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Comment Re:Is Facebook a viable long term business model ? (Score 1) 295

I think Facebook is starting to become the de facto "people management" platform for individuals. If you like RSS it's basically turned into RSS for human beings, corporations, music artists, blogs, and so on. I think there is an incredible amount of data they have there on those groups and potentially stand to make a killing if they try to marry that with ad revenue. It beat Google for the most visited site last year somehow so it seems to be one of the stickier websites around that aren't related to search or email.

Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud 187

jfruhlinger writes "A judge has granted an injunction stopping the US Department of the Interior from moving forward with the adoption of Microsoft's cloud services. The injunction was sought by Google, which of course has its own suite of cloud offerings. Google claimed that the Interior Dept. failed to consider other options as required."

Amazon To Launch 'Amazon Appstore For Android' 222

angry tapir writes "Amazon is preparing to open an Android app store to compete with Google's Android Market, and has launched a beta portal where developers can submit applications for Android-based smartphones. The applications will be sold on the Amazon Appstore for Android, which the company expects to launch later this year. At launch, the Appstore will be available for customers in the US, and it will be compatible with Android 1.6 and higher. Users will be able to shop for applications from their PCs, which isn't possible with the existing version of Android Market, or from their smartphones, and pay with their existing Amazon account."

Comment Re:Why have that in colleges at all? (Score 2) 177

The longer I'm alive the less this makes sense to me. With all the publicity around players selling their awards (Ohio State Buckeyes) and agents getting involved with players in college (Reggie Bush) for day-to-day money think the goals of the athletes in college basketball and football are at odds with the rest of the campus.

So why don't we stop pretending that the athletes in those sports are there to get a degree in liberal arts or engineering? They should start a secondary pre-professional league where these kids can go test the waters, get good training, and provide higher-quality sports entertainment. They could be traded and not get busted for trying to make subsistence money. If they find out it's not for them then they can always choose to go back and enter college if it's right for them.

Comment Re:Sounds problematic (Score 1) 321

I was thinking about possible solutions to this like if you receive a cluster of messages temporally or geospatially then you can further investigate it. But text messages are so cheap that a bunch of people could coordinate a prank on 911 easily. After reading the article I think that this will probably be a good thing in the long run and that allowing texts (tweets?) to 911 is a valuable public service and they're going to have to make it work out somehow.

Comment Re:This is painfully obvious. (Score 1) 772

>I personally make around $35k as a young single person with no debt, and feel rich, fwiw. I can't even spend it all--- after $1k/month on rent for a nice apt near the beach, and another $1k on food/car/entertainment, my expenses are pretty much covered.

My math must be off because $1,000 for rent plus $1,000 with other expenses is at least $48,000 per year in expenses not including taxes. Unless you had money saved up before you started making $35,000 to make up the difference.

Comment Re:It could also be said (Score 1) 514

Perhaps he is also in the right place at the right time. We've seen technologies happen well ahead of their time (Apple Netwon, Divx rentals) that conceptually were good but just didn't have the cheap tech to make it affordable. Or people just didn't understand it but we wouldn't think twice about it now.

Don't get me wrong I think Steve is probably a really strong leader based on what I've read. I wonder if he could have revolutionized any other consumer tech based on his willingness to not worry about quarterly earnings and to be blunt and honest with people about his vision.

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