A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
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“Microsoft’s Bing search market share maintained its 14.7% in the United States during the month of September.
“The software giant’s “decision engine” held onto 14.7% U.S. market share compared to Google’s 65.3% according to data from comScore. Yahoo’s market share dropped to 15.5% following a 16.3% figure in August.”
That’s going to put a dent in Mashable’s straight-line extrapolation where Bing + Yahoo take over from Google some time next year, then.
“October 12th, 2011. Mark it down, and come back and yell at me in a few years if I’m wrong. Today is the day SMS begins to die.
“It begins with today’s launch of iOS 5. Or, really, it begins with iMessage.”
Actually, this is wrong; SMS is already peaking in a number of western countries, but not because of iMessage, but because of the availability of cheap data plans allied to services such as instant messaging and Twitter and Facebook. Tomi Ahonen has pointed to a peak in SMS in Holland last year. That’s before iMessage.
“A deal with Yahoo could serve as a way for Armstrong to bow out gracefully. The idea is not new — it was floated when Microsoft Corp made a bid for Yahoo in 2008, and resurfaced again last year when AOL hired Bank of America and Allen & Co to review alternatives.
“‘As far as Armstrong’s desire for an exit, he doesn’t want to be doing what he is doing 18 months from now. He wants to be out,’ said a source familiar with Armstrong’s thinking. ‘He’s an ambitious sort of guy and AOL is such an afterthought. But he would definitely put his hat in the ring to run a combined Yahoo/AOL.’”
Your exercise for today: would Yahoo’s future be more or less safe with AOL or Microsoft?
“Apple released the much-anticipated iOS 5 update for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches on Wednesday, an update that was almost immediately met with error messages by throngs of users trying to download it from the company’s servers.
“The errors, according to accounts on Apple support pages and this Cult of Mac report, carried messages indicating Apple servers couldn’t keep up with demand. A separate report from Business Insider said users were receiving warnings their devices couldn’t be restored.”
Panic on the streets of Hoxton. However, some of the error codes mean problems at Apple’s end, not the user’s.
A resource only created on Wednesday night but which is going to improve and improve – bookmark it, take part, improve it. Really, it matters that our kids can code: if you wait until they’re past 10, it can be too late to create the best.
“Ask anyone who ran or invested in a mobile app startup pre-iPhone (I invested in one myself). Since the carriers had all the power, getting any distribution (which usually meant getting on the handset “deck”) meant doing a business development deal with the carriers. Business development in this case meant finding the right people at those companies, sending them iPods, taking them to baseball games, and basically figuring out ways to convince them to work with you instead of the 5,000 other people sending them iPods and baseball tickets. The basis of competition was salesmanship and capital, not innovation or quality.
“The carriers had so much power because consumers made their purchasing decisions by choosing a carrier first and a handset second. Post-iPhone, tens of millions of people started choosing handsets over carriers. People like me suffer through AT&T;’s poor service and aggressive pricing because I love the iPhone so much.”
Changes look promising; app screen looks like Apple Lion’s. Windows 8 is shaping up to be the most visually pleasing version of Windows ever.
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