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    4 Minute Roundup: Facebook Takes on Twitter; iPhone Backlash

    by Mark Glaser
    August 14, 2009

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at all the recent moves Facebook has made to take on Twitter, including revamping its search, coming out with slimmed-down “Facebook Lite” and buying out FriendFeed. Plus, various high-profile tech pundits have come out against the iPhone after Apple rejected Google Voice from its App Store. Is it isolated anger or a broader movement? Also, Thomson Reuters president Chris Ahearn says the time is right for aggregators, bloggers and news organizations to sit down and work out linking and excerpting policies in the open.

    Check it out:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Is Facebook Tilting at Twitmills? at Search Views

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    Facebook Soups Up Search at Washington Post

    What A Streamlined Version Of Facebook Could Mean at PaidContent

    Facebook Acquires Start-Up FriendFeed at WSJ

    What You Need to Know About Facebook’s Buying FriendFeed at AdAge

    Is FriendFeed Facebook’s Twitter Killer? at AdAge

    I Quit the iPhone at TechCrunch

    Seven (More) Reasons to Ditch Your iPhone at Fast Company

    The Case Against Apple-in Five Parts at Calacanis.com

    FCC Opens Inquiry of Apple’s Ban of Google Voice at WSJ

    Message to iPhone Quitters — Quit Your Whiny Tantrums at Fast Company

    Why I Believe in the Link Economy at Reuters

    Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was “How do you think newspapers should make money online?”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about whether you would stop using the iPhone because of its App Store policies.

    UPDATE: I was in error when I said that Jason Calacanis had ditched his iPhone in the 4MR report. He wrote a lengthy piece laying out his “case against Apple” and mentioned others who had stopped using the iPhone. But he is still using his, as this recent blog post shows. I apologize for the error.

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: apple chris ahearn facebook iphone thomson reuters twitter
    • Have re-read it a few times to remember. Thanks for interesting Blog.

      Thanks
      Mark

    • Gatti

      As an iPhone developer myself, the developer must agree to the developer agreement prior to developing applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. The agreement specifically states that VoIP apps can not be created.

      I wish all the reporters from all these different media outlets actually reported that the application should not have been developed or submitted to begin with. It’s actually Google’s fault for thinking that they’d bypass Apple’s app restrictions.

      All this stink is purely from lack of information from the side of the media.

    • Gatti

      As an iPhone developer myself, the developer must agree to the developer agreement prior to developing applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. The agreement specifically states that VoIP apps can not be created.

      I wish all the reporters from all these different media outlets actually reported that the application should not have been developed or submitted to begin with. It’s actually Google’s fault for thinking that they’d bypass Apple’s app restrictions.

      All this stink is purely from lack of information from the side of the media.

    • Are non-commercial radio broadcasters permitted to air this content on their stations? (I’m writing from Canada.)

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