Google’s Project Loon: The gamble that’s so crazy it might work

Google’s Project Loon: The gamble that’s so crazy it might work

BY DOMINIC BASULTO

March 6 at 7:43 am

Google’s Project Loon, in which high-altitude balloons circle the globe using wind currents and solar power to provide WiFi connectivity to remote locations in developing markets, officially launched this past week, with balloons headed out around the world from a remote location in New Zealand. If you’re so inclined, there’s even a way to follow along online in real-time as winds blow these balloons at 25 mph along the 40th parallel in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more of this post

Imagining the potential of a Google AdWords for the physical world

Imagining the potential of a Google AdWords for the physical world

BY MATT MCFARLAND

February 26 at 9:27 am

Advertisements in public places come in one variety: one-size fits all. Signs, posters and billboards are generally the same no matter who you are. This is an inherently wasteful model. It brings to mind the John Wanamaker quote, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Read more of this post

“Social Media Doesn’t Sleep”: How This Local Shop Cranked Sales from $63K to $7 Million

 “SOCIAL MEDIA DOESN’T SLEEP”: HOW THIS LOCAL SHOP CRANKED SALES FROM $63K TO $7 MILLION

FROM TWEETING TO PHOTOGRAPHING MODELS HERSELF TO CUSTOMER SERVICE, DIANA HARBOUR IS RE-DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HANDS-ON. HERE ARE THE SECRETS TO SOCIAL SELLING SHE’S LEARNED WITH THE RED DRESS BOUTIQUE. Read more of this post

China’s parliament: The smog of war; The prime minister opens parliament by declaring pollution the enemy

China’s parliament: The smog of war; The prime minister opens parliament by declaring pollution the enemy

Mar 8th 2014 | BEIJING | From the print edition

THE annual session of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, is rarely remarkable for the rhetorical flourishes of the leaders who address it. But at the opening on March 5th of this year’s nine-day meeting the prime minister, Li Keqiang, in his maiden speech, deviated at least a little from the usual stodgy fare. China, he said, must “declare war” on pollution. The blanket of smog that often shrouds much of the country, he said, was nature’s “red light”, warning about the risks of “blind development”. Growing public furore about pollution has at last goaded China’s leaders into admitting the urgency of the problem. Read more of this post

China’s reform just like Whac-a-Mole

China’s reform just like Whac-a-Mole

JoongAng Ilbo, March 4, Page 30
*The author is a Beijing bureau chief of the JoongAng Ilbo.

Mar 06,2014

Those who have played the Whac-a-Mole game know that no matter how hard you hit the moles, more will pop out from other holes. I am concerned that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strong reforms may end up like a game of Whac-a-Mole.
There is speculation that Xinjiang separatist forces were responsible for a mass stabbing attack that took place Saturday at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming, resulting in 170 victims. After the area was integrated into China during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, the Uighur armed struggle continued for more than 250 years, and the attack may be a warning that the separatists want to take the fight outside of Xinjiang. Read more of this post

Why China can’t innovate (even though Chinese people can)

Why China can’t innovate (even though Chinese people can)

Published 07 March 2014 16:13, Updated 08 March 2014 00:06

Regina Abrami, William Kirby and Warren Mcfarlan

The Chinese people invented gunpowder, the compass, the water wheel, paper money and long-distance banking. Until the early 19th century, China’s economy was more open than the economies of Europe. Today, though, many believe that the West is home to creative business thinkers and that China is largely a land of rule-bound rote-learners. Read more of this post

What parasites can teach you about being a better human

What parasites can teach you about being a better human

By Rachel Feltman @rachelfeltman 4 minutes ago

Nature is gross, messy, and dangerous. If you pretend otherwise, you’re missing out on the best of the natural world—and probably making some bad decisions about the best way to live your life and run your business. That’s the premise of Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You, written by Dan Riskin of Animal Planet’s parasite-centric show Monsters Inside Me and released this week. Read more of this post

%d bloggers like this: