Kara Swisher

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It's the iPad! 10 Hours of Battery Life, $499, 9.7-Inch Screen, and It Does Laundry!

As everyone in the world knows by now, CEO Steve Jobs has launched the Apple (AAPL) iPad tablet today at an event in San Francisco.

As Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski writes in his liveblog of the confab, starting with a quote from Jobs:

“All of us use laptops and smartphones now. And the question has arisen lately: Is there room for a device in the middle….We’ve pondered this question as well.”

This “middle” device, says Jobs, must be better at doing certain tasks than either the laptop or smartphone. If there’s going to be a third category of device, it must be better at browsing the Web, video, photos, music, etc.

“Some folks say this device is a netbook….Problem is, the netbook isn’t good at any of these things.”

But we have something that is, says Jobs, “and it’s called the iPad.”

The event is still going on, as Jobs rolls out all the various bells and whistles of the software, pointing out various multimedia and mobile innovations that set the iPad apart.


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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