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.


Why is “senior digital marketer” the 5th hardest role to fill in Australia?

With a plethora of course options for marketers at any stage of their career,  if there is a skills shortage in Australian digital marketing, is the education sector wholly responsible or does business have a case to answer for?

Originally published 21-June-2012

China’s Tencent deal with Epic Games could help expansion overseas

China’s Tencent announced it would acquire a minority stake in Epic Games, a US developer of PC, console and mobile games, in a deal that could eventually help the Chinese company realize its ambitions to expand overseas.

Originally published 20-June-2012

World’s first Groupon store confirmed, coming to Singapore this July

As some had expected would happen, Groupon Singapore will be launching Groupon’s first-ever retail store on July 4, according to an official announcement from the company… 

Originally published 21-June-2012

Apple fined $2.25m in Australia, as penalty for misleading 4G iPad ads is approved

Apple’s proposed AUD $2.25m fine for misleading Australian consumers with advertising for its 4G-compatible iPad has now been approved by the judge in charge of the trial, just two weeks after being tentatively accepted by Apple.

Originally published 21-June-2012

What’s the future of the sharing economy?

As technology lets us share more and more items with greater and greater convenience, how far can the sharing economy go?

Originally published 16-June-2012

Online support grows for Indonesia’s jailed ‘Facebook Status Atheist’

A court in West Sumatra, Indonesia, recently sentenced 30-year-old Alexander Aan to two and a half years in prison and a fine of $10,600 for his atheist-sounding status on Facebook. What did he write? “God does not exist” – that was all.

Originally published 21-June-2012

Online should be saving Australian retail, not killing it

Recent financial reports regarding our biggest retailers in Australia paint a picture of dire straits. David Jones, Myer and Harvey Norman all publish concerns that profits may be down as much as 15% by the end of the year and this is on the back of a previous poor year.

Originally published 04-June-2012

Alan Turing’s legacy: how close are we to ‘thinking’ machines?

This year, the Loebner prize, the annual competition to find a computer that can pass for a human, was held in Turing’s former stomping ground of Bletchley Park. How did they do?

Originally published 17-June-2012

A humourous guide to selling online

CPC Strategy have mapped out the social and search advertising landscape and how it relates to selling online with a tongue-in-cheek flow chart on how to choose your selling channel… 

Originally published 15-June-2012

5 scientific ways the internet is dividing us

The good news is that the Internet has given us greater access to extended family, news from remote parts of the globe and pictures of exotic genitals we would have never been able to see in the real world. The bad news is that the Internet is also pitting neighbor against neighbor in new and innovative ways that only technology could have made possible. 

Originally published 08-June-2012