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The Telecom Digest for November 23, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 316 : "text" Format

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Is the tech press needed anymore? (how Apple iPhone apps take off now) (Monty Solomon)
Latest apps let discounts find you. But will retailers see an advantage in mobile coupons? (Monty Solomon)
FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality(Thad Floryan)
Re: [OT] Public Interest Registry whois date stamp error(Sam Spade)
Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011(John Mayson)
Re: History--computer based information operator terminal system (Robert Bonomi)

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Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 17:41:18 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Is the tech press needed anymore? (how Apple iPhone apps take off now) Message-ID: <p06240860c90f4f99d6cd@[]> Is the tech press needed anymore? (how Apple iPhone apps take off now) Robert Scoble November 20, 2010 Datapoint one: John Gruber is noting that Android doesn't have very many of the industry's best apps. Datapoint two. Starbucks CIO says that he's forced to use HTML 5 to support Apple iOS users, because they represent the majority of folks using mobile devices in their stores. Datapoint three. SlideRocket is forced into HTML5 land (they used to be all Flash) because of pressure from iOS users. Datapoint four. Instagram got 100,000 users in less than a week (now rumors are that they've gotten more than a million users in first month). Datapoint five. Mobile app developer HighFive Labs (they've built 15 apps, including Mario Batali Cooks) tells me they are staying iPhone only for a while. Datapoint six. Just yesterday Sam Feuer, CEO of MindSmack, told me his app, FastMall, was just put to the top of Apple's iTunes store and is getting overwhelming demand. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago he told me he already had 250,000 downloads just because he was included in the featured list on the store. I'm featuring FastMall's video on this post (watch the video of its CEO in its New York headquarters), because he is at the top of the iTunes Shopping recommendations and because his app will help you get around shopping malls. I've used it a few times already to find out where to park nearest stores I need to visit and also to know how to find the store I need inside a mall. Add into this lots of other anecdotes from companies like Zagat (they say iPhones are outselling all other platforms), Sephora (its webmaster told me that 80% of all mobile app users who come into their stores are using iOS devices), eBay (its mobile chief told me most of the mobile commerce done is on iOS devices), OpenTable (its mobile chief told me most of the restaurant reservations it's seeing done on mobile devices are being made on iOS devices), AngryBirds (charges for app on iPhone, but giving it away on Android), and PayPal (investing heavily in apps to "bump" money from person-to-person). I could keep going, but there's somethings going on here which are worth talking about. ... http://scobleizer.com/2010/11/20/is-the-tech-press-needed-anymore-how-apple-iphone-apps-take-off-now/
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 20:59:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Latest apps let discounts find you. But will retailers see an advantage in mobile coupons? Message-ID: <p06240863c90f7eb88359@[]> INNOVATION ECONOMY Latest apps let discounts find you. But will retailers see an advantage in mobile coupons? By Scott Kirsner November 21, 2010 While walking into the H&M clothing store in Downtown Crossing last weekend, Yishai Knobel noticed a sign suggesting that he use his mobile phone to "check in'' and let all his Facebook friends know where he was shopping. In exchange for a few taps on the screen of his iPhone, the retailer dangled a digital coupon for 20 percent off his entire purchase. Knobel, who works for a medical device company in New Hampshire, stocked up on coats and shirts, spending about $300. "It was the first time I saw Facebook offering me a deal for checking in somewhere,'' he says. "The geek in me was really impressed, and I do think it increased my loyalty to the store a little bit.'' In an age when few of us leave home without a mobile phone in our possession, it seems obvious that the crinkly paper coupon would be ready for a digital upgrade. Businesses hope that the right offer on the screens of our smartphones might pull us over their thresholds, and that bargain-seekers may not be able to resist offers like a half-priced sandwich in the North End presented to them when they're in the neighborhood. So how do you get these new digital discounts, and who are likely to be the winning players in this market? ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2010/11/21/latest_apps_let_discounts_find_you_but_will_retailers_see_an_advantage_in_mobile_coupons/
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:12:56 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality Message-ID: <4CEA4228.5040507@thadlabs.com> In today's (22-NOV-2010) Slashdot: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/22/0347212/FCC-Commissioner-Blasts-Verizon-On-Net-Neutrality FCC Commissioner Blasts Verizon On Net Neutrality FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says that net neutrality rules 'will happen,' promising the FCC 'will make sure that we get the rules right ... http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/11/18/fcc.net.neutrality.wired/ to make sure that what we do maximizes innovation and investment across the ecosystem.' But the same week, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps announced that the public should not stand for deals 'that exchange Internet freedom for bloated profits,' http://tech.blorge.com/Structure:%20/2010/11/18/fcc-member-condemns-google-and-verizon-over-net-neutrality-plans/ mocking the tiered-data plans of the 'Verizon-Google gaggle' and accusing them of wanting 'gated communities for the affluent.' Speaking at a New Mexico hearing, the commissioner warned the audience against proposals that would 'vastly diminish' the internet's importance, blasting 'special interests and gatekeepers and toll-booth collectors who will short-circuit what this great new technology can do for our country.' The text of his speech is available as a PDF file at: http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db1117/DOC-302855A1.pdf He concludes by acknowledging that 'you can't blame companies for seeking to protect their own interests. But you can blame policy-makers if we let them get away with it!'
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 02:30:03 -0800 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: [OT] Public Interest Registry whois date stamp error Message-ID: <QNmdndkEN5-x23fRnZ2dnUVZ_qKdnZ2d@giganews.com> Adam H. Kerman wrote: > > I assume this was a glitch that will be corrected now that I've brought > it to the registrar's attention. Nevertheless, if someone was trying to > gain unfair advantage in order to obtain a domain name with potentially > significant commercial value, with no safeguards to check on date stamps, > this might be an invitation to cause trouble. > A domain currently in effect with significant commercial value is almost certainly carefully monitored by the company's IT unit. A smart practice is to renew for multiple years when a year, or so, is still remaining. Further, some domain names have copyright protection, which works strongly to the favor of a large company. I recall that TWA was slow to get a website. Some guy in Los Angeles already had the domain. TWA's lawyers "politely" pointed out that "TWA" had a lot of copyright protection and surely he didn't want to be on the wrong end of a lawsuit. He gave it up rather quickly.
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:54:23 -0600 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple scraps 'never-formed plans' for iPhone SIM in 2011 Message-ID: <AANLkTinbbUaEiqX8Mj0tEN76P0VX3iCv9B+H0+k=s9ut@mail.gmail.com> from: The Register Telegraph sets blogosphere alight with leak Apple has apparently scrapped plans to build a SIM into the next-generation iPhone, despite never having had any such plan, at least not until it would be legal to do so. Read story on: http://www.buzzbox.com/jmayson/MyBuzzBox/2010-11-22/apple:sim/?clusterId%08723&s&
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:48:40 -0600 From: bonomi@host122.r-bonomi.com (Robert Bonomi) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: History--computer based information operator terminal system Message-ID: <p-2dnTklkdBVPHTRnZ2dnUVZ_gCdnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <d294a.72c7e6a7.3a147e94@aol.com>, Wes Leatherock <wesrock@aol.com> wrote: > > >In a message dated 11/15/2010 9:02:31 PM Central Standard Time, >nmclain@annsgarden.com writes: > >> Initial "1" wasn't used because of the possibility of dialing a >> false "1" when removing the receiver from the switchhook, and >> initial "0" was reserved for Operator. > >Bells Labs made a study, I believe in the 1950s or so, to see how many >false "1s" actually occurred at the start of a csll. After amassing >several million examples of dialing, they found not a single case of >the false "1". The bell 500 telephone, at least (I'm not sure about earlier ones) in- corporated design features specifically to minimize/eliminate 'phantom' digit generation when going off-hook. Something the old-style candlestick phones lacked. Excessive contact 'bounce', producing several make/break contact cycles in a short interval could give rise (pun intended) to the C.O. 'seeing' an unintended dial 'pulse'. By including _mechanical_ damping in the switch mechanism, thus providing "de-bouncing" for the contacts, the potential for phantom digit generation was virtually eliminated.
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