1. The White Pages was delivered to my house yesterday. Who uses the White Pages anymore other than as a door stop?
2. Someone send me an invitation to be their friend on Pownce. First one I’ve seen in months!
3. The NYT has jumped on the iPhone is going to knock off the Blackberry story, which has been BusinessWeek’s baby for months.
Until the number show otherwise, these stories remind me of the children’s story in which Chicken Little is worried the sky is falling. The premise is possible but there aren’t many signs, it’s happening. Nevertheless, it makes for a good story given RIM’s dominance and the iPhone’s sexiness. Here’s a typical quote you’ll find in all of these RIM-iPhone stories:
“The vultures are circling,” says Roger L. Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a research firm in Wayland, Mass. “There is this sense that the R.I.M. franchise is under assault.”
Who’s to suggest there won’t be more than room for RIM and the iPhone, which is apparently coming to Canada in the next month or so? If smart phones are becoming all the rage, perhaps the market for people who want wireless devices that deliver e-mail, music, the Web, etc. will dramatically expand.
One more question: if RIM is vulnerable to competition, why hasn’t any of Nokia’s much-vaunted devices such as the N95 made major inroads in North America?