Lauren Goode

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More Than 50 Percent of U.S. Adults Used Cellphone for Holiday Shopping

A new report from Pew Research Center says that more than 50 percent of U.S. adult cellphone owners surveyed used their devices for shopping purposes while they were in a store this past holiday season. Some 38 percent of cellphone owners called a friend for purchasing advice; 24 percent looked up online product reviews; and 25 percent used their phones to try to find better deals elsewhere or online. In early January, IBM Research reported that mobile shopping in December 2011 doubled from the same holiday shopping period the year before.


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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