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A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Don't get too excited about speed camera data just yet >> David Higgerson
"One of the most frustrating and bizarre Freedom of Information request standoffs could be about to come to an end after the Government said more data about speed cameras must be released."
The publication date isn't until April though. Set the alarm clocks...
Apple's smart move: Buy Netflix, says analyst >> Computerworld
"Apple's TV and movie rental business is already a tenth that of Netflix's, according to estimates by an industry analyst. "But rather than duke it out with Netflix, Apple's smart move would be to pay $12 billion to acquire its partner and rival, said Brian Marshall of Gleacher & Co."
Remind us how many times Apple has done something that an analyst said it should do?
Three stories of change from the International Open Data Hackathon >> eaves.ca
And they're good ones.
Facebook Overthrows Yahoo To Become World's Third Largest Website >> Techcrunch
As measured by ComScore; over the past year it shows Yahoo's visitor numbers as flat (around 630m per month) and Facebook's growing (to 648m). Third in line behind Microsoft (869m) and Google (970m). How long before it takes over from Microsoft?
London buses flowprint >> Urbagram
Neat visualisation using TfL bus movement data to show how traffic flows in London (at least if you're a bus). Flash, but includes a link to a .mov version (57MB).
Peter Vesterbacka, Maker of Angry Birds Talks about the Birds, Apple, Android, Nokia, and Palm/HP >> Technmarketing
"Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right. And they know what they are doing and they call the shots. Android is growing, but it's also growing complexity at the same time. Device fragmentation not the issue, but rather the fragmentation of the ecosystem. So many different shops, so many different models. The carriers messing with the experience again. Open but not really open, a very Google centric ecosystem. And paid content just doesn't work on Android.
"Besides Apple and Google, it will be interesting to see how long it will take for Nokia to get their act together. MeeGo is clearly the future there, remains to be seen how big and how soon. HP-Palm webOS is a really cool OS and has been a pleasure developing for that one, but the volume is irrelevant for the time being. Everything else is more or less "interesting" right now, ie no real business to be had, at least not yet."
5 Interesting Facts About Android >> Androided Me!
Indeed, they are interesting. You might know them already, but it's good to have knowledge reinforced.
The Unbearable Inevitability of Being Android, 1995 >> counternotions
Very insightful: "Apple sells emotional experiences. The price is what users pay to be delighted by Apple's stream of innovations and to be free of the lowest common denominator burdens and the pervasive harvesting of their personal info. "Google sells eyeballs. To be more precise, the clickstream attached to those eyeballs. Thus scale, indeed dominance, is absolutely crucial to Google's model."
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