Like Amazon, Apple is not asserting that its users have a right independent of their being Apple customers to resell digital goods, as they would with physical goods. It’s describing a service that allows them to transfer digital goods among themselves under Apple’s supervision.
For years, Europe’s startup community has been painted as the undernourished younger cousin of Silicon Valley. In reality, Europe’s web scene is now thriving. and we’ve compiled a list featuring some of the best and brightest European web startups — what we’re dubbing the GigaOM Euro 20.
Utilities need help putting their smart grid plans together, and IBM is ready to help out — with its list of preferred partners. Big Blue has announced a new smart grid communications service for utilities, offering to hand-hold them through the process, from design to implementation and managing ongoing operations. IBM’s partners include Cisco, Itron, Juniper Networks, Landis+Gyr, Motorola, RuggedCom, Sensus and Trilliant. At the same time, Cisco — part of IBM’s partner list — says it wants to organize large sections of the smart grid under its own networking and management umbrella, and potential competitors like Siemens and General Electric could be angling for similar “master control” roles. It’s all part of a growing smart grid services market that Pike Research predicts will zoom from $470 million this year to $4.3 billion by 2015.
The recent dust-up between Twitter and its developers is like a real-time instruction manual in managing developer relations — something that any service which hopes to become a broad platform needs to think about. How much of what is core to your business do you control, and how much do you leave to outside apps? How do you manage that relationship?