John Paczkowski

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Got Any Riot Gear in "iPod White"?

Ron Johnson, Apple’s retail chief, says purchasing an iPhone 3G tomorrow should take only a few minutes–not including time spent sleeping on the sidewalk. But according to at least one analyst, those 12 to 15 minutes may be 12 to 15 minutes spent in hell. Why? Because the traditional in-store activation process that Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) have adopted for this launch is a disaster waiting to happen. “AT&T has chosen what we believe is the most ridiculous, inconvenient and ineffective process to activate the new phones,” ThinkPanmure analyst Eric Kainer wrote in a research note to clients today. “With long queues likely for the expected 8 a.m. launch, we expect prospective subscribers becoming unruly … we believe there will be trouble in AT&T stores and chaos in the Apple stores.”

Of course, activation of the original iPhone was no walk in the park, either–but for a different reason.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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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