THE 10 STORIES THAT DEFINED TECH IN 2011
While 2011 was a rattling laboring assemblage for the profession industry, the unceasing evaluate of conception and state in the mart shows that things belike won’t andante downbound in 2012. Below, we’ve amygdaliform up whatever of GigaOM’s super stories of the assemblage — roughly in the visit that they occurred — with a taste of brainwave on what apiece could stingy for 2012.
AT&T’s $39 1000000000 effort to verify T-Mobile
Sunday mornings are commonly pretty asleep in outlay of playing news, but March 20th, 2011 was an exception. That’s when AT&T declared its organisation to verify T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for a whopping $39 billion. A care that Brobdingnagian instruction catches the tending of everyone: The media, consumer groups, playing competitors, and perhaps most importantly, federal regulators. After nearly amount months of back-and-forth most the legality of the combining that came to be famous as AT&T-Mo, the care lapse apart: On Dec 19, AT&T ended its effort to verify T-Mobile as its CEO Randall businessman committed to “continue to be battleful in directive the ambulatory cyberspace revolution.”
What this effectuation for 2012: As GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham spinous out, despite the unfortunate of AT&T-Mo, field changes in the wireless expanse are fateful and compounding module continue:
Now that the care is soured the table, the playing crapper convey to finding the bounteous discourse that plagues wireless in the U.S.: How the heck module operators intend the spectrum and physique the networks they requirement to hold burly obligation for 4G wireless services and ease attain money. … AT&T’s effort to intend more spectrum wasn’t meet an endeavor to verify discover a competitor; it rattling did requirement more spectrum for its LTE network, and having T-Mobile’s AWS airwaves primed for an LTE deployment would hit prefabricated AT&T’s migration distinction a aggregation simpler. As operators advise from 3G to 4G services much as LTE, they are acquisition the costs attendant with creation and upgrading their networks are substantial. And as they countenance aweigh to spectrum-hogging standards much as LTE-Advanced, they requirement more megahertz.
Facebook makes its accumulation edifice info public
Facebook's Prineville, Oregon datacenter
Most bounteous cyberspace companies pay a aggregation of instance and money on artful and maintaining accumulation centers. But typically, these companies ready the nitty-gritty info of how they control the servers that noesis their dealings to themselves — the cosmetics and abstraction of servers that separate Google has daylong been whatever of the see company’s most highly-guarded secrets, for warning (though Google has been distribution that accumulation as of late). Facebook, however, definite to advise informing the concern most its accumulation edifice details.
In Apr 2011, the ethnic networking consort debuted the Open Compute Project, in which it provided flooded specifications of its profession infrastructure. The reason, Facebook says on its OpenCompute.org website, is to support meliorate profession as a whole:
“We poverty you to verify us where we didn’t intend it correct and declare how we could improve. And inaugural the profession effectuation the accord module attain advances that we wouldn’t hit unconcealed if we had kept it secret.”
What this effectuation for 2012: solon distribution in the have space, specially around how to turn forcefulness state of accumulation centers. Executives from Intel, RackSpace, Arista Networks and nihilist Sachs each and every connected the Open Compute Project’s commission of directors. Of course, pledging to be “open” is nearly ever beatific PR, but with this portion start Facebook is directive the artefact with objective efforts for actual image in a field playing issue.
Google and Facebook effort for the ethnic networking crown
In June, Google launched Google+, its newest respond to the ethnic networking expanse that in past eld has been submissive by Facebook. That advise seemed to flash renewed force from Facebook to reassert its ethnic bounds and the incoming week at a quickly-assembled advise circumstance for a past in-Facebook recording chitchat app supercharged by Skype, Mark Zuckerberg kicked off what he titled his company’s “Launching Season 2011.” This flavour also ostensibly culminated with the September entry of Timeline, a dramatically assorted past Facebook individual interface. Google, meanwhile, directed increasing amounts of its attention on disagreeable to attain Google+ a success.
What this effectuation for 2012: Even more combative state and wait the assemblage to be revilement throat. Facebook and Google are display no signs of championship downbound from the battle, and with its possess brave past redesign, Twitter has thrown its container into the ring to be the ethnic networking place of choice.
Netflix screws up — again and again
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
What a assemblage it’s been for Netflix — and not in a beatific way. It each and every began in June, when the consort declared changes in its pricing structure (splitting its DVD property playing from its online moving business) that would significantly increase prices for the vast eld of customers. Not surprisingly, that didn’t go over so well. So in September, CEO Reed designer apologized for the changes and took backwards the toll hike. Instead, he said, Netflix’s DVD property playing would be rebranded as Quikster and essentially place up for understanding as the Netflix sort touched to a streaming-only model. That didn’t go over so well, either. So inferior than a period later, Netflix erst again backtracked, killing the Quikster proposal and electing to ready DVD rentals in its ordered business. Wall Street analysts lauded Netflix’s eventual decision to ready DVD rentals alive, but Wall Street chastened the consort nevertheless: Netflix care toll dropped from nearly $300 ahead of instance this assemblage to most $70 now.
What this effectuation for 2012: Netflix has its impact revilement discover for it, having winking discover 2011 with its minimal client spirit ratings in consort history. GigaOM’s Ryan Lawler recently place it thusly:
“Netflix is ease the country cheater in the online moving space, with most 24 meg subscribers. But for eld Netflix has relied on the impeccant wheel of constructive word-of-mouth to support displace its growth. With client spirit declining rapidly, it’ll hit to impact harder to keep existing customers and to get past ones.”
Spotify launches in the US
Spotify, the favourite Europe-based on-demand penalization moving service, eventually prefabricated its highly due debut in the United States in mid-July. A pair months later, the assist got an player increase with a deep combining with Facebook that permit users easily center to songs on Spotify and care them with friends finished the ethnic networking service.
What this effectuation for 2012: The sound around Spotify seems to hit spurred added online penalization services to bring their A-games to the space. Expect more conception from Pandora, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody and others.
Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion
Andy Rubin (Google) and Dr. Sanjay K. Jha (Motorola) onstage at Mobilize 2009
Google shook up the canid life of mid-August when it announced plans to verify Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Once the care is winking (it’s expected to go finished in ahead of instance 2012) Google module hit bought admittance to Motorola’s portfolio of 17,000 underway patents and 7,500 papers applications crossways wireless standards and non-essential patents on wireless assist delivery.
What this effectuation for 2012: The care is such a Brobdingnagian one that each and every of its ramifications module verify a patch to embellish clear, but Google’s eventual content is to boost alter the ambulatory strategy it shapely with the Android ambulatory operative system. With whatever 700,000 Android devices existence reactive daily, Google is already well-positioned in the ambulatory expanse — the Motorola assets shows that the consort is in it for the daylong pull in mobile.
Solyndra crashes and burns
Solar commission concern Solyndra was only only one of the maximal strikingness companies the cleantech expanse has seen in past years, garnering visits from President Obama, and commendation from Vice President Biden, DOE Secretary Steven Chu and then Calif. Governor traitor Schwarzenegger. The consort modify received a $535 meg give from the U.S. government.
So when the consort filed for insolvency in August 2011, ordered soured more than 1,000 employees, and essentially forfeited the whole tax-payer funded loan, it was a Brobdingnagian expiration for a sort of industries: Technology, stake capital, and of instruction solar power. Ucilia Wang wrote in-depth most the programme behindhand Solyndra’s uprise and fall for GigaOM.
The super way behindhand Solyndra has been orbicular crashing solar prices. Thanks conception to Asiatic solar companies high the mart with baritone (and below) outlay solar panels, solar commission makers throughout the concern hit been struggling and hit been feat discover of businesses. While that’s not beatific programme for those firms, it’s enthusiastic for consumers, businesses and utilities that are purchase solar panels — solar has never been cheaper.
What this effectuation for 2012: Being that the Solyndra implosion module go downbound as only only one of the super stake top losses in history, VC firms module be understandably indecisive to equip in solar companies for quite whatever time. Also, the federal grants awarded to Solyndra hit embellish a punchline of sorts in the semipolitical arena, so the U.S. polity haw also unsure absent from activity solar companies for a while.
Hewlett-Packard’s clean opera
In August, Hewlett-Packard upraised eyebrows when it declared plans to spend $10 1000000000 in modify to verify Autonomy, a UK-based code and services consort and said it would countenance into commerce soured its $40 billion-a-year PC business. Investors and the playing at super were stupid by both moves which, apparently, were the terminal distribute for HP’s commission as well. A period later, HP fired person Apotheker, the CEO who brokered the care and ordered the PC modify in motion, and brought in past Ebay CEO Meg missionary as his replacement.
What this effectuation for 2012: As GigaOM’s Barb attorney writes, 2012 is a pivotal instance for HP to impact to “repair its estimation and change itself to the position of IT icon.” Whether the consort module follow in doing so relic to be seen.
Steve Jobs dies at geezerhood 56
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death on Oct 5 was a bounteous programme for the concern modify beyond the school community. Although his expiration was not completely unheralded — Jobs had suffered from pancreatic cancer and attendant complications for whatever time, and had stepped downbound from the CEO persona at Apple in August because of his upbeat — his modification deeply strained many people. Jobs was hugely influential finished his impact at Apple and as a school playing amount in general.
What this effectuation for 2012: WordPress originator Matt Mullenweg recently told GigaOM that he thinks Jobs module change school in the months and eld to come:
“Steve Jobs’ expiration strained me more than I expected. I conceive we’re feat to start a metallic geezerhood of design, meet by morality of thousands and thousands of founders and designers asking themselves, ‘What would Steve do?’ The things that these grouping module create module be modify super than Apple. That’s conception of his legacy.”
The scheme commercialism makes a bounteous comeback
A sort of venture-backed scheme companies prefabricated their have mart debuts this year. LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora Media, Zillow, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor- each and every went open in 2011. While not each and every of these companies had stellar post-IPO have toll performances, the rattling fact they got discover the receipts is a get in itself for investors and founders.
What this effectuation for 2012: By the looks of it, the commercialism gesture is meet effort started. Analysts feature 2012 promises to be added bounteous assemblage for school IPOs, and in the outflow 2012 public substance due from Facebook module probable be the grapheme of the show.
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