The Digital Bling

The first time I heard anyone call widgets the “digital bling” was back in summer of 2006. Niall used it to explain widgets. Later Newsweek picked up on it and used it to explain to its main stream, non-geeky audience. And now Guy Kawasaki has started using this easy to understand description of widgets. Anyway … Continue reading The Digital Bling

Apple’s Morning-After iPhone Headache

Apple Inc. is having a bad day after a spectacular evening when it reported a blowout financial performance. Sold more iPods (21 million), and Macs, banked billions in cash and what not. However, like all of us who have had a bottle of wine (or two), they are waking up with a hangover. The outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 isn’t so rosy, and as a result the stock is down almost 4 percent, and still heading south.

I think Apple is experiencing the down side of over-hyping. By announcing iPhone at the Macworld, the company has put purchasing decisions on hold for millions who were in the market for a high-end iPod. There might be little risk to the lower-end iPod Shuffles and Nanos, but the big profit-making high-end iPods might be at risk.

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MySpace Blocking Widgets?

Update #2 at 12.35pm, Friday: A Fox Interactive spokesperson just emailed us this statement: “The toll booth rumor is categorically untrue. We have no plans, current or future, to charge people for widgets. We are working on a filter for security reasons – so there may have been a bug due to that…if so, it’s fixed now and working – no more quicktime worm or flash probs from here on out.”

Updated at 4.22 pm, Thursday:A couple of days ago Robert Young hinted that MySpace might be looking to block-and-tackle-and squeeze some of the widget makers in an effort to bolster its bottom line. Well, looks like the day has arrived sooner that we thought. A senior executive from a very prominent widget maker just emailed us and pointed out that:

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The Balkanization of BitTorrent

The recent rain of venture cash on Torrent-related start-ups and other P2P companies is a sign that the market is girding for a major showdown. Mark Cuban had once noted that the “conflicts between different clients might turn users off BitTorrent completely” and he makes a good point. Traditionally the competition amongst Torrent clients was … Continue reading The Balkanization of BitTorrent