Gruber on Mansfield.

John Gruber:

After talking to a few more people, the impression I’m left with is that Mansfield has been so successful and remains so popular, he can write his own ticket. And this is the ticket he’s written.

And that’s that.

The perks of licensing. HTC’s new flagship “One” smartphone. @daringfireball

John Gruber of Daring Fireball asks a very good question

Aluminum casing with antennas integrated in the exterior? Long press the home button to get a voice-driven interface, double-tap the home button to bring up the multitasking switcher? Can’t quite put my finger on where I’ve seen these things before.

regarding HTC’s new smartphone, the HTC One, but surprisingly doesn’t follow up with an answer.

Here is one:
On Dec. 6th, 2012 HTC made a global licensing deal with Apple. We don’t know what’s included in the deal, but I’m sure HTC is in the clear with this.

Who’s gonna leave Twitter for…seriously… @drdrang

Dr. Drang makes a perfect argument:

No one is forcing you to follow Justin Bieber or any of his fans. And there’s no requirement for you to wade through the morass of dumbth that is Trends…

and delivers a very accurate truth:

John Gruber, for example, makes his living by getting people to read Daring Fireball, and he’s said that most of his referral traffic comes by way of links on Twitter. Can he afford to disengage from it?

Gruber may well be a special case; I can imagine him being able to leave Twitter with no ill effects. But it’s hard to believe that less popular bloggers — and pretty much everyone is less popular — will be able to do so.

Those two are, to me, at the core of this over-hyped new app.