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decentralization and Mobile phones

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  • Julian Bond
    http://news.com.com/Microsoft+puts+mobile+developers+on+the+map/2100-1039 _3-5252045.html?part=rss&tag=5252045&subj=news.1039.10 Microsoft is linking Mappoint
    Message 1 of 74 , Jul 1, 2004
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      http://news.com.com/Microsoft+puts+mobile+developers+on+the+map/2100-1039
      _3-5252045.html?part=rss&tag=5252045&subj=news.1039.10

      Microsoft is linking Mappoint with the network provider O2 to offer
      location information about phones to app developers.

      I understand why they're doing it. But shouldn't it be the phone that
      knows where it is, as well as the server knowing where the phone is?

      This announcement really sums up what's wrong with the mobile phone
      industry. There's huge potential in opening up phones as a development
      platform. There's huge potential in services that allow phones to talk
      to each other directly. But the industry is completely obssessed with
      maintaining their stranglehold over the phone-network choke point and
      with controlling what gets onto and off the phones.

      We're starting to see some interesting mobile social networking apps in
      Dodgeball, Mobule, BEDD, Urban Tapestries and some of these are using
      the P2P Bluetooth capabilities in current phones. But all of them have a
      strong server element.

      Why is it so hard to write apps for mobile phones. And especially P2P
      apps :-(

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    • Mike Dierken
      Interesting tangent: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1625994,00.asp The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Tuesday
      Message 74 of 74 , Jul 21, 2004
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        Interesting tangent:

        http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1625994,00.asp
        "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
        announced Tuesday that it had begun adding IPv6 addresses to the DNS
        root server system, which maintains the master list of domain names."
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