Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Google -- At It Again, This Time in the Mobile World

Nothing seemingly can stop the Google juggernaut ...

For the second time in days, Google just announced a major "open" initiative -- this time for mobile phones -- in an attempt to conquer the mobile world much as it has already conquered the PC world. Google's new consortium of 33 companies -- including major mobile hand-set makers -- plans to introduce free software for mobile devices that will make such devices act more like ... well ... computers (with rich media, etc.). Google, of course, would then be able to monetize the mobile space via advertising in the same manner that it has done in the PC world. Is this the long-awaited Gphone initiative? Apparently so ... though Google has not yet announced any specific Google hardware device.

Read more about this important development that certainly will shake up the mobile market and cause some consternation up in the Pacific Northwest (a Microsoft executive predictably commented that Google's new initiative "is not revolutionary") and in Cupertino as well ...

It's Official -- Writers Strike!

I previously blogged about the strong possibility of a strike by the Writers Guild of America as a result, primarily, of an inability to reach agreement over writers' shares of Internet revenues. Well, it's official -- for the first time in nearly 20 years, the strike is on. And, the impact on content creation in all media may be vast indeed ...

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