How Evil Is Your Smartphone, 8 Startups On When To Pivot, and How To Watch The Presidential Debates Online. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.
After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.
Okay, maybe there are no ethical smartphones. But some must be better than others, right? How Evil Is Your Smartphone?
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There comes in a time the life of many startups when it becomes clear that everything is not going according to plan. But how do entrepreneurs tell if they need to keep going all in on the original plan, or pivot to something new? When Is It Time To Pivot? 8 Startups On How They Knew They Had To Change.
As Mitt Romney and Barack Obama prepare for their third and final debate on Monday night, your options for tuning in are greater than ever before, How To Watch The U.S. Presidential Debates Online.
The problem is Microsoft’s “long tease” – the slow, steady drip of information leading up to the launch of Windows 8, Don’t Make The Mistake Of Preordering A Windows Surface RT Tablet.
Meet SocialEngine, white-label software that helps businesses build their own branded, interest-driven social networks, control their message and turn participants into potential customers. The service has been around for a few years with some success, but the product has now been relaunched as SocialEngine Cloud, retooled for bigger clients, Why Brands Should Build Their Own Social Communities.
Reports say that the engineering talent from Color is going to be acquired by Apple and the app will be shut down. No one but its investors and employees not going to Apple will shed a single tear, Color’s Epic Collapse: Why Everybody Is Loving It.
There’s only one thing worse than missing your numbers – and that is missing your numbers and not even being able to report that news correctly, What The Hell Just Happened At Google?
The FTC Robocall Challenge is offering a cash prize for anybody that can come up with the best way to eliminate robocalls from reaching consumers’ cellphones and landlines. The submission window runs from October 25 to January 17, 2013. Winners, if there are any, will be announced in April 2013, The FTC Wants YOU! – To Kill Robocalls.
This is what national, presidential-election-year political campaigns do now: They make little prank websites to undermine their opponents. It’s the tech-savvy, 21st Century equivalent of a TV attack ad, The Democrats Prank Romney With Clever Search Engine Fun.
The tablet market is different from that of other gadgets. While many people believe they need a mobile phone and a computer to meet their personal and business goals, a tablet is more of a “not necessary, but nice to have” type of device, The iPad Mini’s Killer Feature = Price.