This Week In Mobile


Instagram and Youtube

Instagram and Youtube Ben Evans takes a look back at Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. From a pure number of users standpoint, it’s looking like an extreme bargain. Instagram was growing fast, but it’s growth has exploded post-acquisition. On the other hand, there doesn’t seem to be any clear winner for mobile sharing – photos or […]


Windows Phone, Nokia Building Global Momentum: Report

Windows Phone, Nokia Building Global Momentum: Report Windows Phone’s market share grew modestly in nearly every global market. Despite gains Window’s Phone has barely broken the double digit mark in most markets. Compared to Android’s staggering growth worldwide and iOS’s powerful presence in US and EU markets, Windows Phone seems relegated to a niche player […]


Do ads work? The ad budgets of various companies

Do ads work? The ad budgets of various companies The dig on Apple used to be that they were a “vertically integrated marketing company” – i.e. they were more like a technological Coke, selling machines just based on slick ads alone. Now, they have one if the strongest brands out there and rivals like Samsung […]


Scale and polarisation in mobile

Scale and polarisation in mobile Ben Evans with a chart showing the huge spread between the various handset makers. As he points out, it’s curious to see just how cyclical e iPhone has become. Have we gotten to the point where even non-tech consumers know roughly when a new iPhone is coming, and they decide […]


Researchers Discover Many iOS Apps Vulnerable to HTTP Request Hijacking | SecurityWeek.Com

Researchers Discover Many iOS Apps Vulnerable to HTTP Request Hijacking | SecurityWeek.Com Important note on security and hacking through http redirects, but there doesn’t seem to be that much that is brand new or particularly of special concern to apps. It would appear it’s just that so much http is happening behind the scenes in […]


The Innovator’s Curse

The Innovator’s Curse Something if a paradox from Horace Dediu: it would appear that the market value of repeated innovation is zero due to the assumption that success can’t be repeatable. But isn’t innovation supposedly valuable? One line of reasoning he only touches on briefly in the footnotes, but that is really at the core […]


Apple Outsider » Thermonuclear War

Apple Outsider » Thermonuclear War Matt Drance on the lawsuit from Rockstar (a shell company owned by a consortium including Microsoft and Apple that won the Nortell patents bid) that attacks Google’s primary source of revenue: search based advertising. It’s a direct attack bit just on android, but in Google itself. While the gamesmanship of […]


Rudderless Microsoft « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site

Rudderless Microsoft « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site John Moltz asks why isn’t anyone alarmed that Microsoft basically has no leader? With Ballmer being a lame duck and no successor chosen, how can Microsoft execute on this bold strategy that everyone thinks they have in buying Nokia? Add to their troubles that 2014 is […]