UK to force prepaid phone buyers to produce ID – it will be interesting to see what the financial impact will be. It will also hit the sales of PAYG phones as presents for elderly relatives or kids
Communities Dominate Brands: The promise of engagement marketing – interesting case study from Japanese brand Tohato which used a MMORG to capture the attention of young male adults in Japan
All Social Media Is Local 2008 – really good presentation by the team at Edelman including John Kerr in Singapore
Communities Dominate Brands: Ten stages in life, thinking of how we change behaviour – really interesting analysis article
Motorola Readies Its Own Android Social Smartphone – BusinessWeek – but not until well into 2009
CLUB LEGEND 20th – AVEX Trax celebrates the old school TYO dance scene
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Five Reasons Why Whole Foods Gets Facebook – US posh supermarket Whole Foods has some interesting lessons that other brands can learn in its use of social networks
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Ctrl-Alt-Del | PBS – speculation on Apple’s hardware plans
New 2008 Social Technographics data reveals rapid growth in adoption – adoption picking up
Second Life now offering Business Teleconferencing – I am surprised that this didn’t happen sooner, I’ve thought that this was the killer application for metaverses for a long time.
Innovation vs. Litigation – Advertising Age – DigitalNext – the challenges that brands face in social media engagement
Free offers must truly be free, ad watchdog rules | OUT-LAW.COM – “An offer should be described as free only if consumers pay no more than: a) the minimum, unavoidable cost of responding to the promotion, eg the current public rates of postage, the cost of telephoning up to and including the national rate or the minimum, unavoidable cost of sending an e-mail or SMS text message b) the true cost of freight or delivery c) the cost, including incidental expenses, of any travel involved if consumers collect the offer. Promoters should not charge for packing, handling or administration.
INQ Mobile – ‘social’ handsets from Hutchison Whampoa built on brew like the existing Skype handsets
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Collateral Damage | PBS – interesting take on the mobile market, not one that I necessarily agree with, but interesting none the less.
BBC NEWS | Business | Blogging for beginners – BBC provides advice on how to start blogging and features Going Underground’s Annie Mole
Youcalc democratizes analytics with “smart widgets” » VentureBeat – interesting looking idea
Featured Mac Download: Don’t Get Stuck With Your Default Browser, Get Choosy – must download this weekend
Poladroid project : the easiest and funniest Polaroid Image Maker – this is brilliant
Icelanders are NOT terrorists – direct action website complaining about the UK government’s use of anti-terror legislation to freeze Icelandic funds following the credit fall out. Interesting use of social media.
CNNBC video – Very cleverly done, inserts user specific data in video footage
Q&A with Peter Chou, HTC’s chief executive and co-founder – SiliconValley.com – its not about competition, its about opportunity. Something to bear in mind
<head> Web Conference: October 24-26, 2008 – gutted that I missed the London leg