08 April 2013

Facebook: why build a smartphone when you can hijack the Android OS?

Looks like Zuckerberg has done Jeff Bezos one better--why bother with hardware, when you can just hijack the whole Android OS on any and every Android device--

By mounting an effective takeover of Android, Mr Zuckerberg aims to increase the amount of time mobile internet users spend on Facebook, without the risk and expense of developing his own hardware, or software from scratch. (source: Telegraph, infra)

On the earning calls for its most recent results, Zuckerberg said “We’re not going to build a phone”, but emphasised that it was easy to integrate with Android. That in itself speaks volumes – what was once a device simply to free phones from the desk is now much more: it’s a platform for multi-billion pound businesses who are still in their infancy, and the lens through which many users now see their entire world. That Facebook isn’t focusing on the device itself indicates how quickly mobiles are becoming commoditised. (source and read mor
e at Facebook prepares Android 'takeover' - Telegraph: "Facebook will today make its boldest move yet in its bid to become a major player in the smartphone market currently dominated by Apple and Google.")

Google, BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red Hat ask DoJ and FTC to help starve patent trolls: "Google, BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red Hat -- have decided to do something about it, taking the fight directly to the FTC and DoJ. In a recent blog post, Google explains that -- along with its collaborators -- it has submitted comments to the aforementioned agencies, detailing the impact that "patent trolls" have on the economy."

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EA the worst company in America? Again?
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Second beta test now in progress for Final Fantasy XIV: A Real Reborn
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Innovation when Samsung steals from Apple
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Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July
Himalayan Times
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