John Paczkowski

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BlackBerry Storm, iPhone Actually Netbooks, Really, Really Small Netbooks

Contrary to popular opinion, Research In Motion’s (RIMM) Blackberry Storm is not a smartphone. It’s a Netbook. So says Mike Lazaridis, the company’s founder and co-CEO, who apparently hasn’t seen an Eee PC lately. Asked by CNet Asia if he viewed Netbooks as a competitor to RIM’s BlackBerry devices, Lazaridis, referring to the Storm, said, “These are Netbooks. They are just smaller.”

Now, leaving aside for a moment the fact that the Storm is clearly not a laptop replacement, Lazaridis’s comment is interesting because it mirrors Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs’s remarks about the iPhone this past October. Responding to a question about Apple’s plans for the Netbook market, Jobs suggested that the iPhone and iPod touch are essentially diminutive Netbooks. “One of our entrants into [the Netbook] category, if you will, is the iPhone for browsing the Internet and doing e-mail and all the other things that a netbook lets you do,” Jobs said. “Being connected via the cellular net wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.”

Great minds think alike, I guess…


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik