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iRobot Adds Wireless Command Center to New $700 Roomba Vacuum

IRobot, maker of defense and maritime robotics — it also makes the Roomba vacuum cleaner — has released a new vacuum as part of its Roomba 700 series. The Roomba 790 is an upgraded version of the 780, featuring a redesigned faceplate and a wireless remote that allows for room-to-room navigation. It costs $700 — $100 more than the Roomba 780, and about the same price as this hefty Oreck (non-robotic) vacuum.


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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