The Telecom Digest for November 23, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 316 : "text" Format
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Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 17:41:18 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Is the tech press needed anymore? (how Apple iPhone apps take off now)
Is the tech press needed anymore? (how Apple iPhone apps take off now)
November 20, 2010
Datapoint one: John Gruber is noting that Android doesn't have very
many of the industry's best apps.
Datapoint two. Starbucks CIO says that he's forced to use HTML 5 to
support Apple iOS users, because they represent the majority of folks
using mobile devices in their stores.
Datapoint three. SlideRocket is forced into HTML5 land (they used to
be all Flash) because of pressure from iOS users.
Datapoint four. Instagram got 100,000 users in less than a week (now
rumors are that they've gotten more than a million users in first
Datapoint five. Mobile app developer HighFive Labs (they've built 15
apps, including Mario Batali Cooks) tells me they are staying iPhone
only for a while.
Datapoint six. Just yesterday Sam Feuer, CEO of MindSmack, told me
his app, FastMall, was just put to the top of Apple's iTunes store
and is getting overwhelming demand. When I interviewed him a few
weeks ago he told me he already had 250,000 downloads just because he
was included in the featured list on the store.
I'm featuring FastMall's video on this post (watch the video of its
CEO in its New York headquarters), because he is at the top of the
iTunes Shopping recommendations and because his app will help you get
around shopping malls. I've used it a few times already to find out
where to park nearest stores I need to visit and also to know how to
find the store I need inside a mall.
Add into this lots of other anecdotes from companies like Zagat (they
say iPhones are outselling all other platforms), Sephora (its
webmaster told me that 80% of all mobile app users who come into
their stores are using iOS devices), eBay (its mobile chief told me
most of the mobile commerce done is on iOS devices), OpenTable (its
mobile chief told me most of the restaurant reservations it's seeing
done on mobile devices are being made on iOS devices), AngryBirds
(charges for app on iPhone, but giving it away on Android), and
PayPal (investing heavily in apps to "bump" money from
person-to-person). I could keep going, but there's somethings going
on here which are worth talking about.
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 20:59:19 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Latest apps let discounts find you. But will retailers see an advantage in mobile coupons?
Latest apps let discounts find you. But will retailers see an
advantage in mobile coupons?
By Scott Kirsner
November 21, 2010
While walking into the H&M clothing store in Downtown Crossing last
weekend, Yishai Knobel noticed a sign suggesting that he use his
mobile phone to "check in'' and let all his Facebook friends know
where he was shopping. In exchange for a few taps on the screen of
his iPhone, the retailer dangled a digital coupon for 20 percent off
his entire purchase.
Knobel, who works for a medical device company in New Hampshire,
stocked up on coats and shirts, spending about $300. "It was the
first time I saw Facebook offering me a deal for checking in
somewhere,'' he says. "The geek in me was really impressed, and I do
think it increased my loyalty to the store a little bit.''
In an age when few of us leave home without a mobile phone in our
possession, it seems obvious that the crinkly paper coupon would be
ready for a digital upgrade. Businesses hope that the right offer on
the screens of our smartphones might pull us over their thresholds,
and that bargain-seekers may not be able to resist offers like a
half-priced sandwich in the North End presented to them when they're
in the neighborhood.
So how do you get these new digital discounts, and who are likely to
be the winning players in this market?
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:12:56 -0800
From: Thad Floryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality
In today's (22-NOV-2010) Slashdot:
FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says that net neutrality rules 'will
happen,' promising the FCC 'will make sure that we get the rules right ...
to make sure that what we do maximizes innovation and investment across the
ecosystem.' But the same week, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps announced
that the public should not stand for deals 'that exchange Internet freedom
for bloated profits,'
mocking the tiered-data plans of the 'Verizon-Google gaggle' and accusing
them of wanting 'gated communities for the affluent.' Speaking at a New
Mexico hearing, the commissioner warned the audience against proposals that
would 'vastly diminish' the internet's importance, blasting 'special
interests and gatekeepers and toll-booth collectors who will short-circuit
what this great new technology can do for our country.' The text of his
speech is available as a PDF file at:
He concludes by acknowledging that 'you can't blame companies for seeking
to protect their own interests. But you can blame policy-makers if we let
them get away with it!'
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:30:03 -0800
From: Sam Spade <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [OT] Public Interest Registry whois date stamp error
Adam H. Kerman wrote:
> I assume this was a glitch that will be corrected now that I've brought
> it to the registrar's attention. Nevertheless, if someone was trying to
> gain unfair advantage in order to obtain a domain name with potentially
> significant commercial value, with no safeguards to check on date stamps,
> this might be an invitation to cause trouble.
A domain currently in effect with significant commercial value is almost
certainly carefully monitored by the company's IT unit. A smart
practice is to renew for multiple years when a year, or so, is still
Further, some domain names have copyright protection, which works
strongly to the favor of a large company.
I recall that TWA was slow to get a website. Some guy in Los Angeles
already had the domain. TWA's lawyers "politely" pointed out that "TWA"
had a lot of copyright protection and surely he didn't want to be on the
wrong end of a lawsuit. He gave it up rather quickly.
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:54:23 -0600
From: John Mayson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011
from: The Register
Telegraph sets blogosphere alight with leak
Apple has apparently scrapped plans to build a SIM into the next-generation
iPhone, despite never having had any such plan, at least not until it would
be legal to do so.
Read story on:
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:48:40 -0600
From: email@example.com (Robert Bonomi)
Subject: Re: History--computer based information operator terminal system
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> wrote:
>In a message dated 11/15/2010 9:02:31 PM Central Standard Time,
>> Initial "1" wasn't used because of the possibility of dialing a
>> false "1" when removing the receiver from the switchhook, and
>> initial "0" was reserved for Operator.
>Bells Labs made a study, I believe in the 1950s or so, to see how many
>false "1s" actually occurred at the start of a csll. After amassing
>several million examples of dialing, they found not a single case of
>the false "1".
The bell 500 telephone, at least (I'm not sure about earlier ones) in-
corporated design features specifically to minimize/eliminate 'phantom'
digit generation when going off-hook. Something the old-style candlestick
phones lacked. Excessive contact 'bounce', producing several make/break
contact cycles in a short interval could give rise (pun intended) to the
C.O. 'seeing' an unintended dial 'pulse'. By including _mechanical_
damping in the switch mechanism, thus providing "de-bouncing" for the
contacts, the potential for phantom digit generation was virtually eliminated.
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