Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

Microsoft’s ex-product supremo is more interesting now that he has left – CES 2018: Real Advances, Real Progress, Real Questions

Watchfinder have come up with a video celebrating the 150th anniversary of Swiss watch brand IWC

What would Star Wars have looked like if Bruce hadn’t died in in July 1973?

An account of a former Wall Street financier’s explorations in ‘flyover country’ in the US is eerily reminescent of my own experience visiting the North of England

In the distant future, human consciousness can be digitized and downloaded into different bodies. Brought back to life after 250 years by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) the richest man on Earth, ex-Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman / Will Yun Lee) must solve Bancroft’s attempted murder for the chance to live again in a world he doesn’t recognize.

This looks epic, February cannot come fast enough

ICYMI | 万一你错过了| 당신이 그것을 놓친 경우

Interesting analysis on where the financial services industry is going to move their units post-Brexit to continue working in the EU.

As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Branding – Adweek – again. Has had peaks in usage from jingles to the Intel ‘dong’, Nokia’s ringtone and the Cillit Bang ‘BANG!’

2018 Fashion: We Drop “Plus Size” And Evolve Past The Retail Apocalypse | Fast Company – from plus size separate sections to ‘size inclusive’

Kroger And Rivals In Talks To Buy Wholesale Startup Boxed For Up To $500 Million | Forbes – I am surprised that a CPG player like P&G haven’t thrown their hat in the ring

China Smartphone Market 2017: Top 10 Best-selling Models – Counterpoint Research – interesting read, basically Apple is the premium smartphone seller. Huawei’s Honor brand makes the top ten along with Xiaomi. It also explains why Huawei wants to get its main brand into the US as that is the main way it can increase the razor thin profit margins of its smartphone business. The real winner is BBK-related brands OPPO and vivo

ongoing by Tim Bray · Google Memory Loss  – the whole Web is crush­ing­ly ex­pen­sive, and get­ting more so ev­ery day. Things like 10+-year-old mu­sic re­views that are nev­er up­dat­ed, no longer ac­cept com­ments, are light­ly if at all linked-to out­side their own site, and rarely if ev­er visited… well, let’s face it, Google’s not go­ing to be sell­ing many ads next to search re­sults that turn them up. So from a busi­ness point of view, it’s hard to make a case for Google in­dex­ing ev­ery­thing, no mat­ter how old and how ob­scure – the problem for Google would only be if you started to see search promiscuity

Facebook’s Adam Mosseri on Why You’ll See Less Video, More From Friends | WIRED – less video in the newsfeed as a consequence of the changes

Vice May Risk Losing Cool Cachet With Brands Over Sexism Concerns | Ad Age – not terribly surprising. Disappointing given the quality and diversity of their content

Unilever picks AnalogFolk as digital agency of record for its food brands | CampaignLive – this is UK market stuff only, so would be working alongside global agencies. Plus side great win, downside Leatherhead is a long way from Shoreditch

GDPR for public relations: driving up standardss — Stephen Waddington – good read, BUT I have been reading articles about improving the standard of PR beyond shotgunning generic pitches for decades literally

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you | FT Alphaville – in China, the data linked to technology companies is already central to the notion of credit provision. It also plays into the country’s planned social credit system. This has come alongside the rapid development of online payments, especially on WePay, part of WeChat. It would be no exaggeration to say that this is perhaps the most important technological development of the present moment, although, in part because of the impenetrability of the Chinese internet, it currently resonates less than it should

ICYMI | 万一你错过了| 당신이 그것을 놓친 경우

Benedict Evans on ten-year future predictions (well as good as anyone can)

YouGov | Who is on top in the Nike vs. Adidas battle? – UK only data

The bitcoin drugs trade is highly centralised | FT Alphaville – looks that the cryptocurrency bubble could burst pronto

How an unknown Chinese phone maker became No 3 in India by solving the oily fingers problem | South China Morning Post – “Big companies which sell smartphones in more than 100 countries are too global to care for one single market,” Chowdhury said in an interview in Shenzhen. “The core strategy for us is to become the favourite mobile phone brand in emerging markets.”

HSBC’s Amy and other soon-to-be released AI chatbots are about to change the way we bank | South China Morning Post

Why Uber Can Find You but 911 Can’t – WSJ – one can understand the reluctance of technology companies to get involved

The Pet Shop Boys are the face (and sound) of Christian Dior’s men’s collection this summer.

Luxury group Kering to spin off Puma to shareholders | RTE – not terribly surprising it fits awkwardly with the other brands

Google Plans to Vet YouTube Premium Video Content – Bloomberg – guessing the News International media campaign and Logan Paul debacle is starting to have an impact

How China’s market economy has fuelled a prostitution boom | South China Morning PostMy grandma was always grateful to Mao, mainly because she was upgraded from a concubine to a wife under the Communists “one wife” rule. – There is also the shredding of culture and community during the cultural revolution probably ruined community / support mechanisms

ICYMI | 万一你错过了| 당신이 그것을 놓친 경우

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars | New Republic – The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers

LegalFling – Get explicit about sexual consent – blockchain start-up WTF

Noah Smith on Twitter: “1/OK, a thread about Bitcoin. (but really about nominal vs. real quantities)” – really interesting thread

Three Thoughts on Day One at CES 2018 – not surprised that computing is moving to the edge as the network represents latency and potential unreliability – think about how cloud failure when it hit Nest devices and IoT obselescence

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week (and a bit longer)

Chad Dickerson’s Fieldnotes – an email newsletter from one of the key people during Yahoo!’s web 2.0 geek golden age and former CEO of Etsy

This is the second time lapse film I’ve seen done by an officer on a ship. I get it. No internet would give you a lot of time to put the film together. It opens up a world that I had only heard of from people older than me who had served on ships when westerners were sailors.

Greg Wilson put together this mix of his favourite edits that had been done in 2017

Louis Vuitton’s LV Pass app did some really nice integration with Apple’s Messenger stickers.


Fair play to Nokia for running this campaign on their website over Christmas