Kara Swisher

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Monday Morning Quarterback: The Knitted iPhone Edition

I will admit it–I made copious fun of Walt Mossberg, John Paczkowski and our Web genius Adam Tow after they all quickly bought iPhones last week, right after the much-hyped uber-cellphone was launched by Apple.

That’s why I deserve the round of merciless teasing I got from them when I suddenly decided I had to have one, too–after a weak moment in the Apple store in the Grove in Los Angeles.

Like a lot of others, I was also nervous about it being Apple’s 1.0 version (and was trying to heed tech’s No. 1 caveat that you should always wait for 2.0 at least). But after playing with it even more, I also quickly realized it was like every other cellphone’s–and I have had them all–16.0 version, so much improved that other issues (yes, the poor AT&T wireless network) seemed less significant.


Perhaps I should have just stuck to my knitting, as seen here in a very funny post on Daddy Types, which is a blog apparently aimed at new fathers.

Given the massive falloff in business, why shouldn’t print just pack it in? Jon Fine of BusinessWeek in his Media Centric column this week poses that important question in a provocative piece.

Play with me on this one: Which major American newspaper should be the first to throw up its hands and stop publishing a print product?”

He names the San Francisco Chronicle as the guinea pig. Along with its money-losing status, Fine also notes that it exists in a plugged-in city ripe to support a large online business dependent on ad dollars.

And here’s a good video from Wall Street Journal Video about using digital tools to get a better golf club:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald