links for 2010-06-07

  • “There’s an app for that” is Apple’s catch phrase to promote the literally thousands of applications that can be downloaded to an iPhone. Whether you want to check the weather or traffic, bide time playing a game, or study a new language, there is likely a free or paid application that you can access. While Apple may be best known for mobile apps, BlackBerry, Android and other devices also have a huge range of apps available in their stores, as well as in those operated by mobile service providers. With smartphones expected to overtake feature phones in the U.S. by 2011, the popularity of mobile apps will only grow. To get a better sense of what’s popular and what’s not now, Nielsen recently launched its ‘App Playbook,’ surveying more than 4,200 people who had downloaded an application in the past 30 days.
    (tags: mobile apps)
  • It was good advice when you were in high school, and it’s good advice when you’re out raising a seed round for your startup. Here’s the scenario:
    You and a small team have been working on a great idea for a new business. You start talking to a few of your friends who have been successful before to get their feedback and advice. Your friends like the idea and offer to put in some angel money themselves and introduce you to a few other angels who might be interested. You know that ultimately you will need to raise a venture round, but an angel round now sounds like a great idea. It will allow you to put more meat on the bones and get a better valuation for your venture round. Before you know it one of the angels has introduced you to a venture capitalist or two from good firms and they want to participate in the angel round, but since it’s a seed investment for them, they won’t take a board seat. Your startup has just been deflowered.

  • Nokia-Siemens Networks on Wednesday (2 June) admitted its share of the blame for Iran’s brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrators last year after selling mobile phone surveillance to the authoritarian regime.
    “We absolutely do find ourselves in a tricky situation and need the help of people in this room to help us navigate in these challenging times,” Barry French, head of marketing and corporate affairs with Nokia-Siemens Networks, a joint venture of Nokia (NOK) and Siemens (SI), told MEPs during a hearing on human rights and new information technologies.
  • Panda Software Thursday announced the release of Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro, a cloud-based antivirus service, including support. The security company also updated its free Panda Cloud Antivirus software, first introduced in April 2009, which offers a subset of the Pro version’s features.
    New features in both versions include a dynamic behavioral blocker which helps spot and block malware — even if it’s not previously been seen — as well as targeted attacks. The Pro version also adds automatic upgrades, automatic scans of USB drives, and hard drives to ensure they can’t introduce a virus even if the machine is offline. Multilingual technical support is available via an online forum.
  • On average, a child will have their first experience with online porn at age 11.
    That’s just one of the statistics on Internet porn compiled this week by the business blog Online MBA.
    According to their research, 12 percent of websites are pornographic in nature. 68 million search engine queries per day are related to porn – that’s about one quarter of daily searches. Of those, there are some 116,000 searches per day for child pornography.
    The study finds that 20 percent of men and 13 percent of women say they have watched porn online while at work. One of every three porn viewers is a woman.
    More than $3,000 per second is spent on online porn.
    Sunday is the most popular day for viewing online porn and Thanksgiving is the least popular day, according to the study.
    Online MBA did not give details on how it came to these numbers.

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