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Apple's "Boca Raton" Moment - How the App Store happened

Posted June 23, 2010 | 15:20:34 (EST)

With the release of the iPhone4 it is worth noting how Apple managed to change the mobile software marketplace.

A bit of history:

In the annals of business, there are negotiations of such import that they become legend.

One example is the Boca Raton meeting between Microsoft and IBM...

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Bicycling Banned in Black Hawk, Colorado

Posted June 14, 2010 | 15:48:17 (EST)

Black Hawk's Board of Aldermen has approved an ordinance banning bicycle riding on almost every street in Black Hawk. This includes the only paved street (Gregory Street-formerly State Highway 279) connecting the Peak to Peak Highway with the Central City Parkway.

Black Hawk police are now issuing a ticket to...

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Two Years Later Kindle Finally Gets Apps

Posted January 25, 2010 | 19:39:47 (EST)

"You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley..."
- On The Waterfront, 1958

Today Amazon announced a SDK (Software Development Kit) which will allow software developers...

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Cycling or Walking to School Will Not Be Tolerated!

Posted September 30, 2009 | 18:37:07 (EST)

According to the Surgeon General, more than 12.5 million children -- 17.1% of children and adolescents 2 to 19 years of age -- are overweight in the U.S., up from 13 % in 1999.

So, one would expect schools to be encouraging students to exercise more. Perhaps to even...

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Mountain View, We Have A Problem ... Google's Android Phone Disappoints Developers.

Posted April 22, 2009 | 13:05:59 (EST)

Want to know why there are over 30,000 applications on the iPhone? Ask Ethan Nicholas. Mr. Nicholas programmed a little game called iShoot in his spare time. iShoot shot to number one on Jan 11th, with the $2.99 game reportedly earning Ethan over $800,000. Mr. Nicholas has quit his day...

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Farting Permitted, Politics Prohibited? Does Apple Have a Problem with Political Games?

Posted April 15, 2009 | 13:27:00 (EST)

Sometime this week, Apple will have achieved the impressive milestone of one billion application downloads for their iPhone/iPod touch App Store. Apple pioneered digital delivery of music with iTunes. With the App Store, they have set off the long-awaited digital delivery trend for games, entertainment, and utility applications. Google, Nokia,...

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