Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Friday, October 31, 2014   

Why it pays for retailers to side with Apple
In economics, the network effect is an expression for describing the positive feedback loop of increasing value when the number of users in a system rises and provides positive externalities to each other. The classic example is the telephone network. In the era of Web 2.0, most applications follow this economic pattern.

HKTV changes channels
As Asia Television's license renewal remains uncertain, Hong Kong Television Network announced the launch of an internet TV service cum online shopping platform.

Longing for Rory
Officials at the BMW Masters in Shanghai expressed disappointment at the absence of crowd-puller Rory McIlroy, but said they respected his decision to pull out of the European Tour event.

MC hammers out what tough role requires
I had afternoon tea with a famous artiste and master of ceremonies, Astrid Chan Chi-ching.

Lesson in good family life
Media veteran Cheung Kwai-yeung last week invited me to the wedding banquet of his youngest son in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tanzanite may lift us out of the doldrums
Tanzanite, a blue-violet gem with pink to red sparkles, has maintained its premier position on the chart of top-selling colored gemstones for the past decade. Consumers in the United States buy approximately 80 percent of all tanzanite that is mined, though of late much of the larger stones are being snapped up in the Far East, including Hong Kong and the mainland.

They're talk of the town
Representatives of the Hong Kong Federation of Students held talks with top government officials last week on political development, and most people agreed their performance was impressive.

Calm on the horizon after the 2014 storm
This year has been dramatic and traumatic for Hong Kong and the world. We see Ebola cases breaking out at a rapid pace with no sign of letting up.

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