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Comment Re:A news? (Score 2) 188

I should say, defining an ecosystem where users don't feel like they will be left behind makes them comfortable in your ecosystem and more likely to stay in it when they make their next upgrade, and less likely to defect to a competitor.

If my Samsung handset is stuck back in 2013, I might move over to another manufacturer when I upgrade. If I know I'm always going to be safe with Samsung, I'll stay there.

Comment Re:A news? (Score 3, Interesting) 188

There's a salient point here, but it's not the one the author is trying to make.

Apple's strategy includes the fact that they make phones which will take the same updates as later phones - at least, to a point. Why aren't android phone makers doing this?

It's a great tool to keep people in your ecosystem. Every time a person goes out and shops for a new phone, they look at all makes and models. If you have a system that defines an upgrade path for users, where they know they'll never be left behind on an antiquated OS, they're MORE likely to upgrade, not less likely.

If android were more portable, or if carriers made their implementations more portable, they could achieve this. So far, it seems the android phone makers' attitudes are to do only enough to sell the phones, and then move on to selling the next phone.

Comment Re:Fuck It (Score 1) 110

I don't know why they don't just outlaw this.

According to some TFA I read recently that I can't be bothered to go find, there are only a handful of companies responsible for most robocalls. Stamping the nonsense out wouldn't cost anyone anything. They employ few people and probably generate very little economic activity anyway. It's just a way of cheaply carpet-bombing people with unwanted advertising.

Submission + - Gawker to shut down next week, in wake of $140M Hulk Hogan judgment (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Gawker is going to shut down.

A Gawker report Thursday said that Nick Denton, Gawker's founder, told staffers that Gawker.com was ending on Thursday afternoon.

Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, is buying Gawker Media for $135 million in the aftermath of a $140 million judgment against it in the Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy case.

A bankruptcy court judge has to approve the sale at a hearing Thursday.

Gawker Media's other blogs include the women-focused Jezebel, tech-oriented Gizmodo and sports site Deadspin.

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