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July 25, 2005

Konfabulation: Widgets or Browsers?

An article from eweek by Peter Coffee discusses a shift from viewing web content via browser, to the more focused view of a Widget. Yahoo's recent acquisition of Pixoria, Inc., creators of Konfafulator and Apple's new Dashboard technology are clear examples of this.

Good? Howard Rheingold in his book, Smart Mobs, makes the point that highways won out over railways by making the "channel" available for everyone. If widgets follow open standards, they could be a powerful addition to the web. If not, they could serve to build walls to divide it.

Posted by bob | 1:45 PM | permalink

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