Acording to Steve Bush from Brighthand, AvantGo is back in the customer channels business or even better, they never was out of this. Steve had an interessting interview with Richard Owen, CEO of AvantGo:
Brighthand: So does that explain AvantGo's recent flip-flop on its custom channels policy? It seemed like you were simply trying to eliminate those publishers that were along for a free ride.
Mr. Owen: We got a lot of email on that one. In retrospect, we may have been a bit heavy-handed sending out that notice to every publisher. What we had was about fifty companies abusing the service. Some were even developing full-fledged corporate apps using it, despite the fact it isn't secure. That's what we were targeting. We actually only turned off a couple of custom channels. Here's a funny story. One of the sites we turned off was a religious site in the U.K. They asked us why we turned off their channel. Turns out they were sending out a prayer of the day to thousands of subscribers. Of course we turned it right back on. (laughs)
I wonder if I should turn on my AvantGo account again!? Any thoughts? Thanks to Marlof for the link!
Cheers ~ Arne
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