Interesting to consider how ironclad and immutable the companies will try and make their eco-systems (beyond the obvious "more than we, as end users, would like.") http://www.forbes.com/sites/quickerbettertech/2011/08/22/google-buys-motorola-mobility-and-so-begins-the-dark-ages/
Well, the author does seem to wax nostalgic for the Roman Empire--forgetting it was mainly great for the Romans (everyone else came second), but besides that: vertical ecosystems do go beyond web protocols. Consider the recent FCP debacle. Yes, there's paths leveraging Apple hardware, but the most interesting thing I thought of was his mention of developers needing to choose an ecosystem to develop for--so that consumers may be happy with choice, but developers and business may want a return to Rome, as it were.
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