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Pharrell Williams – Happy – despite the insanity of having a 24-hour video, Happy just works. Happy as a song works uniquely well as a loop In addition the time visualisation is lovely. Simple flat design that feels a bit like HUD (head up display). My favourite clip kicks in at 4:20PM. Happy was an ear worm before the 24 hour video. The soundtrack of my dreams last night was Happy.
Managing expectations is more important than actual performance for CEOs – Quartz – And PR has it’s role to play
Brands need to reassess Gen Y – focus on experiences, not really surprising given how many ‘objects’ have been obliterated by digital economy
Starbucks is now selling 46% more things an hour than it was five years ago – Starbucks product sales
Cool Websites & Tools – PDF Search Engine, Brain Teasers, & Real-Time Filesharing – PDF Fetch – is a search engine for finding PDF files. According to the site, it fetches PDF files, eBooks, digital publications, presentations and electronic documents. Simply type what kind of PDF file you are searching for – yes there is a Google shortcut but people may find this easier
ROLEX Facebook page – really nice terms of service that the brand shines through
Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year – According to friendly “leaks” passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year.
It’s a Good Policy to Have Social Media Rules in Writing – NYTimes.com – social media policies tame the wild world of digital.
Wolff Olins Blog – Make enemies, not just friends – or stand for something
Swatting at a Swarm of Public Relations Spam – NYTimes.com – expect a detonation on media relations practices
ISPs should block ‘pirate’ websites, says European Court of Justice – Advocate General Cruz Villalón hints at the future
WordPress Goes Legal: Sues Over Two Egregiously Bogus DMCA Notices That Were Designed To Censor | Techdirt – interesting as this could have implications for Hotfile / Time Warner
World Wide Web founder predicts Chinese leaders will take down ‘Great Firewall’ on their own – The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, predicts that Chinese leaders will eventually dismantle the ‘Great Firewall’ on their own because it’s inhibiting economic growth.
Yahoo! Hong Kong Deals Most Popular Coupon site in Hong Kong, Groupon and Taobao Juhuasuan show strong growth – The coupon sector in Hong Kong has seen a healthy growth of 14.7% from 1.24 million unique visitors in April 2013 to 1.42 million unique visitors in September 2013.
Ministers will order ISPs to block terrorist and extremist websites | The Guardian – Great Britannic Firewall
Safeplug delivers Tor-in-a-box for anonymous web surfing | SiliconANGLE – interesting accessible Tor, will this get around the Firefox vulnerabilities that government agencies have used to crack Tor?
Unnamed US officials speculate on Snowden’s ‘doomsday cache’ – feels a bit like spin, we’ll never know though
Remote gambling in Singapore facing heavy restrictions – Online and other remote betting activities within Singapore will be illegal, subject to “specific exemptions”, under plans to be drawn up by the Government in the country.
A Beautiful Mystery – IDEO’s Spark app
Microsoft admits it has ‘too many operating systems’ – Likely will merge Windows RT and Windows Phone
How Ford is building an app program by developers, for developers (video) | VentureBeat – how long before we have Stuxnet for cars used to target people who may own a Ford like say some of the Mexican cartels?
Why Intel wants to be everyone’s chip maker – interesting analysis
Web of no web
There will be almost 200 million mobile augmented reality users by 2018 – putting pressure on battery technology currently solves by external battery packs and in-car charging
Samsung’s massive ad spend | Open (minds, finds, conversations)… – compensating for maturity in smartphone design and differentiation
Samsung’s curved Galaxy Round smartphone fails to sell – Firm can’t raise a glass, no one is buying a Round