Monthly Archives: April 2010

Search neutrality? How Google became a “neutrality” target

Mi sembra una posizione interessante sulla quale avrebbe senso fare una riflessione approfondita.

Search neutrality? How Google became a “neutrality” target: “If ISPs should be subject to ‘net neutrality,’ should companies like Google be subject to ‘search neutrality’?

When we wrote recently about the idea of ‘search neutrality,’ some readers seemed to believe that we had coined the term, but nothing could be further from the truth. ‘Search neutrality’ now fills the FCC filings of companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, all of whom see no reason why their businesses should be picked out for regulatory scrutiny while Google goes about its business unmolested.”

April 30th, 2010|Categories: Internet|Tags: , |1 Comment

Tempi bui

CHICAGO BLOG » Uno scenario esplosivo, da buona notte a tutti: “Prima un antipasto, questo bel Martin Feldstein che Dio ce lo preservi alungo, in cui aritmetica alla mano spiega come equalmente la Grecia ormai non ce la può fare, e andrà comunque al default dopo aver aspettato tanto. Ma dopo che vi siete appena appena amareggiati il palato, fatevi andare tutta la cena per traverso con queste 65 pagine di spietato realismo. Ve le raccomando davvero. L’autore è William Buiter, ex professore alla LSE, poi al Financial Times e da gennaio 2010 capoeconomista a Citi. E’ la più completa, analitica e documentata analisi comparata e complessiva della situazione di finanza pubblica mondiale che abbia letto recentemente. Se i politici italiani frequentassero consimili letture, avrebbero un dato di cui menar vanto e 65 pagine di cui spaventarsi. Il dato è quello della figura 7 a pagina 16: che ci crediate o no, per dare stabilità alla sua finanza pubblica l’Italia deve correggere il suo deficit tendenziale con misure strutturali non superiori a 4 punti di Pil tra 2010 e 2020 per giungere al 60% di debito pubblico al 2030, cioè meno della metà di quanto ormai serva alla media dei Paesi Ocse. Ma la notizia è che Stati Uniti, Regno Unito e Giappone hanno tutti bisogno di aggiustanmenti strutturali superiori al 10% di Pil, cioè – sì, avete capito bene – maggiori di quelli che servano alla Grecia per evitare il default. Buiter stima che sia la peggior situazione che si sia mai vista, dal punto di vista delle finanze pubbliche mondiali. Ritiene che la risposta di un massiccio way out inflazionistico sia improbabile, per quanto la FED sia attualmente tra le grandi banche centrali quella più dipendente dal governo e dalla politica.  E ne conclude che l’unica soluzione sia quella del panico fiscale, con massicci aumenti di imposte e minori spese che deprimeranno sicuramente per un biennio ma perfino a un un quinquennio a venire ogni prospettiva di sostenuta crescita dei Paesi avanzati. Di qui il terrore che deve venirci comunque, come italiani: perché da Paesi Ocse in brusca correzione e bassa domanda per ragioni fiscali, il nostro export avrà di che piangere e la nostra crescita si appiattirebbe ulteriormente. Serissimo il capitolo sulla Grecia, e sul nuovo patto di stabilità europeo – un Fondo monetario europeo più meccanismi di  default-a tempo dichiarati ex ante per le istituzioni finanziarie in difficoltà – di cui c’è bisogno nella crisi attuale. Altro che fine della crisi.”

April 30th, 2010|Categories: Economia||9 Comments

Vittima di iPad e Android?

Did iPad kill the Courier tablet?: “Microsoft’s Courier project was an exciting and fascinating concept. When it first appeared last year, the folding two-screen tablet was one of the most incredible things we’ve seen out of Redmond for a long time. Similar in concept to Apple’s Knowledge Navigator concept device, Courier used a combination of touch and pen-based computing to generate a lot of buzz and interest about what was going on in Microsoft’s labs.

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Gizmodo is reporting that the project was killed yesterday. There’s speculation that the intense popularity of Apple’s relatively low-cost iPad, coupled with the imminent arrival of Android-based tablets and possibly even WebOS slates from HP, could have scared the software giant away from releasing the device. “

April 30th, 2010|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How the Tablet Will Change the World

Articolo interessante e da leggere. Qui mi sembra di sentire Giorgio De Michelis quando parla di ItsMe.

How the Tablet Will Change the World | Magazine: “The fact is, the way we use computers is outmoded. The graphical user interface that’s still part of our daily existence was forged in the 1960s and ’70s, even before IBM got into the PC business. Most of the software we use today has its origins in the pre-Internet era, when storage was at a premium, machines ran thousands of times slower, and applications were sold in shrink-wrapped boxes for hundreds of dollars. With the iPad, Apple is making its play to become the center of a post-PC era. But to succeed, it will have to beat out the other familiar powerhouses that are working to define and dominate the future.”

April 28th, 2010|Categories: Technology|Tags: , |11 Comments

“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone

“Fair use” generates trillions in the US alone: “When pressing Congress to ratchet up the legal screws on infringers, copyright holders are fond of touting apocalyptic reports about how piracy is destroying their industries—and the US economy.

But strengthening the nation’s intellectual property laws isn’t just a matter of cracking down ever harder, of limiting the limitations and giving increasing power to rightsholders. Fair use and other limitations on copyright themselves generate significant economic activity—$4.7 trillion in 2007.

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), which counts Google and Microsoft among its members, today rolled out a report (PDF) on the value of fair use, one that tries to answer the question: ‘What contribution is made to our economy by industries that depend on the limitations to copyright protection when engaged in commerce?’

The method is similar to that used in several prominent piracy studies; in this case, the ‘fair use’ industries are divided into ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ companies, depending on how important fair use is to their very existence. Economic activity and payroll numbers can then be crunched from this data, offering a rebuttal to any view of fair use that sees it as a mere afterthought in copyright law, one good for protecting YouTube parodies but not much more.

The CCIA report’s numbers are staggering. The ‘fair use economy’ accounted for 23 percent of all US real economic growth between 2002 and 2007. Fair use industries (core and non-core combined) generated $4.7 trillion in 2007. And ‘about one out of every eight workers in the United States is employed in an industry that benefits from the protection afforded by fair use.’”

April 27th, 2010|Categories: Internet||0 Comments

La carica di Android

AdMob: Android Passes iPhone Web Traffic In U.S.: “As we noted earlier, mobile ad network AdMob has released its monthly mobile metrics report for March, which takes a close look at Android OS traffic. One interesting stat that was hidden in the report was that Android ad traffic overtook iPhone traffic in the U.S. for the month of March.

According to the report, Android traffic in the U.S. increased to 46 percent of operating system share compared to 39 percent for the iPhone operating system. Worldwide, the iPhone OS still took the top spot, taking 46 percent of the OS share, with Android phones seeing 25 percent of impressions. AdMob measures mobile ad impressions, which is a proxy for overall traffic.

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The Android ecosystem is steadily growing, with the App market counting 38,000 plus apps as of a few weeks ago, up 8000 apps from a month ago. This still pales in comparison to Apple’s booming App Store, but it seems pretty significant that one of the most popular mobile ad networks is reporting that Android ad traffic has surpassed that of the iPhone. Of course, Admob is still waiting for regulatory approval of its $750 million deal to be acquired by Google, so maybe it doesn’t want to call too much attention to how well Android is doing.”

April 27th, 2010|Categories: Internet|Tags: , |3 Comments