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Last October I had the privilege of conducting an interview alongside Howard Rheingold, the renowned technology commentator and author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, for a national public radio show entitled "Cities and the Wireless Revolution." Rheingold noted early on in the program that "the ability of groups of people to organize each other for collective action has always propelled civilizations and technologies to a new level of complexity." However the only examples of complex mobile applications we were able to cite at the time were those used overseas in the more mature mobile markets of Europe and Asia. Now, only one year later, wireless data solutions are becoming more and more mainstream in the U.S., and we are beginning to see the advent of more compelling and complex applications. Whether it involves organizing a flash mob or voting for a ... (more)