Congratulations to Abhinav Bindra for winning India’s first gold medal ..

Congratulations to Abhinav Bindra for winning India’s first gold medal ..

Chetan Sharma blogs about Mobile Web Megatrends ..

Many thanks Chetan :) Chetan Sharma blogs about Mobile Web Megatrends

Martin Sauter’s blog: Mobile Web Megatrends ..

Martin Sauter blogs about Mobile Web Megatrends ..

I first heard about Martin from his excellent book Communication Systems for the Mobile Information Society (Hardcover) and then met him at our conference in Oxford.

So, its great to have an endorsement from his blog for Mobile Web Megatrends

Mobile Widget Camp event in Austin

C. Enrique Ortiz and Daniel Appelquist are organizing the Mobile Widget camp event in Austin. Knowing these guys for a long time, I know this will be a great event. If you are in Austin,then well worth a visit

Nokia, Opera, ESPN, Admob, Oracle + leading industry bloggers to speak at Mobile Web Megatrends ..

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I have blogged about the Mobile Web Megatrends conference before .. and a lot has happened since then.

Here’s where we are at! Please sign up ASAP if you are interested.

The event is on Sep 8 2008 at the pacific film archive theatre at the University of California Berkeley for only $195. Link is Mobile Web Megatrends

Speakers include companies who are doing some cutting edge work in the Mobile Web space including Nokia, Opera Mobile 9.5 , ESPN mobile , Oracle atomdb , Admob

StartupsMoblast, , skyfire, cellfire, mynumo

Thought leaders and bloggers Ajit Jaokar, Michael Mace , Barbara Ballard , Mike Rowehl

Operator strategies – OMTP Bondi , Gemalto SCWS

Emerging markets – Brazil – Mobile trends and digital inclusion

Co-Created and Chaired by Ajit Jaokar, the simple idea behind Mobile Web Megatrends is to create a small, niche event focused on developments that are key to the Mobile Web, currently (2008/2009)

This means that the conference will be focused and granular and have much more interaction from attendees and speakers than is usually found at such events.

Topics to be covered include:

Browser evolution(Opera mobile 9.5, Nokia S40 6th edition, flashlight)

location based services including CellID databases

iPhone including iStore and iPhone applications

Android

Mobile web advertising,

Emerging markets(Brazil and Digital inclusion)

Network API’s (OMTP Bondi)

Widgets

Offline browsing

And much more.

The discussion will focus on the strategy, implementation, competitive advantages and the pitfalls of these trends with a unique opportunity to get unbiased opinions. You will clarify your thinking from the experience of others and keep the conversation going through an ongoing attendees only discussion forum.

For more information and registration, please visit Mobile Web Megatrends conference

Comcast ruling on net neutrality ..

Interesting article from TelecomTv. as below. I have highlighted sections I find very interesting

Here in the UK, Virign is the biggest culprit on net neutrality

(which makes a contrast from Richard Branson’s talk about fair pricing in the airline industry!) with Virgin advertisements which are misleading about broadband speed

I was also concerned about their new Fibre optic broadband advertisers .. but plenty of others have also complained against the Virgin fibre optic advertisements .. and Virgin have been censured again!

Source

TelecomTv

Comcast ruling begins to clarify neutrality argument – a little

07/08/2008 13:55:00 – by Ian Scales

The FCC (in a close, 3 to 2 decision) delivered a sharp rebuke to US cable giant Comcast last week for throttling its users’ traffic and thereby violating Internet principles regarding neutrality.

The ruling should influence thinking in Europe and the rest of the world around the boundaries between traffic management and user punishment – a live concern in Europe with theTelecom Package appearing to clear the way for national governments to allow traffic throttling to be used as a sanction against illegal file sharing.

The FCC judgement followed a long list of complaints from users claiming Comcast was interfering with their peer-to-peer traffic flows, especially BitTorrents and that they, er, shouldn’t do it. Could they stop? The FCC considered the matter and came up with a judgement.

The verbals are worth a quote or two. “We find that it was unreasonable for Comcast to discriminate against particular Internet applications, including BitTorrent,” said FCC chairman Kevin Martin. “While Comcast claimed its intent was to manage congestion, the evidence told a different story,” said Kev (we like him), who went on to unpack a new version of the post office analogy we’re quite fond of on the ‘Throttle the Package” campaign. He said it was like “the post office opening your mail, deciding they didn’t want to bother delivering it, and hiding that fact by sending it back to you stamped ‘address unknown – return to sender.’”

Comcast was given 30 days to disclose the details of its “discriminatory network practises” to the Commission and to submit a compliance plan describing how it plans to stop the practises by year-end.

The decision came as a surprise to many in the US (and us) who had expected something more muted, or even a decision which went the other way and exoneratedComcast. To that end there will be noisy appeals after which many expect a second decision to modify or overturn the first.

But even if the fat lady is still in her dressing room doing vocal exercises, we think the decision as articulated by Kev has crystallised some important principles.

First, it teases apart the technical and the commercial and makes it clear that players need to be sure they can show they’re doing the former and not the latter – this is good. Secondly it highlights the importance of being clear about what you’re doing and then telling people.

For too long ISPs have been able to shelter in technical vagueness over a range of matters, such as how fast connections are, and how and under what circumstances traffic will be ‘engineered’. The ruling makes it clear that ISPs can’t hide behind a “we don’t need to trouble the customers too much with the detail, just trust us,” defence. This is becoming increasingly unacceptable.

What the judgement has made clearer, both for the US and the rest of the world, is the distinction between pure traffic engineering and using it to punish or dissuade users from some behaviour you don’t approve of.

Perhaps most importantly, it highlights ‘motivation’ and consequent ‘behaviour’ as a subject for examination. Those – unfortunately very often in our own industry – who rail against the judgement on the basis that it’s a bureaucratic intervention by people who aren’t technical enough to understand the principles of network management, miss the point. This is not about ‘regulating the Internet’ as is often claimed. That would clearly be a non-starter and, as one of the main motivations of those of us who want to keep the thing open and neutral is to protect the freedom to innovate, would be totally self-defeating.

But there is clearly a role for regulators to protect the essential principles of the Internet by sanctioning corporate ‘behaviour’ which undermines them. Martin’s judgement is the result of considering the ‘way’ Comcast went about doing what it did.

What, the Commission asked, was Comcast setting out to do by throttling traffic? Was this about traffic management? Or was it just as much about protecting its own services by stopping file sharing behaviour it felt undermined them? If it was to reduce traffic congestion, then why did it pick on a specific application, why didn’t it throttle back all heavy traffic flows… and so on.

This is ethical oversight, not detailed regulation, and it’s no different from the sort of approach applied to things like abuse of ‘insider information’ in the financial markets. We should expect similar developments in our field.

At least the US system in this case delivered a reasonably transparent down-to-earth decision-making process through the FCC, whereas the European Union’s hugely detailed and ultimately opaque steps and stages (as with the telecoms package) often create a process capable of confusing any electorate (in 12 languages) as the legislative process grinds along.

It’s too often like one of those process flow charts which codifies what is actually a simple interaction into a birds nest of arrows and shapes: faultlessly logical, but ultimately self-defeating.

Visibility mobile – mobile seach engines startup

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visibility mobile is a new ambitious start up eager make mobile sites more discoverable. Using special algorithms the company will ensure that brands secure a lead at the top of mobile search engines.

The new venuture, which will launch in September is a joint venture betweeen Bena Roberts of gomonews fame

and technology powerhouse the TSSG. The concept and idea was born by the founder Bena Roberts but development and expertise to deliver the technology will be managed by the TSSG. There are currently six full time employees working on visibility mobile; but with over 140 developers at the TSSG; the top resources are being driven into the venture. Exact details of investment have not been disclosed, but it is in the six figure mark.

Having known both Bena and the TSSG for a while now, this should be an interesting venture to watch

E28 – Off the shelf hardware running Android ..

Considering my previous post re impact of Open source and Android on handset vendors, this is very interesting and I expect that we will see more vendors from Taiwan and China adopt this trend.

It also points to my belief that many more manufacturers may enter the marketplace with Android(and with some more off the shelf components triggered by Open source)

(see video from second link)

Overview of Android port(zdnet)

Video of Android port (phonemag)

company is e28

Benefits of Open source and Open platforms for new Device manufacturers

I believe that platforms like Android and the also the general trend towards Open source software will lead to more players becoming device manufacturers.

In other words, with developments like Android we will see more companies becoming devices manufacturers – just like at a certain point in it’s evolution it was easy for more people to become PC makers.

So, to validate this I want to interview about 10 – 20 device makers in Taiwan/China

These need not be ‘big’ in fact – smaller the better! For example – Garage type operations who can make phones to sell to the African market

If you can recommend anyone or let me know how I can go about finding these – that would be great

We can ofcourse reference them on the site/research etc thereby getting them exposure

One Web day

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I met Susan Crawford when I spoke at Supernova 2008 and was impressed by her talk and passion for the idea of the One Web day. So, I have decided to support the idea of One Web day through our blog. If you are also interested in doing the same, please contact Susan as per her blog

OneWebDay is an annual global celebration of the collaborative, participatory nature of the web, scheduled for Sept. 22 each year. Sept. 22, 2008 is the third annual OneWebDay.

OneWebDay is an Earth Day for the internet. The idea behind OneWebDay is to focus attention on a key internet value (this year, online participation in democracy), focus attention on local internet concerns (connectivity, censorship, individual skills), and create a global constituency that cares about protecting and defending the internet.

OneWebDay physical events: In 2006, there were events in NYC (Craig Newmark, Scott Heiferman, Drew Schutte, Gale Brewer, at a wireless hotspot), Austin, Boston, Chicago, Urbana/Champaign, San Francisco, Charleston, Vienna (Austria), Naples (Italy), Sofia (Bulgaria), Belgrade (Serbia), Budapest (Hungary), Milan (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and London (England). There was a large gathering in Second Life. In Canada, CIRA (the .ca registry) committed significant financial support to promote the OneWebDay celebration in cities across the country. In 2007, Jimmy Wales spoke in Washington Square NYC and there were also events in Poland; Colombia; Bulgaria; Ecuador; Belgium; Israel; Benin; Mauritius; Chennai, India; Cambridge, MA, USA; Chicago, IL, USA; Austin, TX, USA; St. Louis, MO, USA; Ethiopia; UAE; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; and Naples, Italy.

There has been strong press coverage in Newsweek, BBC online, OhmyNews, RedHerring, CNET, The Register, and many many blog posts from around the world.

Quotes: Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, said: “OneWebDay reminds us that the net really is a democratizing medium, that everyone gets a chance to participate. If you want, you can stick your neck out and speak truth to power.” Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, added: ““OneWebDay is about ‘one web’ . . . Let’s celebrate, and let’s constantly work to make more, better, cleaner, stronger, deeper interoperability across the planet.”

2008 plans: For 2008, we plan to expand the list of cities substantially and make sure each city can see what the others are doing. There will be a large, successful event in Washington Square in New York City at noon on that day. One hundred “OneWebDay Ambassadors” will let their networks know about OneWebDay during the 100 days leading up to OneWebDay, and 100 OneWebDay stories will be selected.

Organization: OneWebDay, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. It has a Board made up of online luminaries (Doc Searls, David Weinberger, David Isenberg, Mary Hodder), business people (Kaarli Tasso, Allison Fine, David Johnson, Rick Whitt), a NYC PR person (Renee Edelman, Edelman), a key researcher (Gregg Vesonder, AT&T), and a former state AG (Jim Tierney, Maine). Its president is Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who is currently a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. She is committed to working on this holiday for the next 10 years.

There is a web site (http://onewebday.org) which is a clearinghouse for OneWebDay online projects and news. Flickr pictures and posts tagged OneWebDay can be seen on the site, which has a blog and a wiki aimed at encouraging participation.

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