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Carpe Diem We’re now in the second Internet bubble. The signals are loud and clear : seed and late stage valuations are getting frothy and wacky, and hiring talent in Silicon Valley is the toughest it has been since the dot.com bubble.
Update 4 p.m. PT, Thursday: Wired.com has obtained a letter from Apple explaining how and why iOS devices store geo data and transmit it to Apple. Your iPhone or 3G-equipped iPad has been secretly recording your location for the past 10 months.
A day after Apple ( AAPL ) released its new policy for subscription-based apps to operate in the iTunes App Store and on iOS, there’s a bit of an air of panic floating around. Bounce around the Internet and you can read scary words from several doomsayers regarding the new restrictions. Rhapsody, it appears, isn’t going to be playing ball. Fear surrounds what could happen to streaming content from Hulu and Netflix ( NFLX ). E-book prices are expected to rise from Amazon ( AMZN ) and other booksellers. And the Wall Street Journal is already speculating that the federal government might decide to get involved.
You may also download this file. Running time: 59:54 The FTC has released a new online privacy report that could reshape advertising, media and business on the Internet. A key element of the report is the FTC endorsement of a “Do-Not-Track” mechanism for web browsers. Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission’s new technologist, Princeton University computer scientist Ed Felten, talked about the basic idea for Do-Not-Track in a call with the media. Unedited audio of that call is embedded above, featuring extensive remarks from chairman Jon Leibowitz, Jessica Rich, deputy director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Felten.
Next year, marketers will need to rethink their approach to advertising and marketing and intensify their focus on creating magnetic content that will naturally attract consumers, rather than relying solely on the interruption model of advertising, which consumers are responding to less and less. Think pull vs. push. Magnetic content can include anything created on behalf of a brand—be it an ad, YouTube video, online game, Facebook page, Twitter promo or mobile app—that consumers genuinely want to engage with and pass along to others. This content entertains, amuses, informs, serves a function or satisfies a consumer need.
On news that Delicious is on Yahoo's sunset list , thousands of people decided it was time to take a look at simplified competitor Pinboard . The much lower blue area is normal activity for the Pinboard servers, during a three-day period. The green represents activity after the Yahoo leak. As a Delicious user for years, I really hope sunset means move to another company rather than shutdown. Or maybe I'll start bookmarking on my desktop via browser.
Independent, off-deck, app stores will become the major driver of mobile app downloads by 2015, eclipsing on-deck app store. That’s the word of a new report from research firm MarketsandMarkets, which forecasts the growth of the mobile app market. The report estimates the global market will be worth $25 billion by 2015, with Apple’s App Store accounting for 20.5 percent of total revenues. While on-deck stores like Android Market and the App Store represent 3/4 of app revenues, off-deck application downloads are expected to grow faster through independent stores like GetJar and others and will ultimately eclipse on-deck stores by 2015.
When Amazon's Appstore rolled out last week , we glossed over one detail that merely seemed neat. Today, we're inclined to say that Test Drive may be the most significant part of Amazon's announcement that day. Basically, Test Drive allows US customers to take apps for a spin at Amazon.com, with all the comfort that their tried-and-true desktop web browser brings -- but rather than sit you down with a Flash-based mockup of the app, Amazon is giving you a taste of bona fide cloud computing with an Android virtual machine. In other words, what you're looking at in the screenshot above isn't just a single program, but an entire virtual Android smartphone with working mouse controls, where you can not only try out Paper Toss , but also delete it, browse through the device's photo gallery, listen to a few tunes, or even surf the web from the working Android browser -- as difficult as that may be without keyboard input. Amazon explains:
Deja vu all over again ? Not quite -- this time it's Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana feeling the pain of no Comcast internet, according to a bevy of tipsters and a series of official ComcastCares tweets. As before, the fix is fairly simple, assuming you know how to manually switch your DNS -- just point your computer to a public domain name server (like Google's at 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206, but there are plenty of others) and things should re-route themselves in seconds flat.
Beck Diefenbach/Reuters Among the updates to Apple’s OS X operating system was a Safari reading list that works much like Instapaper. How do you know if you’ve created a really great, useful iPhone app? Apple tries to put you out of business. That may be overstating it, but a number of new features for Apple’s operating systems that it announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference have been available through existing apps and services for some time. Some of those apps are quite popular, and have been lucrative for the people who developed them.
Technology :: Feature Articles :: November 22, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print See Inside The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty.