Twitter is a strange thing. Founded in 2006, it was initially promoted as a way of communicating with friends about what you are doing right now. It did not appeal to me. Who wants to know all that trivia? Who wants to publish it? Lots of people now on Facebook, apparently. But I digress. I
…continue reading Twitter: will longer tweets spoil the platform?
I’m at QCon London, an annual developer conference which is among my favourites thanks to its vendor-neutral content.
One session which stood out for me was from Robin Wilton, Director for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society, who spoke on “Understanding and managing your Digital Footprint”. I should report dissatisfaction, in that we only
…continue reading Privacy and online data sharing is a journey into the unknown: report from QCon London
Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for a breathtaking $16 billion. Too much money by any normal valuation; but that might not matter if it makes sense strategically.
What is the value of WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.
…continue reading What’s up with Facebook acquiring “we don’t sell ads” WhatsApp
Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.
These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer
…continue reading Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers
I am researching a piece on developing for Facebook with Microsoft Azure, and of course the first thing I did was to try it out.
…continue reading The frustration of developing for Facebook with C#
I am puzzled by Microsoft’s decision to close Live Spaces and send all its users to WordPress.com. Of course WordPress is a superior blogging platform; but Spaces made sense as an element within an integrated Live.com platform. According to Microsoft it has 7 million users and 30 million visitors; and if you accept that business
…continue reading Why is Microsoft giving away web traffic and abandoning users?
I’m not able to attend the whole of Oracle OpenWorld / JavaOne, but I have sneaked in to MySQL Sunday, which is a half-day pre-conference event. One of the questions that interests me: is MySQL in safe hands at Oracle, or will it be allowed to wither in order to safeguard Oracle’s closed-source database business?
…continue reading Oracle: a good home for MySQL?
Remember Microsoft Vine? It was a well-meaning but puzzling product intended to assist communication in emergencies, but with additional potential for social communication. To nobody’s surprise, Microsoft has emailed beta testers to inform that that the project is to be discontinued:
The decision to discontinue future development of Microsoft Vine was not easily made. Multiple
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