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Getting to know: Perkbox – TalentRocket blog – great profile of my hombre from Yahoo!: Chieu’s joint

EU Space Agency’s Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures • The Register – hacked?

Theresa May’s speech: The view from Europe – University of Liverpool News – University of Liverpool – playing for the peanut gallery

Qualcomm: FTC Alleges Special Deal with Apple – Tech Trader Daily – Barrons.com – Extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent royalties. Qualcomm precluded Apple from sourcing baseband processors from Qualcomm’s competitors from 2011 to 2016. Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.

WSJ City – CPI Hits Two-Year High – UK price inflation due to currency devaluation is going to put a pre-Brexit squeeze on the economy prior to the post-Brexit tumble

Uber and Seamless ads reveal how Silicon Valley is screwing us – Sandpaper Suit – Medium – Silicon Valley’s gateway to serfdom

Instagram Live Stories officially lands in the UK | The Drum – now be able to officially go live within its ephemeral content service

The Problem With AMP | 80×24 – behaviour worthy of antitrust player

Google RAISR Intelligently Makes Low-Res Images High Quality | PCMag.com – whats the difference between this and a near lossless compression algorithm?

Microsoft Veteran Will Help Run Chinese Search Giant Baidu – Bloomberg – Qi Liu from Yahoo! to Microsoft and of to Baidu. I always found him to be a temperamental person

Rubicon Project Reportedly Exploring Potential Sale | Media Post – ad tech is taking a beating

We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #337  – interesting data on SnapChat and brand abandonment of the platform

EU: Robot Workers Are ‘Electronic Persons’ – Robotics & Automation – Products

Greggs to trial delivery service in London | London Evening Standard – unfortunately only in the Square Mile at the moment

Korean duty free shops rely on online Chinese celebs | SCMP – when will the duty free trade be weaponised by China to deal with THAAD

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Porsche pronunciation – the iconic German car company want to stop the peculiarly British mangling of their name. The British tend to assume that the end e is silent, while the correct pronouncation is Porsch-e. More on the video below.

More on Porsche here.

Creative agency ZAK created a parody of 1980s toy advert as a comment on the political upsets of 2016. The A.S.S. Squad features a parody version of Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un alongside Barbie.

A Polish ad, that schools John Lewis on how to make the signature Christmas ad. This advert manages to bring in great storytelling and emotion into play. The bit that most surprised me is that it was for language learning software. Rosetta Stone will need to improve the quality of their own advertising assets.

Japan’s love for acid house, from adverts to anime | Dazed Digital – some of this is nuts, but in a good way. Japanese producers have been mixing acid house elements into idol band productions. Imagine if Simon Cowell was producing X Factor artists using production elements found by rifling through the back catalogue of Detroit techno artists and managing to somehow not make a pigs ear of it all.

FCB Seoul used ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) to emphasise the experience of eating the Ritz crackers. ASMR is becoming a well worn tool for marketers doing online video. But I thought Ritz’ particular execution was really well done in this advert.

More on FMCG here.

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Hanjin Shipping collapse may be the beginning of the end for profitable global trade | South China Morning Post – As capacity growth has continued at around 6 per cent a year, with the global container fleet four times larger today than it was in 2000, so it is estimated that we today have a 30 per cent surplus capacity on the world’s main shipping routes. The combination of extra capacity and stagnant cargo growth has led to a ruthless price war that has meant wonderfully cheap freight rates for exporters, but has stripped the shipping lines of all profit.

The GeoCities Cage at Exodus Communications – amazing pictures – the cloud today wouldn’t look that different

疯狂希莉娅-电影-腾讯视频 (Mad Shelia) – a Chinese homage to Mad Max Thunder Road. Awkward product placements for apps and the fact that Thunder Road wasn’t allowed in China make this low budget work more divisive. Admittedly critics ignore the efforts by the likes of The Asylum in the US who are famous for their mock buster films

Infineon places its bets on compound semiconductors, lidar, radar | Electronics EETimes – interesting that LIDAR is right up there

Ctrip to buy UK’s Skyscanner for US$1.74b | Shanghai Daily – big move for Ctrip

WSJ City – UK Faces Lost Decade of Real Wage Growth – “One cannot stress enough how dreadful that is. We have certainly not seen a period remotely like it in the last 70 years.”

Autumn Statement shows cost of casual work ‘gig economy’ – BBC News – The UK’s “gig economy”, powered by self-employment and casual work, is starting to hit government revenues. Wednesday’s Autumn Statement for the first time showed how it is cutting into the government tax take. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates that in 2020/21 it will cost the Treasury £3.5bn. Wild West Workplace – self employment in Britain’s gig economy by Frank Field and Andrew Forsey – (PDF) the case study on couriers is particularly insightful and gives you an idea of how screwed it all is

China first to record 1m patent filings in a year | FT – interesting debate over what this means. Is it really innovation or driven by state targets. In some areas such as telecommunications there is a definite patent land grab and research being done for competitive advantage

Mainland money distorting Hong Kong land prices, tycoon warns | FT.com – I would have said that has been the case since the handover, its also distorting land prices and property prices

DPC steps up Yahoo! hack investigation | RTE – bad news for Yahoo! from an EU perspective

China’s airports to ‘scrap boarding pass on domestic flights as early as next year’ | South China Morning Post – interesting, I wonder how this will affect foreigners on domestic flights?

Strategy Analytics: Apple Captures Record 91 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Profits in Q3 2016 – which gives you an idea of how thin the margins are. BBK – owners of Vivo and OPPO are killing Huawei by comparison. This implies that Huawei’s premium range isn’t doing as well as its budget Honor range when one takes into account the cost of preparing for production (tooling etc) as well as bill of materials

IBM new server produced by Wistron, adopted by Tencent | DigiTimes – interesting that it looks so different to servers from the likes of Facebook or Google and much more like an enterprise data centre

Apple Takes Record Profit Share with iPhone in Q3, Says Strategy Analytics – Tech Trader Daily – which shows how commoditised the smartphone market has become, especially when you think that Apple itself has declining margins on the iPhone 7

Telegram launches Telegraph, a long-form publishing platform | VentureBeat – new paste bin type blogging platform, though many have considered it as a challenge to Medium / new blogging platform

Apple dumps wireless router development, will exit the market – ExtremeTech – this is a shame as I have found Apple Routers exceptionally easy to set up and very reliable. Apple is being ruined by the tyranny of large numbers and design obsessions in many of the wrong places

Forbes: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House – it is interesting how the Democrats ‘unlearned’ lessons of the Obama campaign