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shortformblog: growth Over the years, Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser grew from nothing to provide a solid secondary option to Microsoft’s once-dominant Internet Explorer. It funded itself in large part from a multi-year deal it made with Google to make their search the default, allowing Mozilla to…
December 3, 2011
parislemon: Hard to pick the most ridiculous element of these updated numbers. Is it that just 0.6% of Android users have Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) two months after it launched? Is it that of the remaining 99.4%, only 55% are upgraded to Gingerbread (2.3), which came out over a year ago? Is it that over 30% are stuck on Froyo (2.2) which is 20 months old? Is it that 8.5% (something like 10 million devices) are stuck on Eclair (2.1), which came out two years ago? Is it that only 3.3% are using Honeycomb (3.0), which means that all those highly-touted tablets last year are clearly huge flops? I can’t decide. You choose.
January 4, 2012
infoneer-pulse: How did we misread the future so badly? Mind you, this Second Life hype didn’t involve distant, sci-fi predictions about the future. (“Someday we’ll all commute to the moon using unisex RocketCrocs!”) This was just five years ago. We were just months away from the iPhone. After enduring a lifetime of mega-fads that flame out—the Apple Newton and PointCast and the Segway—why are we so quick to extrapolate a few data points into a Dramatic New Future? Well, here’s the frustrating part: Sometimes the Dramatic New Future arrives, exactly as promised. The mega-hyped Internet? Yep, worked out OK. Ditto Google and Facebook and iPods and iPhones. This predictive crapshoot is rough on business leaders—your employees are going to bug you, every time, to greenlight the corporate blog. Or the storefront in Second Life. Or the special on Foursquare. Which efforts are worth it? How can you know, for sure, in advance? » via Slate
November 13, 2011