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Japanese doughnut lovers rejoice! April 13, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in Food and Drink, Japan.
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Krispy Kreme is coming to Japan!
Lotte and Revamp are setting up Krispy Kreme Japan by end of May and will be operating under a franchise agreement, and plan to have 30-50 stores within 5 years.

Krispy Kreme had some "issues" a while back, but hopefully the financial difficulties are behind them, and we will see Krispy Kreme doughnuts in Japan.

I know we know have Doughnut Plant doughnuts available in a bunch of stores and Dean & Deluca also sells them in Tokyo, but I actually prefer Krispy Kremes.

Yes, they are loaded with way too much sugar, but I need to treat myself.  

New “bookmarking” tool launched April 12, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in IT, Japan.
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Sidefeed have announced a "bookmarking" tool that may be of interest to mobile users who have intermittent internet access.

The service has been launched simultaneously at http://atode.cc/ (Japanese, "atode" means "later" in  Japanese) and http://toread.cc/ (English).

Once you register by providing your email address, you just bookmark the provided link, and click on the link in your bookmarks (or your toolbar) when you want to "bookmark" a page.

The service scrapes the requested page and sends it as an email.

Doesn't work with Javascript embedded in the page and the like, but for reading pages offline, it seems to have some merit, especially as many users are used to using an email client to manage data.

I think I have seen something similar somewhere, but my memory fails me. 

Personal DNA report April 5, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in general.
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I usually read Fred Wilson's blog "A VC" which is one of the feeds I have imported into Thunderbird (which is also my regular email client), and Thunderbird just displays the text of the post (for this feed and some others, for others it displays rendered html in the reading pane), so I don't see the stuff populating the periphery of the page which you would see if you loaded the page on a browser.

(I am also using Glucose, a Japanese feedreader/browser app which is evolving nicely)

Anyhow, for the first time in a while, I felt compelled (the reason escapes me now) to visit the site properly, and I noticed he had a "My Personality Profile" under "My Stuff" on the right hand column of the trusty 3 column layout. (OT, His regularly blinking avatar staring at me is kinda creepy….)

The link was to Fred's results for his personality test at PersonalDNA, it looked kind of interesting and headed there myself to take the test. It doesn't require an email address to take the test, so it isn't harvesting email addresses to sell to spammers.

The test leverages Flash slidebars and suchlike, which probably contributes to better usability and some eye candy to alleviate boredom (It's a fairly long test….).  

I linked to my results as "My PersonalDNA Report" under "miscellaneous" in the righthand column.

It says I am an advocating inventor. Sounds like a decent profile for someone in my profession. Perhaps I should be on the other side though…..

Bubble2.0 stock updates April 3, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in IPO, IT, Japan.
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The Japanese markets had another strong day.

Drecom closed at JPY4.01M, up 1.52%. Stock has been trending gradually downwards since the craziness of the first week post-IPO in early Feb.

Hikaku.com closed at JPY1.66M, up 7%. This stock started trending downwards since the first trade was made post-IPO. Still appears overpriced at a $500M+ market cap.

In unrelated news, the CyberAgent operated sites which disappeared from Google's index appear to have been reinstated.