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Justin Long Laments the End of an Ad Era, Rupert's Crying About Google Again

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
  • When considering schisms and rivalries, the fractured relationships between cats and dogs, Israelis and Palestinians, Yankees and Sox fans and PC and Mac owners seem irreparable. But, Justin Long of the 'Get a Mac' ads told the AV Club recently that the long-running campaign may soon come to a close, and that he is disheartened because the PC guy has become one of his "dearest, greatest friends." Blasphemy. [From: Mac Daily News]
  • Rupert Murdoch has long been whining that Google and other search engines are stealing his news stories, and he continued his unceasing diatribe recently while speaking at George Washington University. Although he did tout the benefits of the iPad, Murdoch reportedly said he wants to force people to pay for his content because "when they have got nowhere else to go they will start paying." Umm, Rupert, on the Internets, there's always somewhere else to go. [From: The Guardian]
  • For the iPad owners feeling a bit of buyer's remorse, CNN Money has outlined a supposed method of getting that huge chunk of cash back, or at least some of it. As long as consumers return the item in its original condition and in its original packaging within 14 days of purchase (and pay a hefty "restocking" fee?!), Apple will provide a (depleted) refund. [From: CNN Money]
  • Various surveys have indicated that the United States lags significantly behind other nations in terms of wireless access and Internet speeds. Ivan Seidenberg, the CEO of Verizon, has disputed those claims, though, as he attested that the U.S. ranks number one in wireless; in fact, he said, "[It's] not even close." Yeah, tell that to the more than 100 million U.S. citizens who don't even have broadband. [From: Ars Technica]
  • The iPad has been enjoying the media's undivided e-reader attention, but some major competitors are preparing to steal the spotlight in the coming weeks. According to Engadget, Barnes & Noble's Nook will be making its Best Buy debut April 18th, and the Kindle will be making its first in-store appearance at Target locations on April 25th. [From: Engadget and Engadget]

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