Peter Kafka

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Some of You Need a YouTubePhone

You can do all sorts of amazing things with mobile phones these days. But many of you, it seems, are content to use your handset as a YouTube delivery device.

Google’s video service accounts for 22 percent of all mobile bandwidth, reports Allot Communications, a telco outfit that tracks this stuff twice a year (via GigaOm).  YouTube’s global share is up from 17 percent a year ago; not surprisingly, YouTube is the dominant mobile video streaming service, with 52 percent of the market.

That jibes directionally with music video site Vevo’s reports of a boom in its mobile traffic, as well as continued growth from Facebook and Twitter, which happen to be excellent sources of YouTube links. Allot reports that Facebook has seen a 166 percent increase in mobile bandwidth so far this year, while Twitter is up 297 percent.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work