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Selfie Reporters Are Now A Thing. Edison Carter Gloats.

Twenty minutes into the future …

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… is now.

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China’s Record-Setting Internet Population

Weibo:

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The link reiterates what’s in the Weibo [Google Translate].

I see many Chinese tourists in NYC. It’s been too cold for me to want to approach any of them. One of these very warmer days I intend to ask them how many have Xiaomi phones. They tend to carry iPads and iPhones and take pictures with them.

Same-day update after the break.

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The Lowest Bastards Are Book Burners

Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.

Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.

The rest?

“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.

We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.

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OUCH! Avoiding Alibaba Fakes

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Shredding The Suits

Do you know who these people are?

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Dig it. They’re eating in a restaurant.

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Edison Carter: The First Selfie Reporter

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The failure of the Max Headroom TV series to envision a much smaller camera was a big miss …

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Why The Internet Is Not TV

The highest YouTube earner of 2014 made nearly $5 million just by opening Disney toy packages

An unidentified individual or group responsible for uploading videos that simply show a woman opening Disney toys made an estimated $4.9 million last year, more than any other channel for 2014, according to OpenSlate, a video analytics platform that analyzes ad-supported content on YouTube.

Almost nothing is known about the person or people behind the channel, DC Toys Collector (DC), which exclusively features a young woman in intricately painted nails removing the toys from their packaging and then assembling them. The account did not respond to a YouTube message.

Created in 2012, DC now features more than 1,600 videos and gets 380 million views a month. Its most viewed video, with more than 172 million streams, is called “Play Doh Sparkle Princess Ariel Elsa Anna Disney Frozen MagiClip Glitter Glider Princesas Magic Clip.” It was uploaded just this July.

Previously here:

Grumpy Cat Earns US$99 Million

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun Did A Blog

Weibo:

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It was last updated in 2012.

It’s here (use Chrome for translation) and the specific post he’s pointing to is here (again, use Chrome). Posts move back in time, like here.

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Long Article Explaining Xiaomi

Anyone who wants a sense of what Xiaomi is about and where it wants to go should read this [Google Translate].

I question how much is true and how much is PR spin. Still, some of the key points:

1) Xiaomi never intended to engage in “hunger marketing.” Shortages were due to factory production.

2) Xiaomi is three things: Phone, router, and TV. Any other hardware Xiaomi sells is the result of partnerships forged by Lei Jun/Xiaomi investments and those products are the result of separate companies. (That’s a nice way of saying it wasn’t Xiaomi who stole the Balmuda design.)

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Wannabe Neverbe “Writers” Whine Against Amazon

Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.

Let me fix the headline: Shitheads Who Have No Business Writing Whine Their Free Ride Is Ending

On Twitter, I railed against that article.

I’m publishing those tweets here. Because fuck you.

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