The folks at Microsoft have released another update of the beta for IE7. I haven’t downloaded it yet (Call me a nut, but I’m confused as to why I have to delete my existing IE7 before installing the new one). Rich Ziade at Basement.org notes that this might be the thing that finally boosts RSS:
…the RSS functionality is “feature complete.” I’ve mentioned this before. This may finally be the application that thrusts RSS into mainstream use. While there are other more full-featured installable apps out there (FeedDemon being the best of the bunch), we can’t underestimate the power of not having to install anything for a huge portion of the user population. I’m still not entirely convinced that it’ll catch fire like it should. The “real need” isn’t that clearly visible just yet.
The W3C has finally issued its Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, which are the “official” basic guidelines for how to develop web applications for the huge mobile market. One must assume that this will spawn further development in the space, so we all need to be ready.
Lost remote references a Wall St. Journal report that Comcast’s purchase of The Platform is leading to the creation of a video portal that will enable its cable subscribers to route video from the PC to their TV sets. The Journal suggests that the story is Comcast upping the ante on competing with other cable companies, and I don’t doubt that. But of supreme importance to me is what this does, again, to local affiliates. While it’s an opportunity for stations to provide unbundled content (and one hopes it will have marketing attached), it pushes them further into the content-creator-only corner. Stations need themselves to get into the aggregator business, but I’ve said that a few times before.