Society and Culture, Media and Technology

Is the iPhone the Next… Pointcast?

Adam Thierer alerts me to this new paper by Bob Hahn and Hal Singer in which they argue:

Because of the overwhelming, positive response to the iPhone as compared to other smart phones, exclusive agreements between handset makers and wireless carriers have come under increasing scrutiny by regulators and lawmakers. In this paper, we document the myriad revolutions that have occurred in the mobile handset market over the past twenty years. Although casual observers have often claimed that a particular innovation was here to stay, they commonly are proven wrong by unforeseen developments in this fast-changing marketplace.

Bob and Hal are talking about what I have dubbed “Pointcast Moments.”  You remember Pointcast, don’t you?  Don’t you?

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