Google kicks off the Open Handset Alliance
November 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
Filed under: cellular, Google, Gphone, HTC, Microsoft, mobile, Motorola, Samsung

Google today announced its much anticipated cell phone strategy. Instead of competing with cell phone manufacturers, Google plans to provide the software to run on handsets manufactured by some of the worlds leading cell phone manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, with additional partners anticipated in the future. There will be no Google phone or GPhone, rather, Google with license the software for free to handset manufacturers to encourage them to develop mobile computing and communications platforms that will surpass the Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones that are currently available on the market.

Consumer electronics hype junkies will be disappointed, but may change their mind when the new handsets start rolling out in the second half of next year.

Google opens doors to social networking – Boston.com
October 31, 2007, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Facebook, Google, media, Social Networking, software

Google Inc will offer Internet developers an open system to create applications across Web sites, a move that could challenge the features behind the explosive popularity of social network Facebook.

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Dave Winer On Why Google Owning Feedburner Is Bad
July 24, 2007, 8:44 am
Filed under: Dave Winer, FeedBurner, Google, Microsoft, Vermeer

Well Dave Winer’s take on Google’s potential as master of Feedburner is troubling, and probably not that far off the mark. It’s generated a lot of interest and some heated debate.

Dave draws the comparison to Microsoft’s leverage of it’s monopoly on desktop operating systems to foil Lotus 1-2-3, the then dominant spreadsheet application back in the day when ‘Office’ suites of software didn’t yet exist. He recalls the phrase “Windows isn’t done until Lotus doesn’t run.”, but this actually reminds me of another Microsoft move from that distant time.

In many ways this is the parallel in time of the discussions that were had when Microsoft bought Vermeer (now Frontpage) in 1995. There are obvious differences of course, but there are many similarities; Vermeer was the leading application to assist in publishing web pages, FeedBurner the leading service for publishing RSS feeds, near monopoly acquires both. Frontpage ended up being far from the dominant player in the space, despite tight coupling with Microsoft’s server products, and everyone forgot about the controversy after awhile.

Whether Feedburner gains monopolistic power over the feed publishing space will depend largely on the competition and how clever they can be in producing superior offerings. It will also depend on people like Dave Winer to continue to advance standards that allow feeds themselves to evolve and compete.