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Heres this weeks roundup of news and views from across the Moving World!
Connecting in new ways
In the US, T-Mobile have announced they are to ditch all mobile contracts, opting instead for a pay as you go monthly fee. The much more competitive, simplified pricing seems popular with the public in country where pre-paid use is rapidly rising, and is an interesting move from a carrier with only the fourth largest market share. The litmus test will be whether the big players (AT&T and Verizon) decide to follow suit. T-Mobile’s CEO announced the move with a rather sweary speech.
Meanwhile, Facebook have announced free UK VoIP calling through the iOS app, and Google are to implement a solar powered, white space broadband service to 10 schools in South Africa. The system, which transmits on unused TV channel frequencies, is a really clever way of connecting areas with poor infrastructure using existing technology (including rural England)
A $30m dollar PR stunt?
Summly, the news summarising app from the annoyingly eloquent 17 year old Nick D’Aloisio, has been bought and closed by Yahoo for a rumoured $30m. The app had an original £1m investment, and big name celebrity endorsement. The move has generated a huge amount of press for Yahoo, which has been seeing rapid changes under it’s new ex-Google CEO Marissa Meyer. Whilst $30m seems a lot of money for three employees, 1m downloads and a licensed technology, it appears Yahoo were more interested in the boost to its image by making a millionaire of a young, tech savvy teenager (a segment of their audience they continuously struggle to engage).
More links you may have missed:
Are we imprisoned by innovation, could new tech just be a trendy, cheap, quick fix?
BRICS nations plan to set up a bank to bypass the IMF.
A good explanation on the economics of closing Google Reader.
Apple’s design teams get cosier by increasing collaborations across divisions.
No more human touch on the Golden Gate Bridge, a new electronic system takes over.
BMW has a new sound, a bit reminiscent of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Manteresting, you don’t pin things you nail them.