Mobile Technology

Now that Google and Verizon have circumvented the FCC to develop their own policy, without the involvement of the public, what will this mean for net neutrality?

Following is Guardian writer Mehan Jayasuriya’s perspective:

This week’s traffic prioritisation agreement between Google and Verizon (another one of the largest providers in the US) serves as a prime example of what will happen in the absence of clear rules of the road for ISPs. Two large companies have negotiated in private and have reached an agreement on how internet traffic should be managed.

On the surface, this agreement doesn’t look too nefarious. Verizon has agreed to respect the end-to-end principle on its wired networks and Google has reiterated its commitment to net neutrality. However, the proposal specifically excludes wireless internet services. The agreement also proposes that so-called “managed services” on the wired network – essentially fast lanes carved out of the bandwidth currently used by the internet – be exempt from any rules that govern the web.

Finally, and perhaps most troubling, Google and Verizon have suggested that industry-led advisery groups write the rules for what’s left of the internet. In matters of consumer protection and nondiscrimination, the FCC’s actions would be subject to approval by the very companies that the agency is meant to oversee.

It’s clear why this proposal is attractive to Google and Verizon. With net neutrality out of the picture, Verizon would be free to extract additional fees from content providers and users in exchange for access to the fast lanes. Google is large enough that it could afford to pay these fees, thereby assuring speedy delivery of its content and a competitive advantage.


The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was about more than reaching for a new, globally accepted climate change accord.  Two weeks of talks have demonstrated how far we’ve come in terms of technology.

The last time global talks received such attention from all sectors of society was during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, in Seattle. I recall relying on television coverage for nightly updates on the talks, agreements, disagreements, protests and issues at hand.

blue - developed nations / red - developing nations (Wikipedia)

Copenhagen, aka COP15, was an entirely difference animal. From live blogging and streaming video, to second-by-second Twitter updates and the flood of easily downloadable photos – we have come a long way!

The digital divide appears to be narrowing and mobile devices are becoming a great equalizer.

Urban high school students, President of Maldives, African youth, island nation of Tuvalu, everyday concerned citizens – communities that have historically been significantly impacted by global talks without any influence – now have easily accessible tools with which to share information, mobilize and exert a voice that might otherwise go unheard.

Mozilla’s VP of Mobile, Jay Sullivan, positioned the company at the forefront of the mobile web during his keynote: “The Web platform and mobile innovation,” delivered at the ARM techcon³.

One problem with the mobile web, as Sullivan sees it, is the existence of multiple operating systems, requiring different versions of an application to run on: palm webOS, WindowsMobile, symbian, android, Maemo, LiMo Foundation and of course, iPhone.

The solution?
“Turn to the Web browser as the application development platform in order to reduce risk and development time, and maximize reach for application developers.”

The current “Engine of innovation is the web.” In the very near future, Sullivan expects the engine of innovation to be mobile phones as well.

There are currently 5 – 6 billion mobile phones. And Sullivan expects all growth between 2010 and 2020 to happen from mobile phones.

With nearly 24% of the Web browser market share and its Canvas 3 → WebGL development, Mozilla is setting out to make sure developers have what is needed.

Sullivan outlined 3 things developers are going to need to create great applications:

“The phones I’m carrying around are more powerful than my computers were 10, 15 years ago”

It’s now possible to bring “beautiful” downloadable fonts to the web real-time, without having to create it on the server side and serve it up as an image.


  • Super Responsive apps
  • Raw Execution speed
  • Leverage multi-core

Web2Expo Keynote BannerWeb 2.0’s first keynote session on Wednesday brought together Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, John Maeda, President of RISN, Stephen Elop of Microsoft and Mark Carges of eBay.

With a key theme being the web as a platform, speakers made their cases for:

  • Harnessing collective intelligence (O’Reilly)
  • The trend toward the power of less, including building a simple system and letting it evolve (O’Reilly)


  • Web2Expo Keynote: John Maeda  The complexity of simplicity (Maeda)


  • Web2Expo Keynote: Stephen Elop with O'Reilly  The need to continue to innovate and uphold productivity (Elop)


  • Web2Expo Keynote: Mark Carges, eBay  Importance of developing technology beyond the Internet (Carges) 
  • Creating technology that adapts to people’s lives (Carges) 

More from Web2Expo to come!

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From techdirt

Mobile Operators Want Anything that Might Force Them to Compete… Taken Out of Stimulus Bill

from the hey,-your-policy-goal-chocolate-is-in-my-government-handout-peanut-butter dept

As debate over the massive economic stimulus bill continues, the trade group representing US mobile operators has weighed in, with its head, former-NFL-star-turned-congressman-turned-shill Steve Largent, saying that unless open-access rules are removed from the broadband section of the bill, carriers will be “hesitant to participate”. News to Steve: the stimulus bill, and this section, aren’t necessarily intended merely to further line the pockets of incumbent mobile operators. While he thinks open-access rules “will deter providers from taking advantage of the grant program,” one would have to imagine that if incumbents sat on the sidelines, plenty of new entrants would be more than willing to open their businesses to the government support and use it to craft new mobile broadband networks that would provide some much-needed competition in the space. Furthermore, such open access requirements didn’t stop Verizon from shelling out several billion dollars for spectrum licenses last year. It seems that the CTIA loves it some stimulus — as long as it doesn’t stimulate any potential competition for its members.

Carlo Longino is an expert at the Insight Community.

Straight2Market has developed the Visual Dial iPhone app, letting you put folks on visual speed dial.  According to TechCrunch, “Visual Dial lets you add a picture of a friend to the iPhone home page (as if it were an application).”  You can check out a demo of the Germany-based company’s new app here.  Want to part of the private beta test?

Can you imagine having clients, colleagues or friends on visual speed dial?  Could it be linked to Facebook mobile?  Imagine going into Facebook, clicking on a person’s profile photo and dialing them? So hawt!!!

Like many of you, I signed up for Twitter some time ago… but I’m JUST starting to put it into use. 

As I was digging my way into the black hole of everything from Twitter and Twello, to Twitterati.alltop and WikiYou, (where did it go?) , I came across Guy Kawasaki‘s advice on picking up followers. 

Guy does a pretty good job of spelling out the top Twitter “To Do’s.”  Small businesses and those relying on mobile marketing will find his tips especially useful.  The post is a lengthy read but worth the time.  Following are the highlights of “Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick up Followers on Twitter.”

btw – You can catch me at if you would like to follow me and contribute to my twitterrificness.  So much work to do!!!

Tip 1: Follow the “smores (social media whores*).”
They are the folks with large number of followers and seem to be the opinion leaders (and perhaps even “heroes”) of Twitter. You can get a good idea of who they are by viewing Twitterati.alltop, TwitterCounter, and Egos.alltop.

Tip 2: Send @ messages to the smores. They probably won’t answer you, but that’s okay. All you want to do is appear like you have a relationship with them to enhance your credibility.

Tip 3: Create an effective avatar. Your avatar is a window into your soul, so you need to create one that doesn’t look like you shot it with a camera phone while you were drunk. In most cases, use a simple, informal straight-up photo of just your face—not you and your dog, car, kids, or surfboard.

Tip 4: Follow everyone who follows you.When I first started on Twitter, Robert Scoble told me to follow everyone who followed me.

Tip 5: Always be linking.The fact that your cat rolled over or your flight is delayed isn’t interesting, so get outside of your mundanity and link to interesting stories and pictures—you should think of yourself as a one-person StumbleUpon. The Twitter pickup artist’s mantra is ABL (“Always Be Linking”).

Tip 6: Establish yourself as a subject expert. One thing is for sure about Twitter: there are some people interested in every subject and every side of every subject. By establishing yourself as a subject expert, you will make yourself interesting to some subset of people.

Tip 7: Incorporate pictures and other media. Who can resist a tweet such as “Picture of my new puppy”? Nobody, that’s who. And your topic doesn’t have to be anything as sweet as a puppy.

Tip 8: Use the right tools. At the end of the day, you either have many followers or you don’t. A good effort doesn’t count, so you might as well use the right tools to make picking up followers as easy as possible.

Tip 9: Repeat your tweets.Try this experiment: take your most interesting tweets (as measured by how many people retweet them, perhaps) and post them again three times, eight to twelve hours apart.

Tip 10: Ask people to follow. That’s right just come right out and ask them to follow you. For example, I’m here if you want to follow me.

Want more? Check out Guy’s How to Use Twitter as a Twool post.

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