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Location Services Show the Way to the Next Great Internet Bubble


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When Silicon Valley misses the mark on a new technology, the problem usually is an issue of timing. It's not what is going to happen, but when it will happen that usually trips up the valley.

The idea driving the dot-com bubble (the Internet would change the world) was right, but the timing was wrong. In other words, AltaVista was the right idea at the wrong time, while Google was the right idea at the right time.

And so, I fear, it is again with the latest technology craze that has had insiders hyperventilating for the past year: location sharing and mobile check-in services.

From San Jose Mercury News
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