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Alibaba: the Chinese e-commerce in the Valley

As this giant Chinese company goes public this week, we’re sending a knowing wink to those at Ozy who wrote about Alibaba back in July; a post we duly shared with you, of course.  This internet giant - it apparently has 279 million customers spending close to $300 billion on company sites, so ‘giant’ really is no overstatement - is set to become the biggest initial public offering (IPO) the US market has ever known. If the IPO goes as well as Alibaba hopes, we’re talking about the potential of a bigger market value of Amazon. 

So while investors are scrabbling to jump on the Alibaba bandwagon, what does the Silicon Valley crew make of all the hubbub? Surprisingly, this Fortune article writes, the response is a little bit ‘meh.’ It seems that while the Valley respects the success Alibaba has had in China, California tech executives believe there is some way to go before the company will be worthy of rating as real competition. We think, however, that may soon change.

(via How Silicon Valley sees Alibaba)

Great cheat sheet on why your social media customer service needs to get social (if it’s not already).

explore-blog:

For Hemingway’s birthday, his timeless advice to aspiring writers

Yes, yes, YES.

This isn’t a definitive list - not least as it only covers the West, mostly - but it’s a damn good start.

pearsonlabs:

Video games to play in your classroomWe are big fans of adding game-based learning to the general education portfolio - as are a growing number of educators - but how do you choose which video games will really deliver tangible learning opportunities for students? EdTech Magazine has come to the rescue with their handy list of three games that definitely will…and yes, Minecraft is one of them. 
        (via Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom | EdTech Magazine)
    

Need to get acquainted with Minecraft, sharpish.

pearsonlabs:

Video games to play in your classroom

We are big fans of adding game-based learning to the general education portfolio - as are a growing number of educators - but how do you choose which video games will really deliver tangible learning opportunities for students? EdTech Magazine has come to the rescue with their handy list of three games that definitely will…and yes, Minecraft is one of them.

(via Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom | EdTech Magazine)

Need to get acquainted with Minecraft, sharpish.

And we almost bought this guy. Ugh. #Gunnersdodgedabiter

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The Art of Silence – a montage of Martin Scorsese’s “deliberate and powerful use of silence.” Pair with the origin and cultural evolution of silence.