Symbian: A Lesson on the Wrong Way to Use Open Source

Nokia hoped to revive Symbian’s importance by reinvigorating its developer base in light of a rush of Linux-based operating platforms like Android and LiMo. It hoped in vain and a lack of source code is the foundation for many its problems.

The iPhone’s Challenge to Open Source

Freedom-loving developers have long used open-source licenses as a tactic to maintain the open availability of their source code. With the rise of closed hardware/software platforms like Appleā€™s iPhone, however, that tactic is being challenged. And that may not be a bad thing.

Apple and Oracle Must Let Developers Have Their Say

While Apple and Oracle have enjoyed tremendous success with their integrated suite approaches to business, the open ‘read/write’ model that open source encourages provides a better platform for third-party developers and promises to be the basis of successful startups, not to mention national economies.

You’re a Media Company Now, Twitter — Good Luck

With its redesign, Twitter seems to be reluctantly embracing its status as a media company. Why the reluctance? Because as newspapers and other media businesses have clearly shown, online media is hard to monetize, and Twitter is already under pressure to turn on the cash-flow taps.

Ebyline Wants to Create an iTunes for Journalism

Plenty of startups want to revolutionize how journalism is done, but Ebyline says it just wants to drag the process of producing and syndicating news content into the 21st century and make it more efficient, by creating an open marketplace: a kind of iTunes for journalism.

Should Android be Startups’ First Choice?

As Android veers toward domination of the mobile market, Apple’s iOS lead may soon take a hit. Google still needs to iron out some wrinkles like hardware fragmentation, but Android’s open approach and growing market share mean it should be a startup’s first choice mobile platform.

Should Skype Be Cisco’s Gateway Drug?

With 560 million registered users (124 million of which are active), but only 8.1 million paying customers, Skype could use some help. Cisco makes a great deal of sense as a buyer, because it can monetize Skype’s user base in a way that Skype never could.

Apple Doesn’t Target Markets. It Targets People

It’s fascinating to watch enterprise adoption of Apple technology given its apparent disdain for this market. According to The Wall Street Journal, businesses are tripping over themselves to justify iPad purchases, just a few years after they resisted the rise of Mac and rejected the iPhone.