Dec 29, 2013 #KevinsDailyReads (“Weekend Ed”)
Hello. Just flew back into Taipei from Penghu from a nice family vacation in a vacation (“vacationception?” as Kameron pointed out). This pic (http://instagram.com/p/igPrRUwn02/) basically highlighted my trip – totally disregards the ridiculous wind all weekend. Hope your weekend is going well too – enjoy the weekend’s reads.
The app game – this holiday season, Apple users outspent Android users in app purchases 5 to 1 (http://bit.ly/1fSvSx8); but apps in and of themselves probably are not sustainable long-term differentiator for any smartphone platform; like most things in life (like food), after a certain point, apps yield diminishing marginal returns (http://bit.ly/1fSvKhk);
New Mexico, Utah, and Ohio are the latest states to green light gay marriage – the question now is when would the Supreme Court come into play? Advocates from the state level urge for federal ruling to make gay marriage ban unconstitutional (http://slate.me/19vrMfV);
More on that bitcoin – what’s the fundamental value of the crypto-currency? Gold fundamentally can be used to make things; the dollar, by law, has institutional value; Bitcoin as a valuable “exchange” platform still does not give the medium itself value; food for thought for other cryo-currency creators out there (http://read.bi/1hNEq9S);
#corporategovernance Sarbanes-Oxley and the Clawbacks (indie band? No?) – of the 13 cases the SEC pushed for in the past 3 years, only 7 resulted in successful clawbacks; clawbacks require executives to forfeit compensation if found guilty of financial misdeeds; from past, it’s an interesting regulatory play but difficult to execute (http://nyti.ms/1dbGrvC);
Back in May, Time magazine published its super popular “The Me Me Me Generation” piece (http://ti.me/1fSqOsM) profiling the archetypical Generation Y / 20-something; many months later, Entrepreneur magazine lists some of the reasons why the “immature” and “entitled” generation might be the “best hires” (http://bit.ly/1fSqrOS);