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Finger Food (16)

I promise that will stop leaving earlier than weekend.. but this time is about Halloween bank holiday, could you really miss it??!!!? No, exactly!!!

So, there we are, our sticky finger food for the week (an hefty portion, I dare say)!!!!

  • Doha round at stalemate …. so much for competition fostering a better and more efficient marketplace…
  • Egypt will have its nuclear plants.. in ten-years time if a nice flow of foreign investment will be guaranteed (meanwhile Iran with a full blast blockade of investments is actually building up the Bomb in a blink..) … I leave to you any possible comment on this, and the impact over Middle East balance exercise..
  • Whilst we are trying to convince ourselves that we have something Chinese people may actually desire with utmost lush, a survey indicates the opposite.. Chinese brands have got a nice positioning advantage … which is quite understandable, give the strong cultural legacy China does present, given that potentially the entire weaponry of Western consumerism is not at its full potential in China and given that we may really have nothing interesting to add to local products.. it is a bit like trying to make money in Second Life adopting the same strategy you adopt in real-life markets.. it won’t work, ever. In the meanwhile, whilst we keep on talking, China goes for the highest growth rate since 1993: 11+ %…
  • Are you considering investing in, say, green certificates, water-related bonds, or in some hot growing country markets?? Wrong!!! Back to ol’ PC manufacturers, as it seems!!! Mind you, putting Apple into the basket is not exactly comparing apples with apples (ops.. joke…): Apple is a system, not an hardware manufacturer, you don’t buy a computer or a portable mp3 player, you make a statement. And what if the statement gets stale??? Would be nice to see whether so-called competitors would benefit or the entire industry would sort of crumble…
  • This is a nice article about how gullible we are now compared with the people that followed the H. G. Wells’ hoax… personally I believe we are as naive as we were, we are just a little bit more connected and a touch cynical … apart from that, we still believe that what is coming out of the “box” is real…
  • Whereas what is coming out of Germany is definitely real, Saxons are back at full swing with a healthy financial balance and a strong, structural upswing of the economy as a whole… no surprise Sarkozy’s trying to create the Great Mediterranean to balance the once-enemy influential comeback.. love to see a country that, with stronger taxation, a boasted economy could come back from the dead like this.. Italy would have some hope then, too bad for the Italians ruling the country….
  • OK, first on the xMas shopping list??? A gPhone, possibly a Linux based version, so that I will finally come around and install Ubuntu on my PC … and that would make the pair with the Fantastic Duo strategy, “a gPhone in every hand” (or was it a PC…???!?) as to extend the reach of gApps … gosh, now the choice is about a “g” and an “i”, the phone bit is more or less irrelevant as a purchase driver…
  • The Fox is chasing instead of being chased!! Operation Firefox at full swing, watch out for gigantic stickers, and other guerrilla marketing activities.. you go, boy!!!!! (Tks to Fables, from Bloguerrilla!)
  • By the way, we are almost there, matter of few hours.. so, why not having some cyber-Halloween party as well?? SecondLife’s here to help!!! Then, after, you can still blast yourselves with tequila slammers aplenty (after having chosen your outfit according to this timely survey about hot Halloween costumes!!!)….
  • A propos of virtual worlds, here is a nice “train of thoughts” (tks Nobody) about anonimity and Second Life, and a superb quote:

Internet does not forget

  • That one I would like to extend to each and every activity on the Net, business included: do it right and properly first time, you may not have the possibility of a second shot. So much for being in Internet, doing social networking and making money out of it….
  • Do you remember we said China was leveraging Africa as a potential marketplace, and the rest??? Now, this is a confirmation of a nice flow of money into an African shopping frenzy!! After South Africa, is Nigeria (which may als0 be on the list of oil suppliers to China, nice, isnt’ it??) to sell some FinServ institution to the Dragon!!

In the meanwhile, these are the top 50 Web domain in September 07 (courtesy of Compete), Mr Fry published another of his out-of-the-box posts on digital life and experience, India is really trying to tide the knots of its nuclear partnership and technology patrimony, just in case the predictions of an Iranian Oil Ministry representative (“the crude would not hit $100 a barrel”, “oil price bubble will eventually burst because it is fuelled by geopolitics and not shortage.. – ops, quite right – …”) are not all hitting the target. Cisco loves globalisation and opens up a globalisation campus in Bangalore, India (as if you do not know where Bangalore is..), and Chinese companies may adore the support of China Netcom directly into the heart of the City of London to foster European operation.. and Indians are supporting consumer services, in another sort of globalisation trend (person-to-person outsourcing.. for Heaven’s sake…). The World is definitely shrinking, and the Web is the hydraulic press..

UK is moaning about IT skills shortage (as well as energy shortage for this winter…), whilst one of his sons is talking about human limits and the endless possibility of a motivated individual.. nice one, Ben! I would like to close with this, we all need some inspiration, every now and then.. after all, we have our challenges too!!!

See U later!!!

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