Android vs. iPhone

iPhone’s announcement to allow software developers outside of Apple to develop application for iPhone will hurt Google’s Android. But I think the damage is limited, simply because Android is more open, it allow any company to make phones base on it, anyone to modify the operating system and anyone to write for it. People all over the global will be able to create customized version of Android for different users, this is an advantage the Apple’s limited niche appeal do not have. Which will in turn generate a broader users base and more developers. Apple will properly continue to hold the premium niche if Steven Jobs stay around.

Miley Cyrus + sheets = child porn?

From Journal of Media Arts Culture.

From Cosmopolitans article “The Sexiest Things to Do After Sex

From the article “Do Tell: What Do You Think Is the Best Thing To Do After Sex?

From the article “Sex and muscles – How is sex affecting my muscle size and overall training?

I think you get the point.

So, the question is: Is wrapping a 15 year old girl from Disney’s show Hannah Montana with bed sheet suggestive of sex considered a form of child pornography? Even if its done tastefully(?) and without explicit nudity. The other big questions is, what were the Disney people thinking, why are they not able to protect one of their most valuable product? Their share should be talking a dive. Read about this story on New York Times.

New form of government-business relation

After reading

What power looks like:
They ride on Gulfstreams, set the global agenda, and manage the credit crunch in their spare time. They have more in common with each other than their countrymen. Meet the Superclass.

A part of the story in this article is about the American Treasury Secretary and Fed bank’s chairperson convening with the worlds 14 most powerful financial institutions (representing 95% of worlds market activity) to discuss ways to collectively avoid the potential financial crisis, and what regimes and rules need to be in place to avoid free riders. The role the state (as represented by Treasury Secretary and Fed bank) is playing is pretty much unprecedented and the tools informal (nothing in writing).

Reading this article reminds me of the govt-buss relationship of the Japanese Developmental State, and the triangular relationship between govt-buss-academia in business clusters like the one in Ireland, silicon valley and many other states sponsor hi-tech industrial parks.

Here is a bit of it

Fed brought together the leaders of the world’s 14 major financial firms, from five countries, representing 95 percent of all the activity in global markets. The Swiss were there, the Germans were there, the British were there. Interestingly, no Asians were there, not even the Japanese. Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein “jokingly called them ‘the 14 families,’ like in ‘The Godfather’,” says Geithner. “And we said to them, “You guys have got to fix this problem. Tell us how you are going to fix it and we will work out some basic regime to make sure there are no free riders to give you comfort; you know that if you move individually everybody else will move with you.”

There was nothing in writing, no rules, no formal process, and while no one asked the Fed to act, the Fed let everyone in the markets know it was acting. The beauty of the process was its absolute efficiency, seeing what a tight circle of large firms with “some global reach” could get done, fast—with an executive committee of only four running the weekly conference call until the crisis was past. “There is no formal mechanism we could have used to force this on anybody, so we had to invent it. I think the premise going forward is that you have to have a borderless, collaborative process. It does not mean it has to be universal, every jurisdiction or every institution,” said Geithner. “You just need a critical mass of the right players. It is a much more concentrated world.”

Read the rest.




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