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Mossberg: Hero of the People United Against the Soviet Ministries, Oops, I Mean Cellphone Carriers

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With thanks to engadget, we repost this portrait of our beloved leader at AllThingsD.com, Comrade Walt Mossberg.

Walt has long railed on the topic of the stifling of innovation by the U.S. cellphone carriers–especially to me over dinner when I am really tired–so it is nice to see it in a terrific piece you should not miss.

That’s especially true this week with the CTIA’s annual conference taking place in San Francisco. CTIA represents the wireless telecommunications industry, including carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers.

Comments on Walt’s post were lively today on the site, many agreeing with Walt and his comparison of the wireless kingpins to apparatchiks of the Soviet Ministries, although some were wary of the burgeoning wireless efforts of both Google and Apple too.

In any case, it’s a great debate and one sure to continue for a long time to come.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work