John Waits While AT&T Delivers His (iPhone) World


Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski was among the thousands who bought an iPhone last Friday–we are hooked on handhelds here at And then he waited. And waited. Not that he wasn’t eager to begin using his new device (reviewed here by Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret). He was simply one of the many unhappy iPhonatics who ran up against an overwhelmed AT&T activation system, which left him unable to make the most of his brand-new gadget for more than 40 hours. You can read his tale of woe or watch his video, which is available below as well.

Today in Digital Daily, John also notes the bizarre (if not goofy) Pentagon project to develop a nonlethal bullet that would release laughing gas. Seriously.

And on the subject of ill-considered ideas, he takes Google’s Health Advertising Blog to task for reviewing, of all movies, Michael Moore’s “Sicko,” which is highly critical of the U.S. health-care system, and of encouraging the health-care industry to counter the negative publicity by running–what else?–ads on Google.

Posted by Associate Editor John Sullivan.

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