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September 05, 2015

Hello from Tokyo!  I am excited to keynote for TechinAsia Tokyo conference this coming Tuesday on the topic of Startup Metrics for Mobile Pirates. Check it out!

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Google Nears Re-entry to Mainland China

Amir Efrati - The Information

Google hopes to get Chinese government approval to distribute a special China version of its Google Play mobile app store for Android smartphones in the country and promises authorities that it will follow local laws and block apps that the government deems objectionable.

Why WhatsApp bombed in the US, while Snapchat and Kik blew up


 Snapchat and Kik both offer privacy, or at least appeal to a teenager’s concept of privacy.

Mobility Index Report Q2 2015

Good Technology

Over the last year, the iPad dominated tablets, comprising 80%-90% of activations every quarter. In Q2, the tablet market dramatically shifted. The erosion in iPad dominance points to a change in the tablet market as the long-predicted role of tablets as laptop replacements finally becomes a reality. iOS fell from 81% of activations to 64%. Android grew from 15% to 25% while Windows surged from 4% to 11%. 

Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads

@fredericl - Techcrunch

Starting November 1, sites that show app install ads that hide “a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page” will be penalized by losing their “mobile-friendly” status. This means they will likely rank lower on Google’s mobile search results pages.

Why Mobile Will Win First in VR

Chris Fralic - Linkedin

Google Cardboard launched in June 2014, and within one year, over 1 million units were shipped at an average cost of just $20 per unit. That makes Cardboard today’s leading VR platform in terms of reach. 

Mobile to enhance the lives and livelihoods of world’s poorest farmers

Casey Newton - Vodafone

While smartphone penetration is currently low in rural areas in emerging market economies, average device prices continue to fall year-on-year. Advanced and affordable mobile services could lead to an increase in average annual farming incomes of US$675 for more than four million farmers in 2020.

BlackBerry to Buy Good Technology, Getting Deeper Into Security


Good was an early competitor to BlackBerry in the market for software used by corporations and governments to manage and increase security on employee smartphones. 

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