Today in Mobile

The tech world is abuzz following Facebook’s expected IPO offering, and much of the talk is centering on the company’s mobile presence — or its lack thereof. Facebook itself says in its filing that mobile is a big risk because of the dependence on carriers and operating system providers, and notes that the company has 425 million mobile users that apparently generate no real revenues. The key to Facebook’s long-term position in mobile likely lies in HTML5, then, which could enable it to be accessed by a huge number of mobile users regardless of their hardware, software or network operator. Which is why Facebook has become the focal point for the effort to build web-based apps that may be able to unify a market that is currently horribly fragmented.