Thursday, February 3, 2011

Late afternoon briefs: FT chief exec says iPad is driving 20% of new online subscriptions; Vodafone admits doing Mubarak's bidding; a blogger's guide to Egyptian events

We're still recovering here from one of the largest snow storms ever to hit the Chicago area. Between posts I've been trying to dig out. Finally, finally, it looks like I'm done shoveling . . . when a plow comes by and creates a new wall of snow between the street and my car.

Reuters: The Financial Times' Chief Executive John Ridding said today at an investor conference in NYC that Apple's iPad accounts for 20 percent of new online subscriptions for the financial newspaper. Reuters is reporting that Ridding said that the Financial Times iPad Edition has been downloaded 600,000 times since its launch. It was updated on January 25th to fix a series of bugs.

The Guardian: Charles Arthur writes about London-based Vodafone. The company has admitted that it sent out pro-Mubarak text messages to its mobile service customers in Egypt.

This will be seized on by people who already want to dislike Vodafone (hello, UK Uncut) as further evidence of corporate evil. Certainly, it's the sort of thing that will have executives in technology companies heaving a sigh and being grateful it wasn't them.
Sarthanapalos: A Guide: How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt
David Sirota tweeted about this post that strives to inform Americans about the situation in Egypt, calling it the "single best read on Egypt I've seen."
“The Twitter Revolution”. No, this is the Revolution of the Egyptian people. Egyptians resisted for decades. They were tortured, jailed and repressed by the Mubarak and Sadat regimes. Twitter and Facebook are tools. They did not stand in front of the water canons, or go to jail for all these years to get the credit. There were demonstrations all summer long and for a several years through out Egypt but they are rarely covered, because we are worried about what Sarah Palin said, or some moronic Imam saying something stupid. Does it sound a bit arrogant to take credit for a people’s struggle?
Mac App Store: I just don't keep track of the Mac App Store the same way I do the iPhone and iPad app stores. For one thing, Macs still represent a minority of computers out there, though Mac's market share is approaching ten percent. For another, nothing much is going on in the area of media.

The news category today has exactly nine apps in it. Nine apps after about a month. While the games category is broken down into 17 subcategories, the news category could be just as well eliminated by being made a subcategory of Lifestyle or Reference. I suppose this could have been expected, but I'm still surprised that more developers have not at least tried out the Mac App Store.

On the other hand, how many apps have I downloaded? Two maybe.