Peter Kafka

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Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s an iPad

You love your kids, but they are loud or hyper or bored or simply need more attention than you can provide at this particular second. And that’s why you have an iPad.

You can file this under “not news to anyone who has kids,” but it’s fun to see in print. Nielsen reports that 55 percent of tablet owners with kids say they use the gadgets to “entertain” (read: pacify) the brood while traveling. And 41 percent do the same when out at restaurants, etc.

If you expand the sample set to include people with smartphones, and/or people who are honest about their parenting, both of those numbers will hit 100 percent.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald