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Last Friday, just after the first iPhones were sold, thousands of listings showed up on eBay and Craigslist, with prices of $1,000 for the 8-gigabyte phone, a $400 markup. Some bold sellers were asking $2,000. But as it became clear that supply was meeting demand, they found themselves stuck. Few of the phones have sold for more than $700, which after sales tax, is not a remarkable profit margin.

IPhone Futures Prove to Be a Bad Investment – New York Times

Serves these morons right to get stuck. Why on earth would anyone pay $1000 for an iPhone that retails for $499? Most people can wait for the new stock to arrive and get it for retail price.

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Apple’s iPhone useless in Vermont — for now

Apple’s iPhone useless in Vermont — for now: Rutland Herald Online

The iPhone is an Apple Inc. product that combines a cell phone, a
computer and an iPod. Large portions of other states are without the
service as well, including Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York,
as well as Alaska, the Dakotas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.Vermont is the only state totally without AT&T coverage.

I live in Virginia but I have lots of family in Vermont (nearly all of them are Mac users), but if the phone is useless in Vermont (or has expensive roaming charges) I won’t buy it. This just underscores the problem with limiting the iPhone to a single carrier.

I find it moronic that AT&T plugs itself for having the fewest “dropped calls”. If you can’t make the call to begin with, what does that statement really mean?

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Apple – iPhone – TV Ads

I mentioned this hot little number in a previous post (This is one sexy phone!). Now Apple has posted Quicktime video of 3 ads supporting the iPhone. Oh yeah – it’s still sexy.

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Who Went to Dinner at the White House — and Why?

Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts – Who Went to Dinner at the White House — and Why? – washingtonpost.com

Just a selection from the list:

  • Anne Armstrong: Former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain; last year, Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington on her Texas ranch.
  • Lee Bass: Fort Worth oil billionaire, Yale alumnus, raised at least $300,000 for Bush’s two presidential campaigns.
  • Sid Bass: Fort Worth oil billionaire, Yale alumnus.
  • Katherine Boyd: California interior designer who raised at least $300,000 for Bush’s two presidential campaigns.
  • James Click: Arizona auto dealer who raised at least $300,000 for Bush’s two presidential campaigns.
  • Don Evans: One of Bush’s oldest friends, former secretary of commerce, chair of 2000 presidential campaign.
  • William Farish: Longtime Bush family friend, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Yale alumnus.
  • Brad Freeman: Bush pal for 30 years, chaired 2000 and 2004 inaugurations, overnight guest at the White House.
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Token Republican on “The View.”
  • Ray Hunt: Billionaire Texan oilman, serves on president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Halliburton’s board of directors.
  • Richard Kinder: Former president of Enron; gave $250,000 to Bush’s second inauguration.
  • Charles Moncrief: Texas oilman, raised at least $100,000 for Bush’s 2004 reelection.
  • Joseph O’Donnell: Bush pal since his days at Harvard Business School, raised at least $300,000 for Bush’s two presidential campaigns.
  • T. Boone Pickens: Dallas oil and gas billionaire, gave $2.5 million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, $250,000 to Bush’s second inauguration.
  • Harold Simmons: Dallas billionaire, gave $3 million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, $100,000 to Bush’s second inauguration.
  • Robert Tuttle: Current U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, pal of Bush 41 and 43, raised at least $100,000 for the president’s 2004 reelection campaign.

Get the picture?

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Apple – iPhone

I’m your basic Mac addict – have been one since 1983 (yes, before it came out I worked on a pre-Mac Lisa).

However, I’m not a phone addict. I have a Virgin Mobile prepay that costs me $20 month. I’m a real cheapskate when it comes to phones because I hate using them.

I could make an exception for the iPhone. I would plunk down the $499 since it’s also a iPod, camera and web browser. It only it weren’t on Cingular. Half my family doesn’t live in a Cingular served area so why should I get a phone that can’t use when I visit my family?

Come on, Apple! How can a company that touts the slogan “think different” offer only one carrier for their phone. Wrong! If this situation doesn’t change within the first 6 months of the iPhone release, I think it will be a failure despite the fact that it’s the most innovative phone.

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Tech news blog – Bloggers and podcasters get their own magazine | CNET News.com

I find it hard to imagine anyone that blogs or has a podcast would shell out $79 per year for a magazine about blogging or podcasting. Both are free (or relatively free) methods of communication so why would I pay $79 per year (incredible!) to read about stuff I can find for free on the ‘net? Sheesh!

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