For all the hype of the Summer of Facebook, the direction social networking is headed will lead only to dead ends. A discussion of social networking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit the other day demonstrates that, for the most part, social network providers only want to keep their members on the inside of their walled gardens.
Here's my challenge. I'll pay $100 for a VoIP client I can use over WiFi on my iPhone.
Despite my reservations about AT&T, which were well founded and widely documented, I did go to the AT&T store at 38th Street in Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to buy an iPhone. Several "spectacular" features of this launch deserve mention.
On the last afternoon of the Supernova Conference, David Weinberger and fellow ZD Net blogger Andrew Keen, debated the question, "Disorder: Feature or Bug?" Unfortunately, they didn't actually manage to demonstrate a definitive answer to that question, because all we learned was that they disagreed.
I am very impressed with the specs and reported performance of the iPhone. For weeks, I've been thinking over whether to go buy one.
Irving Waldasky-Berger, the recently retired technology strategist for IBM, addresses where the software and hardware industries are going and the challenges they face at Supernova 2007. Here are my notes....
Author and New York Times columnist and Hybrid Vigor Institute founder Denise Caruso, whose new book, Intervention, just arrived, launches the Supernova Conference with a call for diversity of ideas, conversation and, ultimately, collaboration. Leaping forward without first talking, discussing the potential benefits and consequences of a new technology creates the setting for disaster, often diminishing even the positive results.
The following is heavily paraphrased....Max Kalehoff of Neilsen Buzzmetrics: 10 Major Disruptions in Measurement1.
I'm heading to Supernova, starting tomorrow, where I hope to find some new ideas about social networking. Because the old ones are wearing thin.
My ZD Net blogging colleague, Garrett Rogers, excoriates Privacy International for its negative assessment of Google's privacy policies. He suggests the New Zealand-based organization, founded more than a decade ago, came to its conclusion without information from Google.
My gardener called yesterday to ask for my email address. Seems he wants to send his invoices by email starting next month.
Nielsen, the measurer of all things media, released a report last week on the impact of digital video recorders and, at the same time, introduced a new ratings service to report on actual viewership of programs and commercials that have been recorded for playback on TiVo and other time-shifting devices.The bad news is that only 17 percent of homes are using DVRs, shifting as much as 39.
Businessweek's Arik Hesseldahl writes today about the upcoming growth in consumer bandwidth, already available to some through Verizon's $180-a-month 30 Mbps/5Mbps FIOS service. Comcast and other cable carriers are testing DOCSIS 3.
Is is just me, or does anyone else find the fact that Anne Wojcicki, recently wed to Sergey Brin, has received $3.9 million in venture capital for her startup, 23andMe.
Ars Technica details a recently disclosed patent application by a Google researcher for a system to place ads based on user actions in video games. The article does an excellent job of dissecting the patent's intention, which is to extract vast amounts of personal information from gameplay data in order to target ads.