Finally, it’s the end of the week. But what have we been reading and sharing around the office? Here’s a quick round up of the content that grabbed our attention.

Pop back later to see what our UK and US offices have being checking out as well.

China’s crackdown on ‘online rumours’ is just getting started

This week, a new set of regulations and a punishment system went live on Sina Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like service, in a move that could usher in a period in which Chinese Internet users are more restricted online than ever before.

Originally published 29-May-2012

Ten reasons to be shit scared about pricing

Ten reasons pricing is now an issue as vital as as ever to marketers… 

Originally published 31-May-2012

Australian online retailers are flying blind

Australian retailers are inexperienced, under-resourced and under pressure to compete with global online businesses, according to the findings of the AIMIA Online Retailing Insights Research study.

Originally published 31-May-2012

Make things people want or make people want things?

A completely new presentation, from John V Willshire, based on a lot of the blogs posts he’s been writing recently…

Originally published 12-May-2012

Hong Kong: Social, mobile, photo, commerce

For brands in Hong Kong, 2012 marks a year of social media transformation with mobile at centre stage with Facebook still as the leading platform for sharing and, often, public and political discourse. 

Originally published 31-May-2012

7-Eleven’s boom could aid e-commerce in Indonesia

7-Eleven has everything the young Indonesian population wants: free-to-use internet, cheap food, and 24-hour non-stop operation which allows youngsters to hang out late. Some stores even have local live bands playing at night, making it more hip and connected with the younger generation. 

Originally published 28-May-2012

Today’s technologies need an off-the-hook option

Sure, you can turn off your smartphone when you want some alone time, but when it’s turned back on, like the grand finale of a fireworks show, the phone will boing, chime, trill, marimba and vibrate erratically with text messages, voice mail, app notifications, e-mails and a cannonade of messages from all the social networks you’re connected to.

Originally published 14-May-2012

Cool data visualisations shed light on Chinese microblog censorship

Censorship in China is a pretty frustrating thing, not least because the system is so opaque. It’s never entirely clear what the standards are, or why certain things get censored while others don’t. 

Originally published 31-May-2012

If you’re not micromanaging, you’re not leading

There’s both a cultural and personal difference between this kind of micromanagement and being a control freak.

Originally published 23-May-2012