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RIM Gets FCC Approval for Cellular-Equipped Tablet

Research In Motion this week got regulatory approval for what appears to be a version of its PlayBook tablet with built-in cellular capabilities.

Most of the documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission were kept confidential, but the limited information posted to the agency’s Web site suggests that the tablet contains support for several flavors of wireless connectivity, including Wi-Fi and LTE. The filing also makes reference to Bluetooth and near field communications capabilities.

The move isn’t a shock, given that RIM has promised that an LTE-capable PlayBook would be out later this year.

Whether buyers will be interested in the device is an open question, however.


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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