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Cisco Sues Apple of iPhone Trademark

According to the Wall Street Journal, from the Associated Press

Cisco sued Apple for trademark infringement over the "iPhone" name Apple chose for its new cellphone, unveiled yesterday. Cisco obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000, and had been in talks with Apple over rights to the name.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."end quotation
-- Wall Street Journal, "Cisco Files Suit Against Apple Over iPhone Trademark"

Apple IPhone not my Perfect Handheld

Over a year-and-an-half ago, I wrote about what I would want in a perfect handheld - really the perfect converged mobile computing & communications experience. The Apple iPhone doesn't meet the qualifications that I gave there. But it would seem that the iPhone is intended to compete more with the Motorola V3i & SLVR than any PalmOS or Windows Mobile smart phone. That's a shame. Though the multi-touch UI might prove to be the next best thing.

While I did some research last night and this morning, to match what I heard at MacWorld with what facts I could find, I should wait until the device finally comes out in June 2007 on Cingular in the USA, before actually deciding. From what I know right now, however, I doubt that I'll be a customer for the iPhone.

Now if someone would come out with a device using the next generation PalmOS, Access Linux Platform [ALP] with 3G+, 802.11a/n, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR with A2DP & AVRCP, WiMax, GPS and maybe even UWB. And given ALP's compatibility layer for older PalmOS applications and it's Linux kernel, everything else I want, and chances are that you want, are already covered. Yes, 802.11a/n as n is already backward compatible to g which is backward compatible to b, so adding "a" covers it all.

Of course, the other part of this equation is to get rid of proprietary digital lock-in, by combining all the various DRM schemes into one consumer friendly idea, and have all web services and desktop applications conform to the appropriate open APIs and file formats. Ah, utopia!

I've taken my June 2005 list of perfect handheld functions and updated it.

  • Open Source OS but I would take MacOSX, if it was really the full OS
  • Lot's of third-party apps
  • Multiple input methods including [soft] QWERTY keyboard, handwriting recognition, taps and multi-touch gestures, and voice [commands and dialing]
  • wired & wireless synchronization of ALL my digital life: contacts, calendar, audio/video/photo/eBook media, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases... all files, all the time
  • wireless PAN, LAN, MAN & WAN and GPS, and keep IR too - whatever the latest protocols, such as those listed above for today, with expandability and upgradeable for tomorrow
  • convenient Voice and Data, and SMS, MMS, IM, chat, VoIP, and web & video conferencing
  • advanced graphics rendering for data visualization, games, and more
  • Storage and more storage, hard drives, solid state disks, and maybe more than one compact flash memory slots, like SD and CFII
  • Full IMAP & POP3 email compatibility with all servers that meet those protocols and with the ability to send, receive and handle all attachment & MIME types
  • Complete web, wap & location services
  • feed syndication reader
  • cookies & javascript enabled, with security management
  • Full encryption handling for SSL, VPNs, etc.

The Apple iPhone doesn't do it. The ModBook comes closer, but isn't realy want I'm looking for either. Open up the iPhone, let it really take advantage of MacOSX including application installation and inkwell, and I would might be a customer.

Update: I had to add one other thing, because I'm really confused by this. I should do what I said above and wait until the Apple iPhone is released, but... Here's what Apple says about OSX on the iPhone:

All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system — OS X — is now available on a small, handheld device that gives you access to true desktop-class applications and software, including rich HTML email, full-featured web browsing, and applications such as widgets, Safari, calendar, text messaging, Notes, and Address Book. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background. This software completely redefines what you can do with a mobile phone.end quotation
-- Apple - iPhone - High Technology - OSX

The original Palm and even the Newton gave us much of that over a decade ago and added email, the web, and javascript [widgets are javascript] with the PalmV with Omnisky modem in '99. They were revolutionary devices. If the Apple iPhone lives up to that first sentence, it would be interesting, evolutionary, and maybe verging on breakthrough: "All the power and sophistication of the world’s most advanced operating system... access to true desktop-class applications and software...".

I guess that my 4GB PalmOS Lifedrive with WiFi and Bluetooth [AudioGateway adds A2DP & AVRCP - love those third-party apps], in conjunction with my old Bluetooth GSM/EDGE phone [total cost for both $349] is still the best solution for me.

Update: Marc LaFountain has a well-written post rebutting or expounding the "concerns" that have been raised about the Apple iPhone. For the most part, I agree with him. As I say in my post "Apple Future is iTunes not Computer", I don't think that Apple intends their iPhone to be converging business and personal lives nor to converge computing and communications, but to converge entertainment and communications. In this, and in Apple's use of the multi-touch interface, I think that Apple will be very successful. One point in which I disagree with Marc is that there is no real reason not to allow third-party applications on the iPhone. Apple already has a well-established developer program. Apple could have released developer specs at MacWorld, and between now [the announcement] and June [the release] could easily have worked with the third-party developer partners to generate a list of MacOSX applications that would work on the iPhone OSX.

It will be very interesting to see what applications are finally on the iPhone when it is released in June, 2007, and how the hardware evolves over time. For my own part, I would need ways to receive, view, access, edit and transmit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, PDF formatted files, eBooks and outlines - just as I have now with my Lifedrive [4GB] paired over Bluetooth to my phone [as stated, total cost $349]. For now, WiFi might be able to make up for the lack of 3G wiki(HSDPA) data speeds. I already am a Cingular customer... Well, with all that, maybe, just maybe... Maybe not.

Online to Mass Media like Novel Series to Short Stories

It struck me that the mass media attempts to leverage the web are akin to short stories filling in the background for book series, while I was reading "Social Networking and Breaking the Fourth Wall" by Steve Portigal.

The Chart, so the story goes, is a new online social networking site that leverages the graphic device they’ve used for several seasons, in which sexual contact between different characters are charted on a large whiteboard in Alice’s homeend quotation
-- Steve Portigal in "Social Networking and Breaking the Fourth Wall" on All this Chittah Chittah

Steve also points to "‘The L Word’ Spins Off Its Chart" in the New York Times, which discusses OurChart.com, a web site tied into Showtime's "The L Word" series.

I've seen many examples of this recently. Mass Media is trying all sorts of experiments to tie into newer and converged media| communications | computing technology, from voting on reality shows using SMS, or getting show updates via SMS/MMS, character blogs and webisodes.

All of this has a slight reek of desperation to it. Whatever the motive, and whatever comes out of old line media attempting to leverage the tools allowing everyone with a computer and broadband connection to be a content creator and publisher, it is interesting.

Part of what's happening is reminiscent of something I've seen in science fiction serial novels all of my life. Short stories and fan written stories filling in the background of those fictional universes. You can find this all over Science Fiction and Fantasy. Two that come immediately to mind that have built large communities with community generated content are Anne McCaffrey's "The Dragon Riders of Pern" and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.

Compare how those authors and communities have developed and the rich tapestries of work that have been created with things like

And many, many more. These are just the few I found in some quick searches. Many, if not most, TV shows have background support from the web.

So, are these just examples of insincere marketing, or extensions into the fan base? I think that the answer to this will come from how well the show's producers and sponsors join the developing conversations and integrate third-party fan generated content. Just like SFF authors have been doing for generations.

Office 2 Spam

We've been getting splog links in our comment spam and as trackbacks for a long time. Often they're to non-existant or cancelled URIs or to some forum post or blogger/blogspot blog selling pr0n or meds or cars or ringtones or somesuch that has nothing to do with our post. Today, we got our first two Office2.0 splog links to none other than docs.google.com, both selling male potency. The blogosphere and syndosphere were up in arms when India [accidently] blacklisted blogger.com. We sympathized. I wonder how long it will be before some Bayesian spam blocker learns about docs.google.com? &#59;)

Comments to Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0

I decided to relax by reading Shel Israel's latest overview for his publishing project, "Global Neighborhoods". Such globalization is a natural outcome of the TeleInterActive Lifestyle, extending

Below is a copy of Shel's post, or at least those paragraphs for which I have a direct comment. [Shel, if you find this beyond the bounds of "fair use" let me know, and I'll remove the copy.] BTW, Shel, have you thought about doing this in a wiki, [e.g. our OSBI Wiki] with only registered users allowed to edit or join the discussion section [to prevent spambots from overrunning the thing]?

I know it's the holiday break, but when you are between time with family and friends, please take a look at tell me what you think. You have already helped me to write a better book and I have not yet gotten to the actual book yet.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 2

The marinara has "drawn up", as my grandmothers would say, and been poured over the meats to simmer in the oven and become the ragu to serve with the ravioli tonight. So, I have some time to think about this. :p

Title
Global Neighborhoods
--Lowering boundaries to almost everythingend quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 4

The concept of the title, that of neighborhoods, is indeed global in nature. Will it translate well? If so, I think it's a great title. The subtitle, however, doesn't really add anything; it wouldn't give me any extra incentive to buy the book. Perhaps something like "the new common ground for personal and business interaction" might provide more insight into the book.

Overview

Global Neighborhoods examines the impact of social media and low-cost networks to business and culture. It examines the powerful changes that phenomena such as YouTube, MySpace, Bebo, SecondLife, Skype, text and multimedia blogging are having on business, politics and culture. It looks at other society-changing factors.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 5

It seems to me that the Web2.0 focus here might give the book a limited shelf-life, and turn off some publishers and business customers. The phenomena listed, as well as the ability of businesses to outsource everything from call centers to HR overseas, are both evolutionary developments from the economic revolutions brought about by the adoption of the Internet Protocols for communication. Don't get lost in the hype. What we're seeing now is the result of post-bubble settling and growth; of some extremely creative people taking IP communication to the next level.

Central to the book is the argument that the inernet is dramatically lowering the barriers to where people hang out. Geography is becoming much less relevant as people everywhere use the internet to find others who share common interests. We no longer live in just one neighborhood, but in many, based on our mix of interests, whether they be religion, sex, hummingbirds or macramé.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 6

This is true to an extent, and no doubt truer for the younger and more affluent across the world. But there are still many small and medium sized businesses that aren't taking advantage of the these new means of communication and commerce. The fraction of the six-and-a-half billion people in the world who use the Internet on a daily basis is growing, but still small. This is what makes the opportunities so great.

There are pros and cons to this central premise as well. One tenet of the TeleInterActive Lifestyle, is that the ability to work and play anywhere, anytime, not just where you live, has the potential to allow you to become more involved in your "real life" community; more than the typical commuter who treats the home neighborhood as a "bedroom community". However, there is also the potential for a person to become even more isolated from those physically nearby. One might overcome parochialism by joining global neighborhoods. One might ignore local issues to a long term detriment, too.

I've only met you a few times, Shel, but I would guess that you're planning to look at all sides of this. Say so up front. You might also want to say here whether you plan to show these sides as positive and negative, or dispassionately.

From the business perspective, this turns the marketplace upside down. The power is moving from large incumbent organizations into communities where the people who are the most generous have the greatest influence. Companies can try to start their own communities, but unless they open it to competitors, they have little more than factory towns. Likewise, in the global neighborhoods, people making decision based on the advice on trusted friends. Big budget ad and branding campaigns are rendered impotent in these new neighborhoods.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 7

Will you be citing statistics, such as market share lost by companies refusing to join the global conversation? Will you be sharing anecdotes of companies gaining global presence? How about small or family businesses being swamped by global corporations [Starbuck's and other foodie chains vs. the local café and family market]?

I bought a water-saving toilet based on the forums of a plumber in Washington; not global for me, but not someone I would have "met" without the Internet. I also used Consumers' Reports and other sources, but Terry Love's forum is what sold me with "real world" evidence.

I've always thought that advertising was overrated by companies. TiVo like DVRs haven't given us the ability to ignore ads - we've always done that. This technology has given us the ability to control when we pause the show to talk about it [in a chat room or IM or SMS or forum or blog or physically with those around us], or get a sandwich, or visit the head.

Much of Web2.0 is being built on Google's adsense, even though many people have learned to ignore sponsored links of any type. But these two "facts" are contradictory. If large campaigns are indeed rendered impotent, will you be discussing how business can leverage the conversation?

To understand where the marketplace is headed, Global Neighborhoods takes a long, in-depth look at the habits of today’s teens and young adults. It tours some of the Internet places where young people hang out. This is a genration who does not watch television,listen to the radio or read newspapers, yet seem to be amazingly well-informed. Young people are voting in larger numbers than in recent memory and that may explain why a flood of elected officials and political aspirants are leaping into the social media, particularly blogging. They are simply following the voters as they have historically done.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 8

Primarily, a business book, Global Neighborhood focuses at the intersection of technology and culture, showing how people with similar interests all over the world, speaking different languages can find what they share in common and it offers hope for people bypassing their own governments to make peace with each other.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 9

I understand that the youngsters of today are the markets of tomorrow, but paragraph 8, 10 and 11 seem disjointed from 9, almost as though they belong to two different books.

Alongside interviews with executives from numerous companies large and small, Global Neighborhoods examines a private community of Palestinian and Israel teenagers who discover how very much alike they are. It reports on Saudi kids using cell phone messaging to flirt while a stern chaperon looks on in blissful ignorance. It talks with a Scottish teenager who created a Japanese-language parody of the US TV Dating Game and ended up making friends with Japanese kids. It looks at the opportunities in virtual reality, not just for product placements, and virtual news conference, but in its success in engaging autistic students and potential for making history literally come to life.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 10

The book will look at some of the threats and dangers found for young people in social media, but it will dwell more on the hope for an emerging global society that is able to bypass marketing messages to learn the truth about products and services and perhaps--just perhaps, bypass governments to make peace with each other.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 11

By reading Global Neighborhoods, readers will understand how they need to recalibrate their existing businesses over the short-term future, why they have never had a better opportunity to start a successful global business from the comfort of their own homes. They will have a much clearer sense of the neighborhoods in which their children dwell and how those neighborhoods may contain some dangers, they overall pose greater hope and opportunity than perhaps any generation that has preceded it.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 12

Target Audience

This book fits into three market categories: Business, General Interest and Current Affairs very much like recent best-sellers such as The World is Flat, The Wisdom of Crowds, Freakonomics and Blink.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 13

Anyone in an established business trying to recalibrate strategy to survive fundamental marketplace changes will be interested in this book as well as business investors and entrepreneurs. Likewise parents, curious to see what their child’s world is likely to be like, will find this book valuable. Readers concerned with the impact of technology on world cultures will find this book useful and finally, people hoping the world might improve on any level if people can bypass large organizations and deal directly with each other will also find this book useful.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 14

Paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 talk about a target audience that is itself global: investors, entrepreneurs, executives, parents, teachers, revolutionaries, and anyone interested in current affairs and world cultural.

Will the book be primarily looking towards the future, or explaining what's happening now? Is this primarily a business book, or is your passion leading you elsewhere, Shel?

Will the impact of Nick Negroponte's One Laptop per Child, a.k.a the XO, or Intel's Classmate PC, and other philanthropic efforts to bridge the digital divide, accelerate the growth of global communities? Are not just markets, but the the global superpowers about to be turned upside down; will India and China replace the U.S.A and EU? Will peace on earth and goodwill to all truly come about from these global neighborhoods, or a Matrix like isolation from the physical world?

The overview, as it now stands, looks like a prelude to a very interesting book to come. I think though, that as a sales tool for a publisher, some narrowing of topics and target may be needed.

I went through this exercise today to see if I still had things to say on the TeleInterActive Lifestyle. I haven't been blogging much here. But I see that I still have some strong feelings about this aspect of our social evolution. I hope that I didn't come across as too critical. I think that Shel's "Global Neighborhoods" will be a great effort, resulting in as fine a read as "Naked Conversations".

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