Clay Shirky, a New York University professor and author, still looks prescient five years after his blog post, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable” appeared. In addition to my favorite line (“ ‘You’re gonna miss us when we’re gone’ has never been much of a business model”), he compares what’s happening in journalism now to the revolutionary changes that followed the invention of the printing press. He wrote:
“When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to. There are fewer and fewer people who can convincingly tell such a lie.”
And that monumental uncertainty still holds sway in 2014 – which is just one more indication that I may have overpromised.'Journalism Oracle'? What Was I Thinking? - NYTimes.com
Nokia and Microsoft have been struggling to make headway as smartphones have shifted to become the majority of mobile phone sales. Microsoft responded to Apple’s 2007 launch of the iPhone and Google’s 2008 release of Android with Windows Phone in October 2010, but still has less than 5% of global sales.
The phone is understood to have been planned by Stephen Elop while he was chief executive of Nokia, together with Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft chief executive who was replaced in February 2014 by Satya Nadella. “This move indicates that Windows Phone hasn’t succeeded as Microsoft had expected,” said one industry observer.
Sources familiar with Nokia’s plans indicated that press reports about the phone - which have been swirling for months - are correct. Nokia has already announced that it will hold a press conference at the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, though it hasn’t said what will be shown off.
“This could be huge, but what an embarrassment it could be for Microsoft if this sells better than Windows Phone,” said one person familiar with Nokia’s plans.
For Nokia, the “Normandy” is part of an effort to revitalise its smartphone efforts after being outpaced by Apple, Samsung and a number of other companies since 2011. In the fourth quarter of 2013 it shipped just 8.2m Lumia phones to mobile carriers, compared to 51m iPhones and 150m Android phones worldwide. The company did not give any figure for Asha shipments for the past quarter, but they had been flat at around 6m in the previous two quarters.
Amazon used AOSP to build its range of Kindle Fire tablets, and has been able to tempt developers to recompile thousands of apps written for Google’s Android to run on the Amazon App Store.Nokia’s new phone to combine Android with Microsoft services | Technology | The Guardian
Why? Well, it comes down to owning your own domain. Building out a professional profile on LinkedIn certainly makes sense, and bolstering that cv with intelligent pieces of writing is also a great idea. But if you’re going to take the time to create content, you should also take the time to create a home for that content that is yours and yours alone. WordPress makes it drop dead easy to start a site. Take my advice, and go do it. Given the trendlines of digital publishing, where more and more large platforms are profiting from, and controlling, the works of individuals, I can’t stress enough: Put your taproot in the independent web. Use the platforms for free distribution (they’re using you for free content, after all). And make sure you link back to your own domain. That’s what I plan to do when I post this to LinkedIn. Right after I post this here.Linked In Is Now A Publishing Platform. Cool. But First Get Your Own Site. | John Battelle’s Search Blog
The Android device will target emerging markets and won’t promote some of the key features typically seen on Google’s Android platform, including the Google Play app store, the report said. Instead, think of this as an Android version of Nokia’s low-cost Asha brand.Report: Nokia to Launch Android-Based Smartphone in February
A new set of guidelines in South Korea will soon require wireless carriers and handset makers to allow consumers to delete many of those pesky apps that come preloaded on phones, like music and messaging services.
The rules take aim at preloaded apps often known as “bloatware.” It’s a particularly big issue in Asia, where carriers and handset makers like Samsung continue to preload hoards of apps to try to juice their usage. In Asia, some Samsung phones reportedly come preloaded with as many as 80 apps, including more than 20 from the wireless carrier.
While it didn’t get much media coverage, a few wireless industry executives told me they were playing close attention to the new rule, which is designed to preserve some of the phone’s memory so that consumers can download more apps. It is limited to South Korea for now, but some believe we could eventually see something similar in Europe and possibly the U.S.Will Mobile App Preloads Disappear? - The Information
This isn’t a surprise. Mr. Page and Google are known for bold moves and crazy ideas that tend to not seem so crazy after some time. A few years ago, I thought Google’s self-driving cars were ridiculous. I now believe Google will become a big player in the auto industry, which is already trying to catch up and replicate what Google has built.
But it is worth reflecting on the type of game Mr. Page is playing. He isn’t constrained by how the company is structured or traditional cycles of product development. One of the reasons the DeepMind team was keen to sell is they were looking for a partners to fund their research until it was ready, without having to rush out a product, according to three people who know the team well. Google, which undoubtedly funds more research than many research institutions, was the perfect fit.
The platisher addresses both of these requirements. First, by leveraging partners and users to create content, the platisher can grow much faster than it can by relying on only the newsroom. Second, by enabling marketers to create content, it will be faster to sell, worth much more, and perform much better than banners. And, ideally, the editorial DNA of the platisher — insightful curation, unique content, differentiated brand — makes it a more desirable place for an influential creator or a brand-conscious marketer to publish than just a plain ol’ tech platform. That’s a very exciting idea, and it’s what Medium, BuzzFeed, Gawker, Vox and Sulia are all pursuing.
Of course, we platishers still have a lot of issues to figure out. All of the original questions are still in play: Emotional, legal, ideological, organizational.
Can platishers hire and retain Google-class talent? Do they need to?Rise of the Platishers | Re/code
How will platishers police brand-damaging content on their platform? How about plagiarism and copyright?
What is the right balance between algorithm and editorial judgment in prioritizing content?
What is the right balance between staff, freelance, partner and “community” contributors?
But nor is it necessarily a good thing for Google be be seen as invulnerable. There might be no “Google death knell counter”. There might not be a “Google is doomed” trope. If an executive from Google quits or is fired there is no investor panic. If a product is withdrawn there is no mourning. There are no journalists pursuing Pulitzer prizes by describing some seamy underside of Google. But there are no overt displays of affection either. Google is seen, on balance, as benevolent and hopeful. The discussion on business robustness is simply missing.
I suspect the absence of scrutiny comes from Google being seen as an analogy of the Internet itself. We don’t question the survival of the Internet so we don’t question the survival of Google — its backbone, its index, and its pervasive ads which, somehow, keep the lights on. We believe Google is infrastructure. We don’t dwell on whether electric grids are vulnerable, or supplies of fuel, or the weather(!)
Too complex, too pervasive. These are systems, not things. And people are not designed to contemplate systems. We leave that to experts, or better yet, computers.www.asymco.com
Internet Everywhere means that our old conception of the world separated into an online and an offline space is no longer relevant. Traditional social media required that we live experiences in the offline world, record those experiences, and then post them online to recreate the experience and talk about it. For example, I go on vacation, take a bunch of pictures, come back home, pick the good ones, post them online, and talk about them with my friends.
This traditional social media view of identity is actually quite radical: you are the sum of your published experience. Otherwise known as: pics or it didn’t happen.
Or in the case of Instagram: beautiful pics or it didn’t happen AND you’re not cool.
This notion of a profile made a lot of sense in the binary experience of online and offline. It was designed to recreate who I am online so that people could interact with me even if I wasn’t logged on at that particular moment.
Snapchat relies on Internet Everywhere to provide a totally different experience. Snapchat says that we are not the sum of everything we have said or done or experienced or published – we are the result. We are who we are today, right now.
We no longer have to capture the “real world” and recreate it online – we simply live and communicate at the same timeSnapchat
That’s why I’m even more excited about the next ten years than the last. The first ten years were about bootstrapping this network. Now we have the resources to help people across the world solve even bigger and more important problems.
Today, only one-third of the world’s population has access to the internet. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to connect the other two-thirds.
Today, social networks are mostly about sharing moments. In the next decade, they’ll also help you answer questions and solve complex problems.
Today, we have only a few ways to share our experiences. In the next decade, technology will enable us to create many more ways to capture and communicate new kinds of experiences.Mark Zuckerberg - Today is Facebook’s 10th anniversary. It’s been…
On a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Google CFO Patrick Pichette urged analysts to look at Google’s business more holistically. “Rather than to speak about mobile and only mobile, it’s really about living with the user,” said Pichette. “And once you think through living with the user, supporting our users across all their day, whether it would be on a TV, whether it would be on a mobile phone, whether it would be on the desktop, whether it would be with Google Glass wearables, that’s really the aim that we’re actually shooting for.”Google Is Making Itself a Lot Leaner and Meaner | TIME.com
Almost 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.
The latest figures come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm which found Android’s dominance grew with the platform running on 79 percent (785 million) of the devices shipped in 2013, up from 68 percent in 2012. At the same time, Apple’s iOS share fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, despite shipments increasing to 154 million.
Windows Phone was the biggest winner, although it had much more room to grow than the big two. Microsoft saw its platform gain a percentage point to 3 percent as shipments increased 90 percent in 2013 to 32.1 million, driven mainly by Nokia’s Lumia devices, and putting it ahead of BlackBerry, at 19.8 million.
There was a point in time where talking about share of smartphone sales was a meaningful and important metric. That time has passed. It’s rather like talking about Toyota’s share of sales of Japanese cars in the USA: it tells you something, and was very useful in the past, but not any more.
There are lots of issues and questions about Apple’s future, and lots of different things going on in those charts, including a clear decline in the growth of sales. But ‘smartphone share’ is not a helpful way to think about those questions.Smartphone market share is not a metric — Benedict Evans
The internal slogan, chief executive Jim Bankoff tells me, is “substance is viral.” If you create the right kind of content for users, and wrap appropriate advertising around it, they’ll spread it themselves.A Closer Look At Chorus, The Next-Generation Publishing Platform That Runs Vox Media | TechCrunch