Wearingmy jacket proudly
Today I read a report from a recent speech by David Blumenthal, until recently the National Health IT Coordinator. The part that stood out most from the speech was the one that also formed the headline for the post:
Mobi Health News has an article today:
Although it look like it may well have over-paid by $4.5 billion, and bid against companies who weren???t seriously in the running (Google and Facebook), owning Skype means Microsoft has a much better positioning in mobile.
But that???s not all.
The implications of this deal for Facebook are actually far more interesting. Since Microsoft is an investor in Facebook, the latter will now have deep access to its investor???s assets.
Being able to Skype from within Facebook means Mark Zuckerberg will not have to build his own VOIP communications platform ??? a seriously complex affair for 600 million users. Plus, the social network already has tie-ins with Skype.
But it also means both Microsoft and Facebook now have a stick with which to beat Apple and its emerging comms platform, Facetime.
With Facebook integration Skype will not be so heavily linked to an actual device ??? as Facetime is with Apple devices. Note that Microsoft has pledged to ???continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms???.
This means Apple is going to have to really pull of the stops on its communications strategy. Perhaps that???s what the new server farm is for?
Michael Arrington wrote a fascinating post on TechCrunch today about Facebook secretly employing a PR firm to smear Google.
Yesterday, Qualcomm created a $10M X Prize. The objective is a Tricorder type device that we all remember from the TV Series, Star Trek. With the growing shortage of physicians we will need tools like this that allow patients to monitor their health.
How will we see this manifest itself – Think about a wireless sensor that can communicate with an App on your iPhone, iPad or Android smart phone.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs revealed today that the San Diego-based wireless technology giant has been working with the X Prize Foundation to develop criteria for a new $10 million X Prize grand challenge that is straight out of Star Trek???a ???Tricorder X Prize.???
The idea???which is still being distilled???is to offer a $10 million incentive prize to the team that can develop the first diagnostic device that actually works like the ubiquitous medical tricorder of Star Trek fame. Generally speaking, the technology would have to be portable, use wireless sensors, be minimally invasive, and capable of providing rapid, low-cost diagnoses of medical ailments and injuries. Oh, and organizers also want the gadget to be able to diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board-certified physicians.