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Links of the day

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Nokia’s designs on Apple | – interview with Marko Ahtisaari. On privacy: “The industrial logic of every single social network is that those terms of service will be renegotiated very quickly.” On interface design “All the touchscreen interfaces are very immersive. You have to put your head down. What Nokia is very good at is designing for mobile use: one-handed, in the pocket. Giving people the ability to have their head up again is critical to how we evolve user interfaces.” No comments on why the N900 and N97 are the worst of both worlds – bring back the Communicator form factor / Companies / Retail – Gome reappoints ousted Bain directors – its like a tele-novella

Leveraging Baidu to Reach the Chinese Audience – Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? – is our relentless striving to feel good no matter what actually making us miserable? Would we be better to accept that life comes with good times and bad, and make peace with that?

Google claims its privacy protections are adequate in response to regulators’ criticisms | Pinsent Masons LLP

Conversation Catalysts — MS&L – interesting source of stats on social media conversations about brands

News : NDS – UK Government wire service

Packing Tips From Professional Travelers – – thanks to Salim for this gem

Why Hong Kong Is China’s New Tech Hub «’s The China Tracker

术语定义 | jargon watch | 용어의 정의

Jargon Watch: Zucked

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In the 1990s it used to be that start-up companies ran the risk of being crushed out of existence by Microsoft. Names like Borland, Novell and even IBM suffered. Windows was the dominant platform in business and home use, the Rolling Stones did a special concert for the launch of Windows’95. Macs were used by a stubborn headstrong few, like me. Open source was the ketchup bottle without a lid for the vast majority of technologists out there.

This had a major impact on innovation in information technology. The internet changed everything because of its open nature. You could publish in HTML rather than having to use Word for electronic documents and the power of the net turbocharged the open source movement connecting disparate people on projects.

The internet sector is starting to come to the conclusion that the actions of Facebook have taken a distinctly Microsoftesque turn due to their disregard for consumer privacy and aggressively incorporating other start-ups ideas into the Facebook platform. The company has also being changing the rule book for members of its eco-system (apps developers including social gaming) to squeeze more money out of them.

Jason Calcanis described this process quite neatly as being ‘zucked‘ in honour of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckenberg.  Subscribe to Jason’s email newsletter at

传播媒体 | media | 미디어

Media indulgences

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We all have some things in our media consumption that are the informational equivalent of the perfect bacon sandwich (in my case: thick-cut processed white bread, smoked bacon grilled until it will shatter like glass and Chef brown sauce.) Here’s mine:

  • Vice magazine Dos and Don’ts – Dos and Don’ts is kind of like sitting in a pavement cafe and doing people watching with a couple of good friends with a caustic sense of humour. A combination of snappy copywriting, great street style-book pictures versus Walcreature shots make this must-click viewing
  • Ransack Your Dignity – when Popbitch, Holy Moly and People of Walmart don’t give me a a sufficient dose of schadenfreude Ransack Your Dignity usually hits the spot. An online pictorial scrap book of Broken Britain, the misadventures of the unfortunate people featured never fails to cheer me up
  • RCRD LBL – back in the day when I used to DJ on a regular basis in Liverpool promotion agencies used to send me records, in return I would fax back my opinion and a list of tracks in my current playlist (which I would also submit to Mixmag | DMC). I got some great records out of it, but the one that sticks in my mind is the worst record I ever received; Italian techno remixes of Musical Youth’s Pass the Dutchie by Walter Cremonini put out by MCA through DMC to DJs. I wasn’t that tactful in my return sheet and the amount of vinyl I got from them moving forward diminished considerably. Overall, it was a good deal, I got to meet some handy people, do a bit of A&R work for an Italian record label and produce an unreleased track in an afternoon with a producer then on the roster of Loaded Records. RCRD LBL doesn’t give you much scope for real world adventures but does give you new music for free similar to a promo agency but without the filling out forms etc, so you can to can enjoy the lucky dip experience of new music
  • JNKsystem – A Japanese-authored photo blog which happens to blog about street style, I particularly like the bit of randomness in the curation of the blog. Its not as focused as Swaggerdap or Format, but that’s part of its charm
  • Rhett & Link’s video blog – Rhett and Link are a creative duo who put together some great comedy and do some interesting advertising creative work as well. They are also responsible for I love local commercials – I managed to discover the credit mack daddy through their site

What’s your media indulgences?