What’s a mobile device prototype worth?
Depends on who you are. If you’re Apple, it’s priceless. When you tightly control every aspect of the product development process, anything that subverts the message is a potential risk to the brand. Loss of control to a company like Apple is unthinkable. If you’re Gizmodo, the answer is ,000 — which is the amount the tech blog reportedly paid to an unnamed individual who supposedly found the prototype of Apple’s upcoming fourth-generation iPhone in a California bar.
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This evening, I received Google’s official e-mail about ending support for Internet Explorer 6. Good riddance. Why isn’t Microsoft doing something so ambitious as surgically removing the IE6 scourge from the Web? There are laws preventing rickety, unsafe vehicles from driving on the highways. Why is there no Microsoft prohibition against driving IE6 down the Information Superhighway? It’s time Microsoft booted one of the vehicle’s wheels so no one can drive it — then haul the miserable wreck to the junk yard.