links for 2009-08-20

  • Are venture capital-backed mobile app companies developing their apps on a single mobile OS or are they developing them to work on multiple operating systems?  A look at 2009’s venture capital funding activity in the mobile startup space shows that despite the $100 million plus already invested by venture capitalists in iPhone predicated startups, venture backed mobile startups are generally developing apps which work on multiple mobile operating systems vs those which are platform specific.  By multi-platform, we mean their offerings work on two or more of the prominent mobile operating systems, e.g., the big six mobile OSs – Android, iPhone, Palm, RIM, Symbian and Windows.  Because we were focused on US venture backed mobile startups, the Linux mobile OS which has 5.1% market share but which is heavily China and Japan oriented didn’t figure into the OSs we examined.
  • Great How-to:

    "Rather than ignore that traffic, we need to develop content and navigation that keeps those visitors on the site a while longer and offers them a way to engage with us further, an opportunity to create a conversion. Whether it’s subscribing to the blog, downloading an eBook, subscribing to a newsletter, reading to a related article or blog posting, to sharing something with a colleague."

  • Mobile device as a window on the world. Way cool. Ambient context.
  • I think there are several different areas of emergence that will need to be studied, ir they can. Firstly, there is the area of information flow, connected to PC and server activity too. It might be possible for example to use the net to generate information waves that could crash telecom networks by setting up physical resonances and correlated traffic peaks. These could be a more dangerous part of cyber-warfare than the viruses and worms of today.

    Secondly, we need to think about the human emergence. Occasionally, wonderful new ideas happen as a result of human interactions, and the web creates a superb platform on which to initiate and carry these interactions. But harmful ideas can also emerge. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, we need to look hard at the potential of the net to act as a platform for machine-initiated threats, such as machine consciousness."

  • . . . So why did Google decide to settle instead of to fight? Inspired perhaps by Rahm Emanuel, who has observed "you never want a serious crisis go to waste," Google recognized that AAP and the Guild would be willing to settle their lawsuits by vastly expanding the plaintiff class to all persons with a U.S. copyright interest in one or more books. The settlement could then give Google a license to commercialize all books owned by the class.

    Why would AAP and the Guild be willing to do this? It is largely because the agreement designates the Authors Guild as the representative of the author subclass and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) as the representative of the publisher subclass. This designation ensures that they will have vastly expanded responsibilities and powers to control the market for digital books . . . . (8/10 announcement)

  • The settlement, negotiated with the assistance of the Swiss government, comes as U.S. tax authorities conduct a criminal investigation into Americans who used Swiss bank accounts of UBS (UBS 15.89, -0.01, -0.06%) (CH:UBSN 16.90, +0.42, +2.55%) to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

    The settlement follows demands from the U.S. authorities that the bank hand over details on thousands of customers. U.S. tax authorities will gain access to 5,000 accounts of U.S. individuals who have accounts with UBS, according to the settlement.

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