Tough day today; started with one of my biggest and best customers being unhappy, which caused me to spend most of the day figuring out what to do about it (both now and going forward), and had much else to do besides... ended up being a productive day, but not a good day, if that makes sense. I need a weekend!
So yesterday we were talking about Apple's decision to pull the Google Voice app from their App Store (or maybe it was AT&T's decision?); now Michael Arrington has decided to quit the iPhone, and the FCC have opened an inquiry. Huh. Looks like maybe this will have ramifications...
Would you have guessed? The collective optimization of individual driving routes by drivers using realtime traffic maps slows everyone down. Interesting. I wonder if there is a corresponding market effect? [ via Kottke ]
To nobody's surprise, Alberto Contador turns down Astana's offer to renew his contract. I was surprised to read the offer was $4M Euros per year, wow, that's pretty good money for riding a bike :)
Huh, so eBay is in a dispute with the founders of Skype over licensing their core technology, and it might shut down Skype altogether? I find that amazing. I agree with John Gruber: eBay paid $2.6 billion for Skype, but that didn’t include the licensing rights to the core technology? That seems... dumb.
More Gruber: Microsoft's Long Slow Decline. "I’m not arguing that Microsoft will collapse. They’re too big, too established for that to happen. I simply think that their results this quarter were not an aberration, but rather the first fiscal evidence of a long, slow decline that began several years ago." That seems right to me...
Photo essay: the big air show in Oshkosh. Maximally cool, including White Knight Two (at left) and be sure to check out the massive amazing Airbus A380 dwarfing a C-130 (at right).
Off to the backyard I go, bottle and Kindle in hand... see ya!