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The iPad is Ready to Start the Revolution

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In case you haven't already heard: Apple has unveiled its newest gadget, which is essentially a giant iPod touch with one of the worst product names in the history of marketing. The 9.7-inch touch screen allows users to surf the web wirelessly with a 10-hour battery, utilize the brazillion apps in the Apple store, watch movies on a more normal-sized screen, and read books, newspapers and possibly magazines anywhere you go. The 1.5-pound device starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes of storage. Could this be the key to revitalizing the publishing industry? Or the beginning of the end, now that blogs can also be read anywhere you go? [LA Times]