Weekend Update: 10.10.09–The Textplosion Edition
Sometimes life’s irony smacks you in the face. Sometimes BoomTown smacks you with it instead. Early in the week, Kara logged a post that had a healthy dose of tech sector history. While Bill Gates may get a bad rap for “borrowing” from Woz and Jobs in the early days of Microsoft (MSFT), all the Apple (APPL) tablet fanboys, and fangirls, to be fair, should at least give him a tip of their hipstery hats. For Bill Gates, Kara reminded us, was the original tablet evangelist. After reminiscing about the halcyon days of Gates, Kara caught up with Adam Bosworth. The former head of Google Health just launched Keas, a health-care site that offers personalized “care plans” and a set of tools to help users keep healthy. BoomTown dug into real-time search late in the week and came up with a story about Twitter’s recent talks with both Microsoft and Google (GOOG), the latest signal that Twitter intends to remain an independent player on the Web.
Digital Daily never disappoints in the headline department and OMFG, this week was no exception. John pulled some juicy nuggets out of CTIA’s semiannual wireless survey, including the staggering figure of 4.1 billion— the number of text messages Americans exchange each day. Google Voice was among the top stories again, thanks to a group of House members who asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the service. Digital Daily rounded out he week with comments from Qualcomm (QCOM) CEO Paul Jacobs and the cacophony that is the net neutrality debate. With a dazzling turn of phrase, Jacobs supported the idea of “traffic shaping”, or giving network managers the keys to their net-neutrality handcuffs.
Three time zones away at MediaMemo, Peter didn’t seem sure whether it was a sadder week for music sales or for music in general. Music sales are still in a slump. What may be worse, however, is that the slump was only slowed by Michael Jackson and The Beatles, neither of whom seems like a pillar for viable growth. Amid music’s slump, there may be a ray of hope in videoland. MediaMemo reported that Network TV-buster YouTube seems to be learning how to play nice with the other kids, offering certain content producers a way to channel some revenue back into their own coffers. The momentary bright spot for media quickly evaporated when it came time to talk about print. Peter followed the story of Condé Nast’s multiple magazine closings. It’s always a sad day when there are fewer beautifully composed pictures of cookies in the world.
Rounding out the week, Walt released his anticipated review of Windows 7, and proclaimed it good enough to help you get rid of that lingering Vista hangover. With installation times averaging about 45 minutes and lots of neat new features, Windows 7 may just be good enough to make you feel like having a party. Mossberg’s Mailbox was peppered with several Windows 7 RSVPs. Walt issued his usual sage advice about switching to Windows 7, as well as a quickie about personal finance software. The Mossberg Solution covered a set of new point-and-shoot cameras, each with a striking party piece. Katie reviewed the Samsung Dualview TL225, which features a second screen on the front of the camera for convenient self portraits, and the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, which features an actual projector right inside the camera. Both cameras earned praise for ingenuity, with the caveat that those new features come with an extra price tag.
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