iSue – First pictures/video of headless iMac branded iHome

iSue – First pictures/video of headless iMac branded iHome: (I’m convinced now this is a wonderful prank, see update VI) (It’s just come to my attention that this has not hit /. or most of the Mac rumor sites, so you’d better hurry and see it before the site is overrun. I’m trying to figure out how to mirror it, but am heading out the door If that other link doesn’t work, I’ve mirrored it here — for academic purposes only, of course.) If Apple is suing a blogger for spreading the rumor there is going to be a “headless iMac,” I wonder what they’re going to do to the person who just released this photo and video of the iHome? (via: well, I can’t reveal my sources, sorry.)

Update: I have no idea whether or not these photos are legitimate or not (hey, what do you think I am, a journalist?). I have set up a mirror page of the linked-to page and will link to it momentariliy.)

Update II: Again, for the record, I am not actually blogging the rumor that this is legit. I am merely blogging the phenomenon of the release of this real or hoax set of photos/video, that I have mirrored here for academic purposes, only.

Update III via Tim Germer ( , follow the blogosphere’s coverage of these real or fake photos at this technorati watchlist for the word iHome.

Update IV: At 8:57 p.m., EST, engadget joins in the speculation: real or fake?

Update V: Gizmodo joins in (no time stamp).

Update VI: By midnight, some severe fisking is taking place on the Macrumors forum and, inspired by Rathergate, they run the photo through Microsoft word and discover some, well, unMac-like things. Tim Germer and I declare, “fake.” Oh well, I’m sure the real deal will be much cooler.

Update VII: However, the pictured iHome already has some pre-orders.

What’s so confusing?

What’s so confusing? Folio: has the headline, “Religion, Retirement Top ‘Confusing’ List of Custom Publications,” on a story about a list ranking the top corporate-branded publications. Again, the list is clearly titled “top corporate-branded publications,” not “top custom magazines,” and there’s even this explanation: “(The list) is comprised of newsletters and magazines that support pre-existing brands.”

Despite this clearly-worded explanation, the dazed writer adds the sentence, “But the list includes a number of titles not often considered custom.”

Okay. Did it say this was a list of titles often considered custom? No.

For the record, the list includes a number of titles not often considered to be airplanes.

No-news is no-news

No-news is no-news: Let me get this straight. There’s a long Reuters story that says basically this: The NY Times is “mulling” charging users of (and, oh by the way, the Wall Street Journal charges subscribers) but hasn’t decided to do anything about it yet.

For the past ten years, the NY Times has been mulling that over. Unless they actually DO announce they are going to charge, IT IS NOT NEWS.

Here’s some REAL news for you however: I heard that the NY Times, frustrated that they can’t figure out how to charge readers for using their website, has decided to make money by setting up bookstores in airports.

Another reason I’m glad the election is over

Another reason I’m glad the election is over: Three months ago, several thousand blogger-hours would have been devoted to explaining why today’s news of employment growth is good or bad news, true or false, the dawnning of a bright day or a sure sign of coming gloom. For me, I’m going to say only: It just is, alright.

Quote from WSJ (subscription required):

Payroll employment increased by a total of 2.2 million jobs in 2004, said Kathleen Utgoff, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was the best showing since 1999, when employers added 3.2 million positions. In 2003, there was a net reduction of 61,000 payroll jobs.