Monthly Archives: January 2019

如果做这么一个插件 – Headline Blocker

午饭和组里人讨论出一个项目idea:Headline Blocker。

就是做这么一个插件,把所有文章的标题屏蔽掉(就像Ad Blocker屏蔽掉广告一样),这样大家不会因为“标题党“而点进去一些 “You won’t believe…“ 或 “7 things you should…” 这样clickbait的文章。技术上并不难。

如果觉得缺点是人们需花更多时间去识别一篇文章的好坏的话,可以加这么一个feature:通过文章内容自动生成一个中立的文章标题。这样每篇文章从标题角度来说起码是同一起跑线。

虽然这插件初看是没有盈利的希望,而且是一种“反惰性“(而不是利用人的惰性)的自讨苦吃的方式。但是从humanity*的角度来说,或许是一种挽救?

(*假新闻传播得更快更广,利用人类贪嗔痴弱点的文章更受欢迎)

Apple’s vulnerability in China

In the most recent Stratechery podcast Episode 158 – A Significant Shift, Ben Thompson made a good yet subtle point about Apple’s recent revenue warning followed by its biggest stock-price drop. To paraphrase – because of Apple’s shallow software moat in China, it’s particularly vulnerable in China when there’s an economic recession.

To break the analysis down in my own words –

1) WeChat (and similar services in China) and Android undermine iPhone’s software experience.

  • WeChat provides much better experience than iMessages because its holistic integration of rich services and so on. Unlike the iMessage’s popularity in the US, it is just lukewarm in China.
  • Android’s open source strategy allows the local manufactures like Huawei and Xiaomi to customize their own OS, which weaken the necessity of the holistic iPhone experience (hardware + software). iPhone users in China are not affected by the ecosystem “lock-in”. So switching is easy.

2) Because of 1, people in China cut across iPhone’s underlying OS and buy iPhone more of as a commodity – just like buying a Chanel bag or a Rolex. Apple is a luxury brand for status symbol.

  • (But also thanks to this, most U.S. internet giants (e.g. Google, FB) failed to break into the Chinese market but not for Apple – Apple was able to enter China and succeeded in the market)

3) Because 2, while it’s always the case, when economic recession comes, iPhone sales is more vulnerable in China compared to western countries. People avoid buying luxuries during economic downturn (roughly started from last quarter).

4) Apple’s less vulnerable in other countries because Apple has deeper software and services moat. Westerns buy because they are “locked in” in Apple’s ecosystem.