Verizon continues to play coy about the iPhone, a surprising source is selling iPads at rock bottom prices, and—to our everlasting joy—Steve Wozniak is back in the news. I’m not going to lie: the remainders for Thursday, November 18, 2010 are looking forward to the weekend.
Verizon rethinks pricing (Wall Street Journal)
In an interview with the Journal, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said that the company’s shift towards the 4G LTE standard had perked up Apple’s ears, but that at the end of the day, the iPhone will come to Verizon for one reason: “because Apple thinks it’s time.” But…but…what time? Like, noon? Time for a new watch? What?
TJ Maxx selling iPads for $400 (One Foot Tsunami, via Twitter)
Yes, that’s right: if you’re looking for the best price on the hottest selling electronic device for the holiday season, don’t head to the stores where you’d usually shop for electronics, like Best Buy, Target, or even Walmart. No, it’s TJ Maxx, the discount department store best known for reasonable prices on apparel and massive data theft, that’s selling the iPad for $100 less than Apple. Following this to its logical ends, we’ll probably be able to snag an iPad and a Big Gulp from a 7-Eleven for like $20 by Christmas Eve.
They say a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth gets its pants on. But when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is involved, the truth saddles itself up a Segway and rides that lie down. In an interview with Dutch paper De Telegraaf, Woz was apparently misquoted as saying that Android phones would eventually become the dominant platform; in his clarification, he contends that Android could “get greater marketshare and still be crappy” and that every app he has is better on the iPhone. Which he followed up with a sting from his Rimshot! app.
Google offered to buy Twitter for $2.5-$4 billion (Business Insider)
Apparently, I would be a terrible entrepreneur. Because if somebody—even casually—offered me $4 billion for a site comprised entirely of people talking about Justin Bieber and what they had for lunch, you can be pretty sure that the only thing I’m going to say is “Cash or check?”
KIN ONEm (Verizon)
The story you’re about to see is a fib, but it’s short.
Tech-savvy Customer: “Whoa, you’re selling the Microsoft KIN ONE and KIN TWO again? I thought that project was canned after two weeks.”
Verizon Rep: “No, no. As you’ll clearly see, this is the KIN ONEm and TWOm.”
C: “Are those different from the ones you were selling earlier this year?”
V: “Well, yeah, obviously. I mean, they have the letter m after them.”
C: “You just needed to move all that inventory, you couldn’t sell, huh?”
C: “Soooo, how about those Droids?”