Congrats to the chief Techonomists on launching the first (among many I'm sure) Techonomy conference. David Kirkpatrick moderates the opening session here with Kevin Kelly, Deborah Hopkins, Eric Schmidt, and Lisa Randall.
NEW YORK -- Good news for the news business: Companies are paying newspapers and magazines up to five times as much to place ads in their iPad applications as what similar advertising costs on regular websites.
Bill Gates was chatting with students at Stanford at the time and recalled letters he'd written to Steve Jobs begging him to allow cloning of Apple hardware. Had Mr. Jobs complied, Apple's operating system might have become the de facto universal standard, the one everybody wrote software for—a role that fell to Windows instead.
If you think missing out on the riches that Microsoft created for its shareholders was an error, Mr. Jobs erred. Then again, the Web came along to take the deathly sting out of the battle of the operating systems, and Apple resurrected itself as a maker of tasty computing devices for a segment of the public that valued tastiness.
Historical analogies are one of the cheapest in the columnist's bag of tricks, and a temptation usually to be resisted. But here goes: Isn't Steve Jobs replaying the gamble that almost broke Apple?
Google may not be Microsoft, exactly: For one thing, Google is giving away its smartphone operating system, known as Android, for free. Nor will the battle yield a similar winner-take-all outcome. But otherwise the effects are likely to be the same.