Apple’s iPhone Walled Garden An Opportunity For Competitors To Make The iPhone The Next Hiptop

Apple’s iPhone Walled Garden An Opportunity For Competitors To Make The iPhone The Next Hiptop

While we agree with some others that Apple’s decision to focus on a walled garden approach to iPhone apps seems short-sighted, it certainly does open up an opportunity for competitors — and those competitors seem to be realizing it. A bunch of companies are starting ad campaigns around their mobile phone offerings highlighting how open[…]

WiMax Spectrum Fight With School Districts Highlights Market Distorting Effects Of Gov’t Monopolies

WiMax Spectrum Fight With School Districts Highlights Market Distorting Effects Of Gov’t Monopolies

We’ve tried to point out how government granted monopolies can distort a market, whether it’s in the intellectual property space or within wireless spectrum. For example, take a look at what’s happening in the 2.5 gigahertz spectrum space. A bunch of 2.5 gigahertz spectrum was handed over to schools and non-profits, supposedly for use in[…]

Nokia Finds The Shortest Route To Navigation Info: Buys Navteq For $8 Billion

Nokia Finds The Shortest Route To Navigation Info: Buys Navteq For $8 Billion

Nokia made a bit of a splash this morning by announcing plans to buy digital mapping/navigation firm Navteq for $8.1 billion. Navteq is definitely the leading player in the space, followed by TeleAtlas — and the two companies basically dominate the market. Earlier this year, you may recall, navigation device maker TomTom announced plans to[…]