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Friday, August 22

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Infographic: China's Dalian Wanda Acquires AMC Entertainment | Statista
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By purchasing America's second largest cinema chain, Dalian Wanda Group  now owns American's 2nd largest movie theater the AMC Entertainment group foreign takeover yet by a private Chinese company. However the fact remains that why would a Chinese company be interested in a market like US where  growth has been flat and for all  the hype " movie making business is not really a big profit  churner , as the  financial risks  are too high , the number of blockbuster hits coming out of US has been nothing to boast off

However these much more to this that "  financial profits". Its like an apple iphone, which  has become an  American icon world over, ever mind the factories where its churned  out are at Taiwan and China ..Taking over US  Movie Theatres in US, by  Chinese is akin to the same thing 
Dalian Wanda's takeover is a kind of " Cultural Perestroika " which Chinese would use as a platform for increasing its own film industry " with a large US audience" ( remember Hidden Dragon  and Crouching Tiger 

Just as Chinese  goods have flooded American markets. China wishes to expand its own cultural horizon, along with markets with deep pockets  and keep  its rapidly growing economy hungry for more .


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Thursday, August 21

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plastic cards break up by Numbers

Credit card giant MasterCard, the second largest payments network in the U.S has been outmaneuvering its rivals and outbidding the markets  this year in 2014 ,led  by surging transaction volumes in US and as well as non US markets

  1.  The strong performance was also reflected by a nearly 14% growth in revenues in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous year. 
  2. MasterCard in 2013 processed over 38 billion transactions and in 2014 April  it has already processed over 20 billion transactions. Online Stock Research and consultancy firm Trefis is projecting an excess of 41 of  billion transactions by MasterCard ending this year in 2014
  3. Though the numbers look too big to be achieved. Recently MasterCard has drew and slew up many plans that could help achieve its ambitious growth numbers .Among them include 
  • It has created co-branded card partnerships with retail giants Target (formerly partnered with rival visa on co-branded cards) and Wal-Mart which dumped Discover to sign on with MasterCard), 
  • Launched an partnership with Amazon in Japan on a co-branded card.
  •  MasterCard also expanding the Wal-Mart co-branded card beyond ond the U.S. to Latin American markets 
  • MasterCard’s recent agreement with the Middle Easts largest retail brands  Landmark Group, will provide MasterCard with access to more than 6 million new  customers 
  •  MasterCard, originally known as Interbank/Master Charge, was created by several California banks as a competitor to theBankAmericard issued by Bank of America, which later became the Visa credit card issued by Visa Inc In the U.S., which alone contributes 40% of total revenues and is a highly penetrated market 
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Wednesday, August 20

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Customizing Your car online via a tweet .Digiday has posted a tweet, which shows ' what might be actually the first such case of using twitter to customize your 2015 TLX performance luxury sedan within a tweet 

Acura, which is the luxury division of Honda Motor Corp has been showcasing a launch of its digital campaign whereby yo can customize  is trumpeting the launch of the by letting you create a customized car, within Twitter in 4 steps 

Step 1 " Choose the Engine Type 206 HP 4 cylinder or 290 Hp V6
Step 2 Choose the drive train steer type  
Step 3 : Chose the  Color of yourAcura
Step 4 : Select the  2015 Acura model TLX and retweet to your friends




customise your car acura 2015 via twitter

Now customize your Acura car within a Twee


Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company. The brand has been available in the United States and Canada since March 1986, marketing luxury, performance, and high-performance vehicles.
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Google IPO Debut :  A decade and Counting :
Google IPO completes 10 years

According to For Google this week had been an historic one has this 18th August, 2014 had been 10 years since Google debuted its IPO.  While Google has seen  many ups and downs, and at that time no none could have thought " Google would be powering their smartphones via the Mobile OS Android.. But the fact remains that 10 years in an technology industry , Google has mellowed ,made money, and made a lot of enemies ( Microsoft, Apple )
However there has been many anecdotes and behind the scenes on the run up to the IPO..which have been republished
  1.  The value of the shares Google decided to offer was a nerdy little joke: $2,718,281,828 - the first nine decimal places in the irrational number e.t -. 
  2. Google decided that its S-1, a required document that lays out a company's financials and risks and is usually written in legalese, would be written simply and intimately. "Google is not a conventional company," cofounder Larry Page started the letter. "We do not intend to become one. 
  3. A day after the IPO On August 19, 2004 the number of shares outstanding was 172.85 million while the "free float" was 19.60 million (which makes 89% held by insiders)
  4. Cofounder Sergey Brin didn't even show up for the ringing of the bell on the day of the IPO because he didn't want to take a red-eye flight. 
  5. Larry Page showed up wearing a suit he bought at Macy'sGoogle IPO Debut : A decade and Counting
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Amidst the growing Proliferation of screens at work and at our personal lives.. Its kind of interesting to see " How much time we spent starting or working on the screen How much do we use screens as modern day " factory tools ( industrial revolution ). How much of technology has crept into our lives .. and how much pixels of screen has : been added to our layers" to technological marvel 

 This chart shows how we compare across nations when it comes to spending time surrounded by screens. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos among more than 16,000 consumers from 20 countries, 60% of consumers feel like they are constantly looking at screen these days.

How many layers of digital screen separates us
How Nations compare  surrounded by screen : Chinese are the most screen -ish ( need a better word) nations followed by UK and US Screen Surround

Amidst the growing Proliferation of screens at work and at our personal lives.. Its kind of interesting to see " How much time we spent starting or working on the screen How much do we use screens as modern day " factory tools ( industrial revolution ). How much of technology has crept into our lives .. and how much pixels of screen has : been added to our layers" to technological marvel 

 This chart shows how we compare across nations when it comes to spending time surrounded by screens. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos among more than 16,000 consumers from 20 countries, 60% of consumers feel like they are constantly looking at screen these days.
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