beta – ReadWriteWeb – Interesting social network tool aggregator / groupware platform

Web 2.0: Obsolete within three years? – this isn’t as bad as it sounds, most technological progress is littered with failures.

New rules for expats in China – International Herald Tribune

Consumers Using Social Media to ‘Vent’ about, Research Customer Service