Friday, September 5, 2008

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Apple appears to be censoring applications in App Store. Yup. “Pull my finger” was turned down because of “limited utility”. My take? They’re trying to preserve the value of applications on the App Store. People want a field of dreams, not a field of trash.  We talked about whether Apple should or should not censor, and concluded that if they choose to censor they will need to relax control of the iPhone so that competitors to App Store can provide an outlet for third parties who can’t get into App Store.

We also discussed Microsoft’s new advertising with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. I thought they were funny. But were they effective?  Definitely not nearly as effective as Mac vs. PC, but on the other hand this is only the beginning of Microsoft’s rebrand.
And how about the latest 3G numbers, showing the US vaulting ahead of Western Europe in 3G penetration? We had questions about how the data was collected, but concluded that this is just the inevitable march of progress.  It’s much the same as the latest reports that wireless now accounts for more than 50% of revenues, across the board in the telecom industry.

On the conference call: Dan Rockwell, Jim Courtney, Jeanette Fisher, Bill Volk, Martyn Davies, Craik Pyke and Jeb Brilliant.

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You people have no sense of humour.

by alec on September 5, 2008

To all the wags on the net complaining about the Microsoft Seinfeld / Gates advertisements, I say “grow a sense of humour!”.  These advertisements are wonderfully absurd, from the idea of Bill Gates shopping in a discount shoe store, to the Mexican family talking about the Conquistador, referring to the shoes and not the man, to Seinfeld’s observations no showering while clothed.  The weakest piece, frankly, is the end.

No, it’s not Owen Wilson, or some piece of teen gross-out humour from Will Farrell.  It’s actually funny.  I can hardly wait to see the rest.

But then again, I grew up on Monty Python, Mr. Bean, Peter Cooke, Laurel and Hardy, Terry Gilliam, and Peter Sellers.

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US 3G Market Roars

September 5, 2008

Via Chetan Sharma, comScore’s latest 3G market data shows enormous growth in the United States.  While not showing the same overal market penetration as Western European countries such as Italy, in absolute the US market shows 64,207,000 3G subscribers, versus 63,437,000 for Western Europe.  After a year of 80% growth in 3G in the US, […]

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iSkoot buys social.im

September 5, 2008

In a sign that iSkoot wants to be known for more than providing mobile Skype services, yesterday they gobbled up social.im.  As TechCrunch wrote: Social.im was a promising service, until Facebook launched its own IM feature. The play here for iSkoot is to bring that social IM functionality to its mobile client (as well as […]

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