Here are a few points to ponder that came across my PLN just today, and all within minutes of each other:
A new Kindle-killer is in the works: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/index.cfm?i=62152
Microsoft allegedly rips off Plurk, including very MINOR changes to actual coding! (http://www.atypical.net/archive/2009/12/14/stunned-at-ms-plurk-ripoff)
Other countries are dumping all their testing and various other practices to try and catch up with US creativity and ingenuity, while the US is hellbent on emulating the countries that realize "their way" didn't work: http://tannervision.blogspot.com/2009/12/if-youve-never-failed.html
As I have said before, sometimes social networking is not about YOU but who you READ...