A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
"It is even worse than it appears for Twitter. The Google+ APIs are coming. When that happens, third-party Twitter clients will start baking in Google+ integration, especially because Twitter has been kicking their developers all year.
"What does Twitter do in response?
"Do nothing? The bleeding increases. Backbone users, after all, are big fans of third-party clients.
"Kick developers who dare to integrate with Google+? That sounds like it would generate a devastating backlash.
"Buy more clients / pay developers to favor Twitter? That doesn't sound sustainable.
The difference, though, is that an app for Google+ will need to be able to show the huge amounts of verbiage and comments that people add to it. Tolerable on a smartphone, but not so easy - oddly enough - on the desktop.
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Analyst Charles Wolf at Needham has an existential concern: ""To say RIM's first quarter results and second quarter guidance were ugly is an understatement," he writes. "Notwithstanding management's enthusiastic endorsement of BlackBerry OS 7 devices that should arrive by September, it's unlikely they will have any material impact on RIM's downward trajectory." He adds that it is an "open question" is adopting QNX as the OS for future devices can save the day, noting that it "does not address RIM's inability to design a user interface int he class of iPhone and Android."
"RIM isn't dead, but it looks more and more like the walking dead – a zombie company. Writes Wolf: 'Unless the company cracks the code in the consumer market, RIM's likely to become a shadow of its former self.'"
But surely RIM has got a good handle on consumers - it's just not able to charge premium prices?
"After spending billions of dollars over the last two years fighting Google with Bing, what does Microsoft have to show for it?
"Not much from a marketshare perspective. The latest comScore data shows Bing's share is at 14.4%, and it's not exactly growing like a weed."
More like a stick, really.
"White House arm-twisting had something to do with it. As we reported on Thursday, the White House has been credited with "brokering" the deal. It's not clear what that means, but perhaps administration officials hinted that if ISPs didn't agree to a voluntary graduated response system, the administration would throw its weight behind a legislative solution.
"McFadden wouldn't comment on whether White House inducements were a factor in Verizon's decision. But those meetings at the White House sound a lot like the "multi-stakeholder process" envisioned in an international report signed in Paris last month. That document explicitly contemplates using the threat of intermediary liability as a stick to get ISPs to "voluntarily" sign up for the role of copyright cop."
Just like in the UK, in fact. Except that the UK progressed to law, and even then ISPs don't like it.
"Microsoft is working on a social/design project called Tulalip, according to details from a splash page that was accidentally published to Socl.com recently.
"As of Thursday, Microsoft has taken down the splash page and replaced it with a message acknowledging the project.
"'Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn't mean to, honest,' the message states."
Can the world bear another giant company building a social network? However, the suggestion is that it would tie into Facebook and Twitter - and the interface looks like the "tiles" of the forthcoming Windows 8. It could just be misdirection.
"The verdict from latest "Do mobile phones fry your brain?" study is in, and the answer is a resounding "Nope".
"This new study was a monster: based on data from 2.8 million Danes, it studied the comparative likelihood of long-term users, newer users, and non-users of mobiles coming down with a non-cancerous form of brain tumor."
Will this satisfy the tin hat brigade?
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