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 teams have being checking out as well.

Western retailers ease off on China plans

Earlier this year, the booming Chinese economy was viewed as a retail hotbed. Now the enthusiasm of major Western retailers seems to be cooling… 

Originally published 08-Nov-2012

Australian government to investigate in-app purchases, vows to “name and shame” rip-offs

The Australian government is to conduct an investigation into the pricing of mobile apps, including warnings around in-app purchases, safeguards for children and opt-out features, according to an announcement from the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC).

Originally published 05-Nov-2012

Digital Asia Festival: Complete coverage

The 2012 Digital Asia Festival, incorporating the Digital Media Awards, took place in Beijing earlier this week… 

Originally published 09-Nov-2012

What does talent look like in an age of flux?

Welcome to the 21st century, an era when the old rules have changed and the new ones are evolving all the time. Share your strategies for navigating this era of chaos–and learn from some of the most successful members of the league of innovators dubbed Generation Flux. 

Originally published 24-Oct-2012

Will China fall flat on its face just like Japan?

In the late 80s, Japan was the Godzilla economy. Its output had grown 50-fold in dollar terms in the space of just over a generation, and Japan had seemingly overtaken the US as the most hi-tech nation… 

Originally published 31-Oct-2012

Trial by Timeline, what would your social media habits cost you offshore?

Amnesty International has unleashed a new positioning and an app that shows users the crimes they would be guilty of if they lived without basic human rights.

Originally published 29-Oct-2012

Japan’s Rakuten acquires Alpha Direct Services with aim of improving logistics

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten  announced  that it has acquired French logistics company Alpha Direct Services for an undisclosed sum. ADS has a number of services to offer e-commerce sites, including package delivery tracking, warehousing, customer support, order management, and robotic automation.

Originally published 07-Nov-2012

Evidence mounts for upcoming Amazon Kindle launch in China

Multiple pieces of evidence, including the recent arrival of Simplified Chinese support to the Kindle Paperwhite software, are pointing to the upcoming release of Amazon’s Kindle line of e-readers and tablets in mainland China.

Originally published 08-Nov-2012

Tourism Australia kicks off global creative agency review

Tourism Australia has begun a global review of its advertising agency relationships. The review will include the tourism body’s traditional and digital advertising services, and the contract will run for a three-year period from 1 July 2013.

Originally published 08-Nov-2012

China’s H1 mobile online game revenue up 54%

China’s online mobile gaming sales revenue grew 54.4% year-on-year to reach $202m in the first half of 2012, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

Originally published 08-Nov-2012