According to Tim o`Reilly`s web 2.0 principles the future battles between industry giants will be around who owns data, rather than who controls software APIs. In that battle, we’ll see deployed all kinds of techniques to »harness collective intelligence« to build added value databases of various kinds.
Within this scope, people are speculating that Google`s 411 service
is designed to harvest voice data to build Google’s own speech database, rather than licensing from Nuance or another player …
I am just getting ready for the Web 2.0 conference starting tomorrow, when I found this. Interesting thought!