Google’s acquisition of Makani Power (a firm that uses kites to generate power from the wind) could potentially usher in another alternative power resource / market niche due to their deep-pockets and continued focus on pushing the envelop in domains that were once exclusively the realm of quasi-public industries (Energy / Fiber Optics, etc.)
(Source) BBC: http://goo.gl/KgqKM
As Yahoo! continues to try to turn their fortunes around offering 1 TB of free-data storage via Flickr is not a bad approach (nor, is having a Developer build an application that’ll allow any given end-user to store more than photos therein). How long the company allows for this will in all probability be largely dependent upon how many people discover / use Flickr’s service?
(Source) Information Week: http://goo.gl/k31rk
Depending upon the success of Samsung’s App Development Contest (awarding $800,000 for successfully developing an application based upon their new SDK) this could herald in a new area of economic-incentive-based competition or turn out to be a bust…
(Source) PC World: http://goo.gl/IefQN
Count the Financial Times as another major organization that has been hacked.
(Source) Digital Trends: http://goo.gl/cyq4w
While Google’s perspectives on backstabbing, etc. in Silicon Valley are indeed accurate… it is naive (at best) to think that as long as economic-determinism is involved that it’ll change (in this and/or any other industry).
(Source) CNET: http://goo.gl/E71Ib
Speculation is that Google Glass (and other wearable computing devices) could spawn a $6 Billion App Market; of which, one cannot help but wonder how much of $X Billion will directly contribute to the economy vs. being based upon speculative investment (i.e., Venture Capital and Founder’s Windfalls, etc.)
(Source) BGR: http://goo.gl/Bl7FI
Whether or not Apple will heed the caution within the enclosed article is yet to be seen… Nevertheless, at a minimum, it makes for some good rumor and/or innuendo.
(Source) The Mac Observer: http://goo.gl/vEyQ4