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Apple & Google spent recent years building out the original iOS & Android vision, & catching up with each other. Now they start diverging.

The fascinating thing about the platform wars is how little is still unsettled. Apple & Google both won, but everything is still changing.

If I were to say 'I installed an app on my Android smartphone', I have no idea what any of those words will mean in 5 years.

Since smartphones themselves are internet platforms, as the browser was on a PC, iOS & Android set the agenda far more than Windows could.

So at each IO & WWDC a bucket of new tools and new strategies are emptied on the table , trying to shape the whole internet.

But often what's strategically core for Apple is just a tactic for Google, and vice versa. Same battlefield, different objectives.

Plus, it's always worth considering functionalism versus intentionalism when looking at big company's public strategy moves.

That is, things are often done because of the bigco org structure and annual bonus triggers, rather than a grand overarching strategy.

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#PlatformNeutrality Apple disallows Chrome and Firefox from using their own rendering engines on iPhone and iPad.

http://www.howtogeek.com/184283/why-third-party-browsers-will-always-be-inferior-to-safari-on-iphone-and-ipad/
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If Firefox and Chrome were forced to use IE 6's engine, we would have never known that browsers could be fast.
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YouTube is 10 today!
A billion people—a third of all internet-users—visit the site every day.

ON APRIL 23rd 2005 the founders of YouTube uploaded an amateurish video of themselves at the zoo, standing in front of elephants. Few viewing it at the time would have guessed the grainy, 18-second video foreshadowed YouTube’s rise to become a jumbo-sized force in its own right. Today a billion people, or around a third of all internet-users, visit YouTube every day. Each minute, they upload more than 300 hours of video to the site. After Google and Facebook, YouTube is the third most popular web domain globally.

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As of January 2015, more than 88% of all web searches conducted globally were carried out on Google
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BI : WhatsApp's growth is incredible: It just added another 100 million new users in 4 months 

There seems to be no stopping WhatsApp, the messaging app Facebook bought for $19 billion in 2014. 

WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum said through his Facebook page last Friday that the messaging app now has more than 800 million monthly active users. That's an additional 100 million new MAUs in just 4 months. 

WhatsApp's user growth has been truly remarkable. At the time of the acquisition in 2014, WhatsApp had 450 million MAUs, a little over half of what it is now. Based on the chart put together by BI Intelligence, WhatsApp has added 200 million new MAUs in the last 8 months. 

The growth is even scarier when you factor in all the messaging and social media apps owned by Facebook. Four out of the five largest brands in social media and messaging are all under Facebook's control, accounting for roughly 3.1 billion MAUs altogether. 
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Research at Google: Analyze the Earth with Google Earth Engine

Google Earth Engine is a planetary-scale geospatial analysis platform that brings together petabytes of satellite multispectral imagery, making it available online so that scientists and independent researchers can learn more about the Earth and its environment.  

In the video below, Developer Advocate +Dave Thau describes Google Earth Engine, presents some examples of how it's being used, and introduces the tools you can use to perform your own geospatial analyses on decades of available satellite data.
 
Analyze the Earth with Google Earth Engine

Google Earth Engine is a planetary-scale geospatial analysis platform that brings together petabytes of satellite multispectral imagery, making it available online so that scientists and independent researchers can learn more about the Earth and its environment.  

In the video below, Developer Advocate +Dave Thau describes Google Earth Engine, presents some examples of how it's being used, and introduces the tools you can use to perform your own geospatial analyses on decades of available satellite data.
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Christopher Mims: The Apple Watch seems unfocused, and therefore un-Apple. I wonder how much better it would be if they had cut the use cases in half.
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There are plenty of people who will reject your ideas and tell you 'No'. Geniuses is persistence in disguise.
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Today marks 25 years of one of the most important telescope ever built by mankind.

Today marks 25 years in space for the Hubble Telescope! Since its launch, Hubble has beamed hundreds of thousands of images (like this one) back to Earth. It has helped shed light on many of astronomy’s great mysteries, from helping determine the age of the universe, to identifying quasars and proving the existence of dark energy.
 
Today marks 25 years in space for the Hubble Telescope! Since its launch, Hubble has beamed hundreds of thousands of images (like this one) back to Earth. It has helped shed light on many of astronomy’s great mysteries, from helping determine the age of the universe, to identifying quasars and proving the existence of dark energy.
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Brilliant Answer by Elon's Wife to Question on @Quora: How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson? http://qr.ae/L4lTC
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“In the end, just three things matter:
How well we’ve lived,
loved
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learned to let go”
~ Jack Kornfield
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Future is Solar
 
We're in the middle of a revolution. Most people will only realize it when it's almost over.
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A 6.5 Years BI Professional. Interested in anything related to tech and science. Fascinated by algorithms. 
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Survived Bachelor of Engg in Computers from Mumbai University, Married, One cute little daughter.
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