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June 16 2011

09:43
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May 31 2011

15:52

One of the best Twitter exchanges I’ve seen in a while

An Xiao Studio: the virtual studio of an xiao mina

Tricia Wang’s terrific exploration of the instant photo phenomenon (suishoupai/随手拍) on Weibo has gotten me thinking about unexpected uses of social media and the way we take ownership of a medium beyond its original intent. Here’s one of those beautiful exchanges that shows what happens when you combine a real-time social space like Twitter, a dense city like New York, and the serendipity...

May 23 2011

15:09

May 08 2011

17:03

Motivation Plays A Critical Role In Determining IQ Test Scores

www.medicalnewstoday.com

New psychology research at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a correlation between a test-taker's motivation and performance on an IQ test and, more important, between that performance a

May 07 2011

17:25

How to Drop Out

ranprieur.com

"How To Drop Out" has been my most popular piece of writing for more than four years. In that time I've bought some land, which you can read about on my landblog, and I've shifted my main residence to Spokane, where it's harder to find good food in dumpsters, so my expenses are higher. Also, I've decided I need to be even more aggressive in dispelling the very powerful myths that are tied to...
17:24

Living without money - Times Online

women.timesonline.co.uk

Twenty-two years ago Heidemarie Schwermer, a middle-aged secondary school teacher just emerging from a difficult marriage, moved with her two children from the village of Lueneburg to the city of Dortmund, in the Ruhr area of Germany, whose homeless population, she immediately noticed, was above average and striking in its intransigent hopelessness.

Her immediate reaction was shock. “This isn’t ...

17:24

Living without money - Times Online

women.timesonline.co.uk

Twenty-two years ago Heidemarie Schwermer, a middle-aged secondary school teacher just emerging from a difficult marriage, moved with her two children from the village of Lueneburg to the city of Dortmund, in the Ruhr area of Germany, whose homeless population, she immediately noticed, was above average and striking in its intransigent hopelessness.

Her immediate reaction was shock. “This isn’t ...

17:20

How to Drop Out

ranprieur.com

October 2008 Update

"How To Drop Out" has been my most popular piece of writing for more than four years. In that time I've bought some land, which you can read about on my landblog, and I've shifted my main residence to Spokane, where it's harder to find good food in dumpsters, so my expenses are higher. Also, I've decided I need to be even more aggressive in dispelling the very powerful myths ...

May 06 2011

13:20

Shaun Rein writes the single most irritating article on the Google-China calamity » The Peking Duck

www.pekingduck.org

[UPDATE: Rein has once again outdone himself. Check the comments and the links to the original blog post by Modern Lei Feng. Yikes.]

I’ve been wondering for a couple months now how Shaun Rein got one of the sweetest deals in China - a column in Forbes that lets him link to and plug his own marketing company in nearly every column as he tells readers how great business is in China and how rosy...

May 05 2011

18:47

In an iPad World, How Long Before Microsoft's Post-PC Collapse?

lowendmac.com

In an iPad World, How Long Before Microsoft's Post-PC Collapse?, Tim Nash, Taking Back the Market, 2011.04.29. Microsoft is losing share on PCs, Internet Explorer is losing share on the Net, and Microsoft doesn't have a strong foothold in tablets or smartphones. Can it survive?

May 03 2011

17:40

Baidu's Content Network - Baidu Union

East-West-Connect

Examples of Baidu Union AdsSimilar to Google, Baidu is able to place contextual ads on a wide network of websites. This allows advertisers to spread their message to a broader audience than if they were to place ads on search results alone. They call their content network ‘Baidu Union’.

Why use Baidu Union?

  1. Reach a broader audience. Baidu Union ads are on over 230 thousand websites, covering many different industries...
16:38

Design @ Quora (Web2.0 Expo Presentat... by Rebekah Cox - Quora

www.quora.com

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Finally, this definition is the vehicle that empowers designers to have a role within the organization where responsibility and authority are balanced. It inherently requires proactive, early design involvement.


Designers should have the opportunity to do more than apply a coat of paint at the end on a finished...

May 02 2011

18:07

Chinese Respond to Death of Osama Bin Laden

China Digital Times (CDT)

On the New Yorker’s blog, Evan Osnos writes about the initial reaction in China to the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden:

As news spread Monday, there was some celebration on the Chinese Web, but also a note of chilliness toward the U.S. than I didn’t anticipate. Zhang Xin, the director of the China Central Television’s National Security and Military Channel posted of bin Laden: “As a...

06:08

China’s Social Network RenRen is no Facebook

China Digital Times (CDT)

An article in Forbes compares Facebook, which is set to launch in China, to Renren, the Chinese equivalent:

For starters, Goldman Sachs estimates Facebook is worth $50 billion worldwide. RenRen, which is hoping to beat Facebook and become the world’s first social network to list on a stock exchange, is hoping to raise a half a billion in the offer. But one thing is for sure, judging by RenRen’s...

05:49

China Yields to Protests when Stability Matters

China Digital Times (CDT)

In his column for CNN, Jaime FlorCruz writes about why the Chinese government tolerates some protests while harshly cracking down on others:

In recent years, local officials in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou have given in to public pressure — street demonstrations, silent “strolls” and online campaigns — on controversial issues. In some cases, government planners had to abandon plans to build...

April 26 2011

16:57

E-shoppers storm the Web - China.org.cn

www.china.org.cn

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd also said on Wednesday that it plans to build, with financing partners, a network of warehouses across China in an effort to improve logistics that lag far behind the rapid growth of the country's e-commerce market.

Alibaba Group and its partners are going to invest between 20 and 30 billion yuan in the project over the next three to five...

April 25 2011

22:05

Why China Struggles with Food Safety

China Digital Times (CDT)

With two recent cases of contaminated pork, the issue of food safety in China is still in the news. The Wall Street Journal reports on a village outside Changsha where hundreds of people were sickened over the weekend after eating pork, just after authorities seized tons of pork in Guangdong that had a chemical added to it to make it look more like beef:

Officials in Changsha, the capital of...

April 22 2011

04:11

China’s Servile Political Culture, the Music Video

China Real Time Report

Yiyi Lu is a research fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute and an associate fellow at the U.K.-based Chatham House. She is the author of “Non-Governmental Organisations in China: The Rise of Dependent Autonomy” (Routledge 2008).

A music video has recently put Li Xuerong, Party Secretary of Zhangbei County in Hebei Province, at the center of a storm.

The video, which...

03:06

Ex-Googler Aims for China’s Mobile Users | Innovation Works

en.chuangxin.com

The first is called Tapas, a smartphone operating system based on Google’s Android with a number of features tailored for Chinese users, including software that detects what cities incoming calls are from, syncs contact lists with popular Chinese social networks, and a music player that detects what songs users are listening to and displays the lyrics, karaoke style. It also includes an e-book ...

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