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The Telecom Digest for October 23, 2012
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Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:46:33 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: The New Cartographers Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The New Cartographers: OpenStreetMap's World Takeover http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/openstreetmap-part-1-new-cartographers.php The New Cartographers: Why OpenStreetMap Worries Tech Companies http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/openstreetmap-part-2-new-cartographers.php The New Cartographers: 'Mappy Hour,' Sex Clubs And Diversity http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/openstreetmap-part-3-new-cartographers.php
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:10:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: In Mobile World, Tech Giants Struggle to Get Up to Speed Message-ID: <email@example.com> In Mobile World, Tech Giants Struggle to Get Up to Speed By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and SOMINI SENGUPTA October 22, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO - Intel made its fortune on the chips that power personal computers, and Microsoft on the software that goes inside. Google's secret sauce is that it finds what you are looking for on the Internet. But the ground is shifting beneath these tech titans because of a major force: the rise of mobile devices. These and other tech companies are scrambling to reinvent their business models now that the old model - a stationary customer sitting at a stationary desk - no longer applies. These companies once disrupted traditional businesses, from selling books and music to booking hotels. Now they are being upended by the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets. "Companies are having to retool their thinking, saying, 'What is it that our customers are doing through the mobile channel that is quite distinct from what we are delivering them through our traditional Web channel?' " said Charles S. Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research, the technology research firm. He added, "It's hilarious to talk about traditional Web business like it's been going on for centuries, but it's last century." The industry giants remain highly profitable drivers of the economy. Yet the world's shift to computing on mobile devices is taking a toll, including disappointing earnings reports last week from Google, Microsoft and Intel, in large measure related to revenue from mobile devices. Investors are in suspense over Facebook's earnings to be disclosed Tuesday, for much the same reason. Demand for Intel chips inside computers - which are much more profitable than those inside smartphones - is plummeting. At Microsoft, sales of software for PCs are sharply declining as people spend money on phones and tablets instead. At Google, the price that advertisers pay when people click on ads has fallen for a year. This is partly because, while ads on mobile devices are exploding, they cost less than Internet ads because advertisers are still figuring out how to make them most effective. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/technology/in-mobile-world-tech-giants-struggle-to-get-up-to-speed.html
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:12:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: In Report, Speed Trades' Problems and Pluses Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Report, Speed Trades' Problems and Pluses By NATHANIEL POPPER October 22, 2012 The rise of controversial high-speed trading firms has generally been a good thing for ordinary investors, a two-year British government study has concluded. The study, however, found that the increasing prevalence of computerized trading may lead to isolated incidents of instability in the financial markets. The report released Monday night is the product of the most comprehensive effort to date to understand the computerized trading firms that have come to dominate the financial markets and generate anxiety among regulators and investors. The committee that oversaw the study largely rejected some of the most troubling accusations that have been made about the firms that practice high speed trading, or H.F.T., including charges that they have caused greater volatility in markets and manipulated stock prices. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/business/in-report-speed-trades-problems-and-pluses.html
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