Apple Inc. is developing a digital newsstand for publishers that would let them sell magazines and newspapers to consumers for use on Apple devices, said two people familiar with the matter.
The newsstand, designed particularly for the iPad, would be similar to Apple?s iBook store for electronic books, said the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations are private. The newsstand would be separate from Apple?s App Store, where people can buy some publications now, they said.
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Interesting fact I gleaned from this: there are only four teams remaining with just two uniforms, home and away: the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, and Dodgers.?
Very cool stop-motion animation technique.?
Why on earth wouldn?t Nokia be able to maintain two operating systems?
Apple does it: Mac OS and iOS. Google does it: Android and ChromeOS. Microsoft does it, 7, Vista, XP, and maybe even older versions. And Windows Phone 7, of course. And I?m sure HP has a few OS skeletons in the contractual closet.
This is at least partly in response my argument that Nokia “Nokia needs to settle on one software platform for mobile devices, very soon.” I shouldn’t have written “mobile devices”; I should have written “smartphones”.
Is Symbian fine for low-end “feature” phones? Sure. I’d say it’s sort of equivalent to the Pixo OS that Apple uses in iPods. The point is that Apple has no confusion of which of its OSes to use in which products. Is it a PC? Mac OS X. Touchscreen mobile computer? iOS. Media player handheld? Pixo. I’m saying a big part of Nokia’s problem is that they have no single answer regarding what their OS is for smartphones.
Koch goes on to argue that Nokia has made this decision, and it’s MeeGo — their problem is simply that they’re too slow to execute it.
(Also: the Android-or-Chrome OS question may well prove to be a problem for Google. Which is their OS to compete against the iPad? From what I hear, the Android team says Android, and the Chrome team says Chrome.)?
Proof that Apple really has relaxed its rules on interpreters in iOS apps: Manomio’s Commodore 64 emulator now has a BASIC mode.?
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Now, this is Skyhook’s side of the story and we’re sure Google will make a persuasive argument of its own, but let’s just back up for a moment here and point out the obvious: Google’s never, ever come out and clearly said what’s required for devices to gain access to Android Market and the branded apps like Gmail — even though we’ve been directly asking about those requirements since Android first launched.
More than anything, the site really seems to underscore that Twitter is a platform, not a site. That?s certainly been their M.O. for years now but it finally feels that way.