A Silicon Valley Tale of Humiliation and Revenge →
Not everything about Silicon Valley is glitter and glamor as Inc. tells a story about YouSendIt, filled with drama, betrayal, FBI investigation, and enough heartbreak to create an entire TV series, or even a movie. While YouSendit has been flying over the years, its co-founders are far from media darlings, one of which is living in a motel while awaiting a sentence for repeated cyberattacks to the...
US Government agency drops BlackBerry for iPhone →
Following the decision by NOAA to drop 3000 BlackBerry devices from its program in favor of iPhones, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has announced that it will decommission nearly 4000 BlackBerry phones currently in use by its agents and employees. BlackBerry will be “deleted from the mix”. Between the two agencies, there will be nearly 7000 BlackBerries being...
Twitter to push ads into mobile apps →
Remember the DickBar on Twitter for iPhone? This won’t be it. Twitter’s latest move to monetize now includes the delivery of advertising through promoted tweets being inserted into the timeline. It will look like a regular tweet except for a line and a mark specifically noting that it’s a promoted tweet. For some people it will be annoying to receive tweets from people they...
Forget Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean is coming →
It’s not unreasonable to see Google release a yearly major update to its mobile operating system but when you haven’t seen devices other than the Nexus phone using the latest version, you have to wonder whether it’s a good strategy to do it annually. Of course, you can’t stop innovation but this simply proves further the idea that Android is actually being held back by...
TechCrunch interviews Nokia CEO Stephen Elop →
In which he talks about going to Windows instead of Android in light of the deal between Google and Microsoft. He also spoke about the emergence of tablets and tablet phones (phablet?) and that monster 41 megapixel camera phone running Symbian (it’s coming to Windows Phone). He also said that Nokia’s product strategy will lie somewhere between Samsung and Apple. Elop is not a believer...
Yahoo! just became an enemy of Silicon Valley
Check out the backlash on Yahoo! after it threatened Facebook with lawsuit over allegations of patent infringements. Sarah Lacy ripped the Sunnyvale company a new one calling it a “patent troll” and “Wall Street’s bitch”. On TechCrunch, Josh Constine calls Yahoo! a backstabber. What’s with the animosity? First of all, nobody likes a patent enforcer, not least...
Kickstarter is dominated by arts projects →
According to the Kickstarter co-founder, film-related projects alone have raised more than $40 million through the platform — a group that includes 17 movies that were shown at at the Sundance Film Festival and about 30 that are being shown at the South by Southwest conference in March. Hmm, looks like Wujudkan is on the right track after all. Let’s hope more people are getting on board...
Being the first means you’re being a guinea pig for the next company which will...– Rajasa
Uber cab expanding to Asia by end of the year →
Speaking of leaving things to the Silicon Valley people, Uber apparently announced that it’s going for the Asian market by the end if this year. What’s Uber? It’s a premium taxi booking service that works from smartphones. You book your Uber cab from your Android phone or iPhone and the nearest one will be dispatched to you. The cabs are independently operated which means Uber...
A different idea about Dropbox →
The other day Farhad Manjoo wrote on Pando Daily about Steve Jobs’ comment on Dropbox and how he agrees with him. Not long after, Posterous co-founder Garry Tan weighs in as he disagrees with the idea and today, Dave Winer put his two cents in. As we said yesterday, Dropbox’s one advantage in this fight is the fact that it’s independent. It would be able to attach itself to any...
Yahoo to Facebook: License our patents or else →
Yahoo hasn’t done anything exciting in years, although its recent Flickr redesign and pricing changes seem to have ruffled a few feathers. Anyway, the struggling Internet dinosaur is the holder of a number of key patents relating to social networking, messaging, and other Internet-related services and it has warned Facebook that it will pursue litigation unless the Palo Alto company pays...
When should startups raise funding? →
Joel Gascoigne of Buffer lays down his thoughts on when should startups raise funding. In setting up a company, of course financial standing is important but before there’s any talk about raising funds, Joel argues that founders should focus first on creating the product and build traction. With a proven product it will be much easier to convince investors to lay down some money and join the...
Being right vs being pragmatic →
A sound discussion by Marco Arment on doing what’s right vs what’s pragmatic. Sometimes it may be important to insist on doing what is right but other times, the prevailing current can be far too strong to defend against that perhaps it is much more practical and sensible to ride it instead. Being pragmatic isn’t always the ideal choice though, for example, even though people...
Android fragmentation Is always fun to discuss →
Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich. All of these versions of Android are still in circulation, with Eclair and Froyo still having a significant number of users although most devices now have adopted Gingerbread. Is it a worry that ICS isn’t getting much love from Android vendors quick enough? How long does it take for a major Android update to become widely adopted? Is it a...
Farhad Manjoo agrees with Steve Jobs, Dropbox is a... →
By now everyone in the industry would have been familiar with the story of Steve Jobs offering to acquire Dropbox in 2009 to further Apple’s cloud strategy and how Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston turned him down for the chance to build a $40 billion company. Jobs calls Dropbox a feature, not a product, and proceeded to announce iCloud in June 2011 as a replacement to MobileMe. With 5GB free...
Discussion on validity of Indonesia's mobile... →
It’s in Indonesian mostly but essentially the 220 million figure quoted in Wikipedia can easily be questioned with regards to mobile penetration rate and number activation since many Indonesians hold more than one active number. A single person can easily have multiple numbers active on more than one mobile phone, more than one portable modem, and one or more tablets.
Indonesian Telecom, Mobile, & Broadband Report... →
It’s just the executive summary and key findings but it should be enough for the press and the public to draw conclusions and comparisons from. The full PDF report can be purchased from the company for $995+tax /via @avianto
Microsoft to add SkyDrive URL shortening in next... →
Good news for friends of people who share documents and images through SkyDrive. Microsoft is finally going to add short URL to the cloud service which will use the http://sdrv.ms domain which means you should no longer be subjected to the mind boggling monstrosity that is the SkyDrive URL. While the post mentions that the short URL is optional, we’re hoping that Microsoft comes to its...
Nokia's getting cozy with the media, and some bits...
After Guardian’s Charles Arthur gets a trip to Finland and spoke to Nokia’s design chief Marko Ahtisaari about the Lumia in January, it’s AllThingsD’s Ina Fried’s turn this time to have a look at the fallen giant’s facilities in Espoo. While we’re at it, Nokia is now the largest Windows Phone vendor with 33% share, although in terms of units, it shipped a...
Apple eats up Chomp
Yesterday TechCrunch broke the news that Apple has acquired Chomp. What is Chomp? It’s an application store directory. It lets you search and discover apps using keywords in a way that seems to work better than how each marketplace works. Sometimes when searching for apps people type categories or random keywords instead of the app’s name because they’re not easy to...
This is going to happen soon
Somebody with enough time on their hands should try to do a blog exclusively summarizing @tomiahonen’s incredibly long posts. Worth a shot. — Aulia Masna (@aulia) January 4, 2012
Jason Kincaid leaves TechCrunch
I guess this answers that question. I had a hunch this was going to happen when Arrington pointed that out. A big loss for TechCrunch. Kincaid is part of the old guard. He’s been one of the top bloggers at TC, having joined the blog in 2008, breaking news and writing strong opinions along the way. He was also the host of TC Cribs in which he travels around checking out headquarters of tech...
Digital Media in Indonesia →
A pretty comprehensive collection of data, interviews, charts, infographs, facts, and figures up to 2011 about the state of digital media in Indonesia by students of Singapore Management University. There’s also an interview with our very own Rama Mamuaya.
Pictures from IDOC 2012 →
KT plans to charge Google, Samsung, others for... →
Online media companies such as Google, Apple, and Samsung may face fees in South Korea relating to the use of KT’s infrastructure to deliver their audio and video content. The company points out the ever increasing size of data streams being delivered through its network by “free riding” services such as YouTube and Samsung’s Internet TV service. It wants to pursue Samsung...
Map of Media Concentration in Indonesia →
Elaborate mapping of media ownership in Indonesia. Seriously comprehensive.
Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law →
Seems like everybody’s on Pinterest, putting up photos of things they like that they find on across the internet. As it turns out, users don’t have permission to do that and this puts Pinterest under watch as far as the copyright law is concerned. Likening Pinterest to a photocopy machine or a VCR because of their abilities to make copies, Professor Randy Picker from University of...
Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their... →
On monetizing users
A: “You have to monetize your users”Me: “Do I look like a pimp already :p? “ — Andry Huzain (@andry) February 23, 2012
Clear app in HTML5 →
TheNextWeb reports that a student by the name of Evan You has recreated Impending’s Clear app in HTML5. It’s not a full fledged app but he successfully replicated many of the functions, animations, and interactions and made it look and feel pretty close to the original application. As clearly stated in the top level list, it’s just a demo at this stage. While it works as expected...
Is it the beginning of the end for Research in... →
The PlayBook may have finally had email but Jesse Hicks at the Verge has put together a thorough piece about the fall of Research in Motion. The company went from being a highly successful and a leading smartphone vendor to one that has had its relevance eroded, has piled on losses, is struggling to survive, and being severely upstaged by relative newcomers to the industry. It tells the story of...
Beware of Fake and Scam Apps on Application Stores →
2010: Gawd, App Store approvals take FOREVAR.2011: Wow, App Store approvals are fast now!2012: JESUS CHRIST THE SCAM APPS — Chris Rawson (@rawsoncj) February 21, 2012 TUAW’s Chris Rawson illustrates the state of the App Store from 2010. The guys at Impending paint a gloomy picture for the App Store, specifically Apple’s, although the same underlying concerns can be said about other...
Google Buys Cuil's Pending Patents →
Which among you still remember this brazen startup that tried to take on Google on its own game? Despite the efforts of two former Googlers, a former IBM employee, and the founder of Alta Vista, this difficult to pronounce search startup shut down in 2010 and at least one of them had been back at Google since. Cuil failed due to a lot of factors, some of which include massive overhype and a...
Discount code for DEMO Asia 2012
Yep, we got a discount for DailySocial reader for one of Asia’s most prestigious event DEMO Asia. Go to the registration page ( http://demoasia.flickevents.com/attendee ) and enter the promo code for “DSN32D”. Enjoy!
Are You More Into Developing for Android? →
Android is arguably the largest smartphone platform on the planet in most part due to having multiple vendors offering different flavors of it across many different models. If joining the green army is your thing, Google’s home for developers is a good place to start.
Getting Started With Windows Phone App Development
There’s a new platform in town and its name is Windows Phone. It’s a different beast from the old and discontinued Windows Mobile and it’s certainly different from the more familiar iOS and Android platforms. Windows Phone has actually been around for more than a year yet there’s still a lot of opportunities to be seized. To get you started, Microsoft has published a...
So You Want to Develop an iOS App? →
Apple has got you covered. With over half a million apps in the App Store already, what are your chances in finding the one you want? Maybe none of them does exactly what you need to do, so you set yourself up for a journey in app development with an idea in your head and some time to learn the ropes. This document from Apple lets you understand the steps needed in developing an app for the iOS...
If We Don't Build It, Someone Else Will →
Got an idea? Got 24 hours to spare? Got a programmer? Maybe you should try a hackathon. These marathon coding sessions have been springing up like mushrooms in the last few years generating thousands of ideas and even new startups. Wired’s story on hackathon highlighted the tale of Steven Martocci and Jared Hecht who founded GroupMe following TechCrunch Disrupt in 2010. The pair wanted to...
A startup isn’t “disruptive” unless it bypasses or replaces incumbents. — chris dixon (@cdixon) February 19, 2012
Should Android Users Worry About Contact List... →
Seth Rosenblatt for Cnet: When you install any app on Android, it shows you a list of permissions that the app wants to access. Android’s explicit call-out system for app permissions can be useful for people who care about such things. It’s a moderately helpful tool that reveals how close to your personal data the app wants to snuggle. The second is far less nuanced. If you...
Apple's Contacts Collection Controversy →
After about a week of name-calling and finger-pointing, Apple released a statement regarding the whole contacts list controversy. The issue blew up when software developer Arund Thampi found out that Path had been discreetly uploading contact lists from members’ devices to its servers so it could provide accurate matches of friends to add to their networks. As it turns out, plenty of other...
Path: Love is in the Air →
thepersonalnetwork: Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and all over the world, love was being shared on Path. We wanted to share some stats that made us smile. The word “love” was used in comments 26% more The words “romantic” or “romance” were used 153% more The words “marry,” “date” or “engage” were used 54% more
Apple's Financial Performance in Perspective →
The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple’s financial performance is so significant that it clouds the entire market and raises it singlehandedly far beyond the actual performance of other American corporations combined. A number of analysts have even begun to release two reports, one which includes Apple and another which excludes it just to provide a more accurate vision of the rest of the...
Apple CEO Tim Cook Spoke at Length About The...
While DailySocial isn’t about gadgets, there’s always a discussion about our favorite fruit company, especially now that Apple is arguably the largest mobile devices company in the world with the most prominent developer and application ecosystem. With Tim Cook now at the helm, the company has taken an unusual step to stream his talk at the recent Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. ...
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