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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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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