Archive for December, 2009

The “Google Phone” Will Be Free

androidI wonder why these words haven’t come back to haunt Google. There is much speculation on the “Google Phone” pricing, but nobody has brought up this three year old quote:

Schmidt said on Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy.

“Your mobile phone should be free,” Schmidt told Reuters. “It just makes sense that subsidies should increase” as advertising rises on mobile phones.

[via Reuters 11/11/2006]

UNAIDS Commission Social Networking Site: AIDSspace.org

aidsspaceSeeing that it’s Worlds AIDS day, I wanted to mention the new social networking site from the UNAIDS CommissionAIDSspace.org. This is a new initiative to increase the level of communication between the siloed agencies and programs around the world working to battle this pandemic.

I also want to mention that I was part of the team working on this site. It was a huge effort requiring 100+ hour work weeks, but in the end it was well worth it. I’m able to look at the site and be proud, and hope that it makes at least a small difference in the world.

The site was “soft” launched last month in Geneva and is now being ramped up for a larger, formal launch. If you are in this field of work, sign up on the site and get in touch with others.