★ Ceding the Crown

★ Ceding the Crown:

Samsung has had a remarkable run over the last few years. They make more money — profit, not merely revenue — from selling mobile phones than Google makes for all of its businesses combined. But by any measurable means other than market share what they’ve achieved is the number two spot, behind Apple. You can reasonably make the argument that they’re on their way to unseating Apple, that the momentum lead belongs to Samsung. (I would disagree, but cede that it’s possible.) But no facts today suggest that it has already happened.

But that’s how news reporters increasingly are treating the state of the industry. The desire for the “Oh, how the mighty Apple has fallen” narrative is so strong that the narrative is simply being stated as fact, evidence to the contrary be damned. It’s reported as true simply because they want it to be true. They’re declaring “The King is dead; long live the King” not because the king has actually died or abdicated the throne, but because they’re bored with the king and want to write a new coronation story.

[It’s crazy? No?]

Source: Daring Fireball

CBO: ObamaCare Price Tag Shifts from $940 Billion to $1.76 Trillion

CBO: ObamaCare Price Tag Shifts from $940 Billion to $1.76 Trillion:

President Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul is projected to cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, reports the Congressional Budget Office, a hefty sum more than the $940 billion estimated when the healthcare legislation was signed into law. To put it mildly, ObamaCare’s projected net worth is far off from its original estimate — in fact, about $820 billion off.

[Is anyone surprised? Even by the number? I’m not. I’m sure it’s still wrong to the low side, and the impacts will be worse as well.]

Google: “There has been a shift in our thinking…”

Google: “There has been a shift in our thinking…”:

Above all, despite many examples to the contrary, Google appealed to manifest impartiality: its search results were algorithmically derived, untouched by human biases and thus fair. The list of grandiose promises and statements made by Google that turned out to be false and hypocritical is uncomfortably long. Unfortunately for the rest of us, regulatory capture being what it is and the rare penalties being laughable for a $275 billion company, there isn’t much of a black cloud left over Google to worry about, especially under the current U.S. administration.

[Shifting reality is ok. Making sure that everyone’s awareness remains in sync seems to be slippery slope toward evil.]

Source: counternotions

Facebook’s shark-jump advertising moves

Facebook’s shark-jump advertising moves:

I’ve been told by adtech professionals that a funny thing about their business is that Google and Facebook are terribly jealous of each other: Google is jealous of Facebook because Facebook can get especially personal with its users, while Facebook is jealous of Google because Google can advertise all over the Web. And yet both are missing real human relationships with their users, because the users are not customers. They are the products being sold to the companies’ real customers, which are advertisers.

What’s keeping Facebook from offering paid services to individuals — or Google from offering more than the few they do? Here’s one reason I got from a Google executive: it costs too much money to serve individual human customers. This isn’t verbatim, but it’s close: If our users were actually customers, we would have to support them with human beings, and we don’t want to make less than $1 million per employee (Yes, that was the number they gave.) And yet, all advertising-supported businesses could benefit a great deal by having at least some of their users become subscribers.

[What a mess…]

Source: Doc Searls Weblog

→ Google admits WebM infringes H.264 patents

→ Google admits WebM infringes H.264 patents:

As usual, “open” is just lip service. And it works. It works damn well. You wouldn’t believe the amount of nasty feedback I’m going to get for writing this from people who think Google is contributing, out of the goodness of its heart, to the grand benevolent technical cause of whatever “open” means to each of them as they happily hand over more and more of their privacy and data to the very closed vaults of the world’s biggest advertising company.

[Well said.]

Source: Marco.org

Hypercritical: The Case for a True Mac Pro Successor

Hypercritical: The Case for a True Mac Pro Successor:

Halo cars also push car makers to their limits. Engineering teams must use all their skills and all their powers to create the very best car possible. This exercise inevitably leads to the exploration of new technologies. The failed experiments are forgotten, but the winners eventually find their way into more prosaic cars from the same manufacturer.

[Apple was never in “halo” product business. The MacPro used be the machine you needed to run big screens. It was the machine you needed when you were doing stuff like ProTools with a bunch additional processing cards, or large image Photoshop with giant screens. Of course, for most of us those things can be happily accomplished with the *laptops* Apple produces. Now I think it entirely possible that Apple can create a desktop machine that is priced for meer mortals but is extensible enough for that sliver of true high end that still exists. Whether or not that will add to a halo type device is in the eye of the “car guy”.]