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BoomTown Talks About Smartphones and the Google Borg on “Nightline”

A week ago, the fine folks at ABC’s “Nightline” news program were in Silicon Valley on a quest to find out whassup with this growing smartphone war going on between Google’s Android operating system and the iPhone from Apple.

After touching the Nexus S of a Google smartphone exec, the ABC correspondent also asked BoomTown to weigh in on the whole thing.

Short version: Location, location, location. Apple and Google have opposite strategies. And, in the impending doom prediction part, search giant Google–and all these smartphones, really–are like a Borg that likes to suck up tasty mobile data.

But why don’t you see for yourself in the video of the interviews:

Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus