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So, Mitt Romney Doesn’t Think the iPad Is Just a Consumption Device, Either

Critics of the iPad have long tried to position the popular Apple tablet as just a toy, something for watching a movie, but not serious work.

Apple has been working hard to counter that notion, but the most powerful refutation comes from seeing the devices pop up in places that used to be dominated by laptops.

The latest rebuttal comes from presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who various media outlets say has been typing a 1,100-word speech on his iPad.

Indeed, Romney’s tablet has been getting quite the workout during the long days of the campaign. Accessory maker Zagg even has a blog post noting that Romney has been using its keyboard.

We’ll know in a few hours just how powerful an endorsement that is. I mean, let’s be honest. It’s a lot more interesting which tablet former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton use than what gadget is being used by runners-up John Kerry and John McCain.


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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