“To be a successful father, there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”
- Ernest Hemingway
That’s right everyone, this weekend we celebrate those brave heroes of the household who suffered through all the terrible things we did to them over the years. We realize your weekends are likely booked with cookouts and baseball games and tie-shopping outings, but as we always do we wanted to leave you this week with a little roundup of some of the week’s most pressing stories. As usual, the mobile web news machine did not disappoint this week, so check out some of our favorite stuff.
• A big topic of discussion this week was the actual effectiveness of mobile advertising. A number of different articles hit the airwaves that claimed it might be time to throw in the towel on mobile advertising, lead by a provocative little piece from Jean-Louis Gassée titled, “Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage”. While Gassée’s raised some valid points, we aren’t quite sold, and we decided to offer a little rebuttal of our own.
• Speaking of mobile advertising, Business Insider this week released a feature listing the 18 most important people in the industry. From the 21 year old CEO of Kiip, Brian Wong, all the way up to Jason Spero, the head of global sales at Google, this list is chock full of incredible minds who are changing the mobile landscape.
• Apple enthusiasts wait all year for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where software giants unveil new features and programs that will lead the charge for the next generation of technology. This year, Apple’s Tim Cook, along with a collection of brilliant colleagues took the stage and delighted the crowd withsome tasty nuggets of the future. You can check out the full keynote video here.
• The growth of mobile continues to astound us and this week Google’s Android Chief Andy Rubin added fuel to that fire by reporting that the number of daily Android activations has officially climbed over 900,000.
• BONUS: If you haven’t heard the story of Tony Nicklinson yet, you’ll want to check it out. Tony is a 57 year old man from England who has Locked-In Syndrome, a disorder that leaves people completely paralyzed, yet this week he made headlines by joining the Twittersphere, tweeting using only his eyes. You can follow Tony @TonyNicklinson
That’s all from us for now, Happy Father’s Day folks. Make sure to get your dad something nice and (season tickets always work hint hint) and to keep tabs on the mobile web, make sure to check in with us on Twitter @fiddlefly, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.