Tim Cook talks Siri, Parse launches Javascript SDK + Facebook is the perfect startup


Your Thursday Morning Coffee: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Cook stirs the pot: Apple CEO on TV, Siri, upcoming products and more (via BGR)
Where Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri is concerned, Cook made it clear that big things are coming in the next few months. “There’s more that it can do,” Cook said. “We have a lot of people working on this. You’ll be really pleased with the things you’ll see over the coming months. The breadth that you’re talking about… we’ve got some cool ideas about what Siri can do. We have a lot going on on this.”

Everyone has a mobile problem: not just Facebook (via GigaOM)
It’s the question that has dogged Facebook all year and likely contributed to its IPO fiasco: does Facebook have a mobile problem? According to Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins, it does: but then so does every Internet company trying to figure out how to make money in the mobile landgrab.

Mary Meeker: “Mobile Monetization Has More Going For It Than Early Desktop Monetization Had” (via TechCrunch)
Here is the good news: Global mobile Internet traffic is growing rapidly right now and has now reached about 10% of all Internet traffic. Mobile commerce now makes up about 8% of U.S. e-commerce and grew over 15% last year.

Facebook Can’t Have a Phone Until It Becomes an Operating System (via ReadWriteWeb)
One thing to realize about Facebook is that it is a platform. A platform allows developers and companies to build on top of it, build apps for it and interact with it through a variety of mediums. In that way, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are both platforms, but Android and iOS are also operating systems – complex sets of software that connect hardware to the platform. Facebook is a fine platform, but it is not an operating system. And that is going to make the company’s attempt at building a “Facebook Phone” extremely difficult.

Not Just For Native Mobile Apps Anymore: Parse Launches JavaScript SDK (via TechCrunch)
The San Francisco startup has a new SDK for JavaScript that makes it easier to build HTML5 apps. Parse has long billed itself as the “Heroku for Mobile,” a service that takes over the hassle of building a scalable back-end for applications. The new Javascript SDK comes with security controls, flexible data storage, advanced data queries, user authentication and geolocation.

Why Facebook Is Still The Perfect Startup (Slides) (via TechCrunch)
Specifically, faberNovel believes the App Center could really become a game-changer and the lynchpin for how Facebook begins to “own” its users on mobile devices. FaberNovel then takes this one step further and proclaims that, with its large mobile user base and variety of services, “Facebook is a new breed of telco.”

doxo Launches Android App, Debuts doxoPay Mobile Payments (via BetaKit)
The doxo Mobile apps, available for Android and iOS, now include the doxoPAY feature on both mobile systems, which allows users to receive and pay bills via their mobile devices with one account and one password. The company has several investors, among them Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and has signed up several state and local government agencies in the U.S., as well as healthcare providers at more than 40 hospitals.

How Banjo is finding success with geo-social discovery
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Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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