Peter Kafka

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Killing It on Android: Things Owned by Google. And Facebook!

Here’s a cool bit of infoporn from Nielsen, which is trying to track which apps Android users actually use. Answer: Overwhelmingly, Android users use stuff made by Google — Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube — along with Facebook.

The data comes from meters Nielsen plugs directly onto its sample set’s smartphones, so it’s certainly worth chewing on: I’m a little surprised to see the popularity of “Advanced Task Killer Free,” a systems utility. The monitoring company defines “active reach” as the percentage of users who have used an app within the last 30 days.


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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