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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in January 2009

Surprisingly On-Target Internet Predictions From 1981 And 1969

1/30/2009
Check out these two nifty videos, created long ago, that surprisingly get it right about how we use the Internet routinely today. First, a video from 1969 that covers most of today's digital lifestyle in a few short minutes, including Internet shopping, Webcams, bill paying and banking, and e-mail.

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How To Succeed At Twitter

1/26/2009
As with most things, persistence pays off on Twitter. Just post regularly, a few times a day. Follow people. Engage in discussion. Respond to what other people say. Post whatever interests you if you think it interests other people. Sometimes post what interests you even if you don't think anyone else will find it interesting. Experiment.

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Apple Drops Hints About Netbooks, iPhone Nano

1/22/2009
Apple's top brass let slip some tantalizing clues about the company's plans for an "iPhone Nano," netbook, and Apple TV during the their quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday. Or did they? With Apple, it's always hard to tell.

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'One More Thing' (Actually, A Few More) About Steve Jobs's Possible Successors

1/20/2009
Up until last week, it was hard to imagine Apple without Steve Jobs. But in the face of Jobs's announcement that he's temporarily stepping aside as CEO, some new management faces have taken the spotlight at Apple. It's become apparent that the company has a deep enough management bench that it can continue to thrive, even in the absence of its charismatic co-founder. It'll be a tough job, and the Apple that emerges will be a different company, but at least potentially still powerful and still pr

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Apple Handled Jobs' Health Disclosures With Dignity And Class

1/15/2009
Over the past day, since Apple revealed that Steve Jobs is stepping aside for five months to manage his health problems, I've been impressed by the way that Apple and Jobs have handled disclosures about his condition. They've stumbled a couple of times over the past half-year or so, since the issue first emerged. They haven't always been as forthcoming as perhaps they should be. But, still, overall, they've visibly been trying to do the right thing, motivated by a desire to balance personal righ

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Apple Will Thrive Without Steve Jobs

1/14/2009
Apple has a deep management bench and will continue to thrive without Steve Jobs at the helm, according to Apple bloggers and journalists. The company announced today that Jobs is taking a five-month medical leave of absence, which sent the company's stock price into a dive. Nonetheless, blogger Robert Scoble and other bloggers and journalists Post a Comment

Did Apple Lie About Steve Jobs's Health?

1/14/2009
Update, 5 pm EST: Several hours after I posted this blog, Apple announced that Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence. Apple seems to have learned from Bill Clinton. Like our randy former chief executive being questioned about his sex life, Apple handled Steve Jobs' ongoing health problems by making statements that were literally true, but ultimately misleading. That's going to have Apple watc

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Macworld: Apple Rewards The Faithful

1/7/2009
In its final Macworld Expo, Apple introduced meaty upgrades to its software, services, and notebook line. But some Apple watchers wondered whether the Mac and iPhone maker has lost its mojo.

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Oh, Steve Jobs, Why Do You Hate Me?

1/5/2009
All last week I worked frantically on an article previewing this week's Macworld conference. The big news prior to the conference was the rumor that Steve Jobs was sick -- declining rapidly, too sick to work. "Nobody, however," I wrote, "has presented a single scrap of evidence that Jobs is actually sick. It's all a bunch of gossip." Several hours after I posted that article, Jobs release

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