Uber passes Starbucks as business travelers' no. 1 expense - Jan. 26, 2017
Uber is officially the best friend of business travelers. A new study found that 6% of all business travel transactions in 2016 were with Uber, making the ridesharing company the most common expense, in terms of transactions. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
DEPECHE MODE | THE DARK PROGRESSION | Documentary - YouTube
With a career spanning more than 30 years, masters of the synth and sequencer, Depeche Mode are considered one of the original innovators of the 80s electronic sound, taking the technology and music to new and exciting heights. A career retrospective of one of the most successful electronic bands in via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Can a company live forever? - BBC News
The past few years have seen previously unthinkable corporate behemoths - from financial firms such as Lehman Brothers to iconic car manufacturers such as Saab - felled by economic turmoil or by unforgiving customers and tough rivals. via Pocket
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april 2017
Ideo Studied Innovation In 100+ Companies–Here’s What It Found | Co.Design
The San Francisco-based design firm Ideo set out to answer this question by studying the company’s 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Most Innovative Companies lists). via Pocket
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march 2017
Online Shopping Trends Reveal Best Days and Times to Email Customers
We just finished a comprehensive study on the best days and times to email customers based on purchase rate. In other words, we looked at the online shopping trends of hundreds of thousands of shoppers to determine the best time your eCommerce shop should be communicating with customers. via Pocket
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march 2017
Forbes Welcome
Imagine the scene, you’re relaxing at home about to head out for the day so you ask Google “what’s the weather like” or “what meetings do I have” and what you get back is a spoken-word advert hastily stuck in the middle of your itinerary. via Pocket
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march 2017
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life. via Pocket
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march 2017
Paper Problem
One great challenge facing society is where to draw the line between an individual’s right to privacy and the government’s right to tax, regulate, and enforce the law. Few areas illustrate this problem as well as the way we spend our money. via Pocket
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february 2017
Big data has no role in digital marketing - Mumbrella Asia
Big data has a time and place, but not when it comes to digital marketing strategy, explains Michael Laps in the guest post. That quote is from Martin Lindstrom, author of ‘Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends’. And I think he’s bang on the money. via Pocket
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february 2017
Nico Mannion: Peek into life of basketball prodigy | Longform - SI.com
He’s an Instagram phenomenon who fascinates college coaches—but he’s not quite a sure thing. He’s also a high school freshman trying to navigate the awkward phases and social mysteries that come with being a teenager. Meet Nico Mannion, a 15-year-old (sorta-maybe) basketball prodigy via Pocket
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february 2017
Facebook shareholders urge company to replace Mark Zuckerberg with 'independent' board chair | VentureBeat | Social | by Ken Yeung
Facebook is being pressured by a group of shareholders seeking the removal of company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg from the board of the directors. via Pocket
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february 2017
For China, a Rethink on Donald Trump - WSJ
SHANGHAI—The officials who look after China’s relations with the world respect—even admire—a tough negotiator. That’s how they first thought about the challenge of Donald Trump. Even when he rattled the foundations of U.S. via Pocket
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february 2017
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard
An earlier version of this story appeared in Das Magazin in December. On November 9 at around 8.30 AM., Michal Kosinski woke up in the Hotel Sunnehus in Zurich. via Pocket
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february 2017
The American dream is finished: Bruce Gilden in Detroit
Houses in Detroit go for a dollar these days. It’s a sign of how hard the once mighty Motor City has fallen. In its heyday, if you hit the road in search of the American Dream, all signs pointed towards Detroit. via Pocket
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january 2017
Cities of Darkness: A conversation with Greg Girard - Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA)
The night is an interesting time. An REM state between a past dusk and the dawn of a new day. The night cloaks and the moon, an obscure distant mirror, renders a surreal palette of hues and colours that lack the direct luminance of the sun. via Pocket
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january 2017
Cryptocurrency Monero Is Skyrocketing Thanks to Darknet Druglords | WIRED
For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year. Bitcoin doubled in price. The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10. But another, once-obscure cryptocurrency called Monero outpaced all of them, multiplying its value around 27-fold. via Pocket
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january 2017
Christopher Anderson
Lots of interviews are fun, but I especially dig the ones that are rewarding, that I come away with, not just with new knowledge, but with new insight. Which is exactly how I felt after talking to Christopher Anderson, whose work is both visually stunning and thematically breathtaking. via Pocket
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january 2017
www.theguardian.com
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang noticed that he got more done on sabbatical than at work. His latest book is about the benefits of rest and shorter working days Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a consultant in Silicon Valley and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. via Pocket
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january 2017
Redesigning the journey to critical benefits for Americans in poverty
If you walked by William on the street, you wouldn’t know that behind the warm demeanor is a man with diabetes and stage 3 kidney failure. A man who is raising a little boy with asthma and epilepsy as a single parent who has needed benefit programs in hard times. via Pocket
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january 2017
Nielsen Caves to Networks Over Total Content Ratings | Media - AdAge
Nielsen is giving in to TV network concerns over its new measurement of content viewed across platforms and devices by allowing them to cherry-pick the data that is shared with agencies. The measurement behemoth had previously said that on Jan. via Pocket
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january 2017
McDonald's Selling Off China Business – Thatsmags.com
McDonald's will sell off most of its business in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, in a deal that is worth up to US$2.1 billion. Citic, a state-owned financial firm, will take a 52 percent majority stake in Mickey D's Chinese operations. via Pocket
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january 2017
Top 9 ethical issues in artificial intelligence | World Economic Forum
Optimizing logistics, detecting fraud, composing art, conducting research, providing translations: intelligent machine systems are transforming our lives for the better. As these systems become more capable, our world becomes more efficient and consequently richer. via Pocket
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january 2017
The future is a decentralized internet | TechCrunch
Blockchain technology is quickly expanding beyond bitcoin. While many proponents of bitcoin see the blockchain as no more than competition for existing payment methods or gold, I believe blockchain technology is the harbinger of things the world has never before seen. via Pocket
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january 2017
Numerai Used 7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin to Build Its Hedge Fund's Brain | WIRED
Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn’t run it. He leaves that to an artificially intelligent system built by several thousand data scientists whose names he doesn’t know. via Pocket
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december 2016
Gandhi Was a Racist Who Forced Young Girls to Sleep in Bed with Him | Broadly
In August 2012, just before India's 65th Independence Day, Outlook India, one of the country's most widely circulated print magazines, published the results of a blockbuster poll it had conducted with its readership. via Pocket
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december 2016
Health Devices Are All Too Hackable—Here’s What You Need to Know
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to bring nearly fifty billion new devices online by 2020. This sounds great, until you read that an estimated 70% of IoT devices are hackable. via Pocket
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december 2016
Encryption Is a Luxury - The Atlantic
The people that most need privacy often can’t afford the smartphones that provide it. Last year, a team of technology experts warned against giving law enforcement special access to encrypted communications. via Pocket
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december 2016
Designing the new Uber App – Uber Design – Medium
A big redesign is daunting. There are a lot of variables and unknowns that tell you there will be potential failure down the road. But we knew that if we wanted to build for the future, we had to be comfortable taking that risk. via Pocket
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december 2016
302 Found
Essentially, a Conversational Interface is any user interface that mimics chatting with a real human. First, you tell Uber that you need a ride. Then, it asks you where you are, and once it has found a driver, it tells you the time estimate. When the ride is over, it asks you how it went. via Pocket
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december 2016
Welcome to Twitter city: is there no limit to Jakarta's social media obsession? | Cities | The Guardian
How did the world’s largest Muslim country react to Donald Trump’s election win? By satirising it mercilessly on social media, of course. So what’s behind Indonesia’s obsession with viral sharing – and how does it help Jakarta function? via Pocket
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november 2016
Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs | Motherboard
A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as “a new front in warfare” and a tool for the Armed Forces. via Pocket
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november 2016
Martin Parr on the timeless power of photobooks
At the end of a labyrinthine corridor in the Barbican, an imposing mass of brutalist architecture in East London, a dimly lit hall is filling up with photography fans. via Pocket
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november 2016
When Big Guns Go Down | Motherboard
The Fourth of July 2010 was blood and pain for Sean McMahon. On Independence Day, five years ago, US Army Specialist McMahon was appointed to test a new M2 . via Pocket
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november 2016
How McKinsey is moving into the creative scene | Marketing | Campaign Asia
Jared Braiterman is McKinsey’s Tokyo-based VP of experience design for Asia-Pacific. via Pocket
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november 2016
Twitter's Jack Dorsey is the only major tech CEO to speak about power and accountability following Donald Trump's election victory — Quartz
Facebook, Twitter, and their Silicon Valley ilk are among the biggest distributors of online news in the US, making them major players in the recently concluded presidential election. Yet their CEOs are either issuing bland statements or staying silent about the outcome. via Pocket
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november 2016
The Top Secret Tool That Stephen Curry Uses to Train His Brain | Inc.com
Imagine a device that trains your brain to see the world around you in slow motion. It enhances your reflexes, and trains your brain to anticipate things before they happen. That's the idea behind the updated version of an old tool (that some NBA stars and executives are reluctant to talk about). via Pocket
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november 2016
Slavery abolition amendment losing in Colorado | Fusion
There is still a single sentence in Colorado’s state Constitution that endorses the idea of one person literally enslaving another as criminal punishment. via Pocket
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november 2016
Protect yourself from Trump’s surveillance state | Fusion
Donald Trump won the presidency. Now, among so much else, the United States and the world will have to contend with a vast, largely unaccountable system of surveillance which will be at his control. The growth of that system isn’t confined to any ideology. via Pocket
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november 2016
Why Marketers Often Miss the Mark in Product Innovations - Knowledge@Wharton
Why do most new products fail? According to Clayton Christensen, the author of Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, it’s because companies focus on a product’s features instead of the job the customer wants it do to. via Pocket
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november 2016
Prophet Brand Relevance Index: Top Brands of 2016 | Prophet
Prophet is a consultancy that helps clients find better ways to grow by focusing on three important areas: creating relevant brand and customer experiences, driving accelerated growth strategies and leveraging digital as a transformative force in their business. via Pocket
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november 2016
The Case Against Reality - The Atlantic
As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. via Pocket
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november 2016
Big Data's religious faith denies the reality of failed promises, privacy Chernobyls / Boing Boing
Maciej Ceglowski (previously) spoke to a O'Reilly's Strata Big Data conference this month about the toxicity of data -- the fact that data collected is likely to leak, and that data-leaks resemble nuclear leaks in that even the "dilute" data (metadata or lightly contaminated boiler suits and tools) via Pocket
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november 2016
Strikingly Imaginative Structures for Housing LA’s Homeless | WIRED
If you’ve recently driven the streets of Los Angeles, you’ve probably noticed a striking uptick in the city’s already huge homeless population. via Pocket
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november 2016
If Donald Trump wins, it’ll be a new age of darkness | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian
America stands on the brink of the abyss. Its choice could weaken the ties that make civilised order possible – in the US and beyond We are standing on the brink of the abyss. And, like anyone who’s ever peered into a chasm, we are experiencing a queasy, sinking feeling. via Pocket
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november 2016
www.nytimes.com
TO get an idea of how annoying it can be to say “O.K., Google” multiple times a day, try replacing the word Google with another brand. O.K., Pepsi. O.K., Chipotle. O.K., Skittles. You get the picture. It’s difficult to utter “O.K. via Pocket
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november 2016
China might create a Black Mirror-like score for each citizen based on how trustworthy they are - Business Insider
Warning: This post contains slight spoilers for the first episode of “Black Mirror” season 3. via Pocket
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november 2016
Seymour Stein Reveals the “Embarrasing” Deal He Made with Madonna – Cuepoint – Medium
Seymour Stein, a bona fide music industry legend, turns 73 this month. Get him talking about music he loves, though, and he’ll match the passion of any young industry whippersnapper pound for pound. via Pocket
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november 2016
Rigged: Here’s how Republicans could game the system to install a president | Fusion
It’s one of those open secrets you learn in high school government class: You don’t vote for president. That honor goes to 538 members of the Electoral College, the constitutionally mandated system that apportions a certain number of votes to each state according to its population. via Pocket
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november 2016
Yes, We Are Worried About the Existential Risk of Artificial Intelligence
Oren Etzioni, a well-known AI researcher, complains about news coverage of potential long-term risks arising from future success in AI research (see “No, Experts Don't Think Superintelligent AI is a Threat to Humanity”). via Pocket
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november 2016
Apple just told the world it has no idea who the Mac is for – Charged Tech – Medium
Last night’s Apple event was bizarre — I had been anticipating this show for a while, mostly looking forward to being able to stop telling people not to buy a Mac, because everything was so outdated. But, even though what I saw was interesting, it really feels like Apple has lost its way. via Pocket
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october 2016
The City That Was Saved by the Internet | Motherboard
The “Chattanooga Choo Choo” sign over the old terminal station is purely decorative, a throwback. Since the Southern Railroad left town in the early 1970s, the southeastern Tennessee city has been looking for an identity that has nothing to do with a bygone big band song or an abandoned train. via Pocket
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october 2016
South Korea is engaged in an epic battle between feminism and deep-seated misogyny — Quartz
Last September, the Korean edition of Maxim, a men’s magazine, ran a cover showing Kim Byeong-ok, an actor who starred in cult favorite film “Oldboy,” posing with a cigarette in his hand next to a car. A pair of woman’s legs, bound at the ankles, was sticking out of the trunk. via Pocket
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october 2016
Why the Industrial Revolution didn’t happen in China - The Washington Post
To economic historians like Joel Mokyr, there's nothing inevitable about the incredible wealth and health of the modern world. via Pocket
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october 2016
Roger Martin's Unconventional Wisdom | Bridgespan
Rotman School of Management Professor and former Dean Roger Martin, who joined Bridgespan's Knowledge Advisory Board as chair in November 2014, recently sat down with Jeff Bradach, Bridgespan's managing director, for a conversation viewed companywide. via Pocket
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october 2016
David Simon and the Creation of “The Wire” - The New Yorker
On a muggy August afternoon in Baltimore, trash scuttled down Guilford Avenue, the breeze smelling like rain and asphalt. It was the last week of shooting for the fifth and final season of the HBO drama “The Wire,” and the crew was filming a scene in front of a boarded-up elementary school. via Pocket
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october 2016
Self-Driving Mercedes Will Be Programmed To Sacrifice Pedestrians To Save The Driver | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
When they crash, self-driving Mercedes will be programmed to save the driver, and not the person or people they hit. That's the design decision behind the Mercedes Benz's future Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars, according to the company's manager of driverless car safety, Christoph von Hugo. via Pocket
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october 2016
R/GA Is Ad Age's 2015 Agency of the Year | Special: Agency A-List 2015 - AdAge
Prove that small, independent agencies produce innovative and exciting work. Is your team executing groundbreaking ideas that compete with work done by advertising’s oldest, largest and most sought-after partners? Enter now and show us. via Pocket
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october 2016
Why ‘have you eaten?’ means ‘how are you?’ in Hong Kong | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post
Literally, “Have you eaten rice yet?” [sihk jó faahn meih a? 食咗飯未呀?] is a common greeting, the equivalent of “how are you?” in English. It is not exclusive to Hong Kong Cantonese. via Pocket
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october 2016
thebolditalic.com
While the term “gig economy” is sometimes vaguely defined, the Bureau of Labor Statistics describes it as a workforce characterized by “single project[s] or task[s] for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand. via Pocket
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october 2016
How Ralph Lauren Polo became one of the most shoplifted labels in history | Fashion | The Guardian
Stolen Polo clothing is easy to spot. There will be a small, square hole where the tag was ripped out, or an ink spatter from the burst tag. via Pocket
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october 2016
Digital innovation in Asia: What the world can learn | McKinsey & Company
Asia has its own tech giants, such as China’s Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu; Japan’s Rakuten and SoftBank, among others. via Pocket
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october 2016
Want to know WikiLeaks' endgame? Julian Assange told you a decade ago | WIRED
Amid a seemingly incessant deluge of leaks and hacks, Washington, DC staffers have learned to imagine how even the most benign email would look a week later on the homepage of a secret-spilling outfit like WikiLeaks or DCLeaks. via Pocket
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october 2016
Democrats, this is why you need to fear Hillary Clinton: The NY Times is absolutely right — she’s a bigger hawk than the Republicans - Salon.com
Clinton’s extreme belligerence “will likely set her apart from the Republican candidate she meets in the general election,” the Times explains, noting “neither Donald J. via Pocket
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october 2016
www.nytimes.com
Hillary Clinton sat in the hideaway study off her ceremonial office in the State Department, sipping tea and taking stock of her first year on the job. via Pocket
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october 2016
Is Online Learning the Future of Further Education?
Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate degrees online within the next five years, according to the founder of educational platform Coursera. via Pocket
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october 2016
What Chinese corner-cutting reveals about modernity | Aeon Essays
In our apartment in central Beijing, we fight a daily rearguard action against entropy. The mirror on my wardrobe came off its hinges six months ago and is now propped up against the wall, one of many furnishing casualties. via Pocket
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october 2016
The Scottish Scoundrel Who Changed How We See Data | Atlas Obscura
As news events churn up a flood of new information, many turn to charts to absorb it. Need to swallow an election poll whole? Here's a pie chart. Want to assess how your city's public schools are doing? Trace it with a line graph. Feeling a sudden need to brush up on U.K. via Pocket
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october 2016
How the West got China wrong | South China Morning Post
The Western misunderstanding of Communist China has been called “the liberal myth”. With our mindset and experience, it is almost impossible to grasp that a country can fail to open up politically when it opens up economically. via Pocket
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october 2016
Taking the rap | The Economist
NAMEWEE is a Malaysian rapper with a penchant for extravagant eyeware and a dangerous interest in politics. Police picked him up at the country’s main airport in August, when he flew home from a spell abroad. via Pocket
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september 2016
A Restaurant Critic on How Blogs Changed Restaurants
For those of us who fritter away our days (and nights) dreaming up catchy top-ten listicles, posting images of our cocktails and half-eaten desserts on Instagram, and obsessively trawling the online galaxy for the latest viral food sensation, it’s easy to forget that the chaotic, maddening, consta via Pocket
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september 2016
Facebook Gave Ad Agencies an Inflated Video Viewing Metric for 2 Years | Adweek
On the cusp of Advertising Week, Facebook has some egg on its face when it comes to perhaps the industry's most promising space—digital video. via Pocket
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september 2016
WeChat’s New Feature Enabled Location Based Marketing - SocialBrandWatch
While brands are celebrating the WeChat Moments Ads favoring to outreach customer segmentations among 549 million WeChat users, WeChat created one more reason for retailers to love it more– a new feature enabling local stores to target potential consumers in the same city, or even the same busine via Pocket
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september 2016
Snowden on Google Allo: 'Don't use it'
Following the launch of Google’s messaging app ‘Allo‘ and its accompanying Assistant bot, security experts are up in arms over Google reneging on a promise better protect its users. via Pocket
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september 2016
Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature - The Verge
When Allo was announced at Google’s I/O conference earlier this year, the messaging app was presented as a step forward for privacy. via Pocket
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september 2016
"KPIs Are One Of The Worst Things Ever Invented": Deloitte - B&T
Deloitte’s chief edge officer, Pete Williams, didn’t hold back in his keynote presentation this morning at B&T’s DAZE of Disruption conference in Sydney, with KPIs, big data and blockchain all in the firing line. via Pocket
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september 2016
Agencies Are Drowning Beneath The Weight Of Declining Fees, Outdated Working Models | AdExchanger
That’s the grim assessment of Debra Giampoli, director of global strategic agency relations at Mondelez. She speaks from experience: Mondelez has sometimes seen its smaller brands neglected by larger agencies that didn’t understand their business needs. via Pocket
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september 2016
The Broken Policy Promises of W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama | Foreign Policy
What do Americans want from the country’s foreign policy? The same things that most countries want: security first and foremost, followed by prosperity, and (if possible) the sense that the country is advancing desirable political or moral values. via Pocket
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september 2016
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