A quick burst of 11 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Nokia's New CEO: Challenges >> Monday Note
"For Nokia to win, Elop must change the hearts and minds of 123,000 people, make unpopular decisions and make them quickly: The smartphone business is moving much faster than when Nokia was king. Is Elop up to the task?"
Gartner Predicts Mobile OS Market Share >> Asymco
Ah, Asymo has found it: it looks back to see what Gartner was saying in 2006 about the smartphone market (given its forecasts for the next four years). Turns out Gartner didn't really think there was such a thing as a smartphone then.
Windows Phone 7 RTM Parade >> Flickr
Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacture. So the Microsoft staff had a parade. In which they had a hearse - because they're burying the iPhone. Geddit? Umm.. OK.
The Death Of The RSS Reader >> paidContent
It's not dead, but it's certainly looking peaky. Visits to Google Reader are down 27% year-on-year, says Hitwise, and visits to Bloglines have fallen by 71% in that period. Which leads us to...
IAC To Shut Down Bloglines >> paidContent
It's dead, Jim. The reason: according to IAC (Barry Diller's company, which bought it in 2005), being that RSS is now just plumbing - it's not something special or, in particular, social.
Google, I want a divorce >> net.wars
Wendy Grossman isn't delighted: "There are a lot of things Google could do that would save me - and millions of other people - more time than Instant. The company could get expunge more of the link farms and useless aggregator shopping sites from its results. Intelligence could be better deployed for disaggregation - this Wendy Grossman or that one? I'd benefit from having the fade-in go away; it always costs me a few seconds.
"There are some other small nuisances that also waste my time. On the News and some other pages, for example, you can't right-click on a URL and copy/paste it into a story because a few years ago doing that started returning an enormously long Google-adulterated URL. Simply highlighting and copying the URL into Word puts it in weird fonts you have to change."
Microsoft Vine – About
First Vox, now this. Remember how Vine was going to be Microsoft's Twitter? "Microsoft will discontinue the Microsoft Vine beta testing program as of October 11, 2010. The Microsoft Vine Team thanks you for your valuable feedback on this product."
Surplus note: all of the links - About, Resources, Support, Press Info - provide the same page. It's dead, Jim.
From 2007: Battle of the Buttons: will the iPhone succeed? >> Michael Robertson
From the man who gave you MP3.com: in June 2007, just as the first iPhone was being released: "The current phone I carry is the Nokia e61i which compares very favorably with the iPhone. It's shipping now and comes with 51 distinct physical buttons - the opposite design of the iPhone. Nokia is the #1 mobile phone manufacturer in the world and has sold more than twice as many phones in the most recent quarter as the 2nd largest company, Motorola. If buttons had no value why would Nokia use them?" Why indeed.
Nokia Makes The Same Mistake Again: Hires A Manager, Not A Product Visionary >> Business Insider
"Let's trace through his career: Nothing exciting the last couple years as the Office boss at Microsoft, nothing that consumers would ever care about as COO of Juniper Networks, and then sales functions at Adobe and Macromedia. Sounds like another suit, and not the dreamer that Nokia needs to beat Apple and Google."
Firefox Heatmap >> Mozilla.com
Find out where people click on the browser. One button in particular is surprisingly popular... can you guess which?
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