Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Amit Kapur Might Be Upto Something

Scobleizer: First look: Gravity is making interest graphs of your social content

In a blog post not long back I talked about how social is not the be all, end all.

Social Is A Pendulum Swing
The Next Big Thing In Social Networking

And in Amit Kapur I seem to have found my Planet Pluto. Amit's background is of interest here. Amit is a MySpace guy. We all know MySpace did not quite hold the water, although it was early and big on the social scene.

Amit is headed in the right direction, but I fear his Gravity might end up being the MySpace in the personal space. He might end up being a pioneer who might get taken over by a late entrant to the game. You can have a first mover advantage, or you can be the guy who made all the early mistakes that the late entrant did not bother to make because, well, they had already been made.

He sure is onto something.

In The News

Ars Technica: US to free some federal spectrum for wireless broadband use more than 2200MHz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum that NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission think could conceivably be transferred over to broadband use .... agency expects 2009 mobile data traffic to grow by a factor of five by 2011, by a factor of 20 by 2013, and by 35 by 2014..... Clearwire's fourth generation (4G) WiMAX service subscribers gobble up 7GB per month—280 times the amount of data used by a regular cell phone.

Clues suggest Stuxnet Virus was built for subtle nuclear sabotage Stuxnet was targeting the Bushehr or Natanz nuclear facilities in Iran as a means to sabotage Iran’s nascent nuclear program .... inventories a plant’s network and only springs to life if the plant has at least 33 frequency converter drives made by Fararo Paya in Teheran, Iran, or by the Finland-based Vacon. ..... its level of sophistication suggests that a well-resourced nation-state is behind the attack.

TechCrunch: Adobe CEO On Apple: “Let The Games Begin”

RIM CEO Jim Balsillie To Steve Jobs: ” You Don’t Need An App For The Web” There may be 300,000 apps for the iPhone and iPad, but the only app you really need is the browser. “You don’t need an app for the Web,” he says, and that is equally true for the mobile Web. The debate over mobile apps versus the mobile Web. Blackberry is betting on the Web, much like Google.

TechCrunch: Fred Wilson: “Facebook Is Not An Unstoppable Juggernaut”
The Future Will Be Personalized It’s about shifting from you trying to find the right information to the right information finding you .... Music followed a similar evolutionary path. Music discovery has grown from being curated by professionals (DJ’s, MTV) to being introduced socially (mixed tapes, playlists) to being organized around your personal interests (Pandora)
Ron Conway’s Crystal Ball: 12 Startups On The Cusp

CrunchGear: Boxee Box Review: A Media Device Teetering Between Awesome And Odd not the mind-blowing experience you get from the desktop app .... People love Boxee because it is one of the best options for watching any sort of video on your computer. .... without a doubt the best stand-alone media streamer on the market and will only get better.

Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years Japan, where social networking on mobile devices rapidly took over from the desktop about three years ago and now accounts for 84 percent pageviews for Mixi, Japan’s largest social network

Google Voice Blog: Google Voice for iPhone
TechCrunch: 16 Months Later, Say Hello To Google Voice For The iPhone. It Was Worth The Wait.
Scobleizer: First look: Gravity is making interest graphs of your social content

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