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The Apple Broadcast Network 190

Hodejo1 writes "In 1959 5,749,000 television sets were sold in the US, bringing the cumulative total of sets sold since 1950 to 63,542,128 units. This number supported, through advertising, three national television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS (a fourth, Dumont, folded in 1956) and numerous local independent stations. Now here are another set of numbers. As of April this year Apple sold 75 million iPhone and iPod touch units, devices capable of delivering video via Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Add to that figure 2 million iPads and counting. By the end of the year Apple should have about 90 million smart mobile devices in the wild. That makes a proprietary amalgam greater than what the TV networks had in 1959 and one that easily serves as a foundation for a pending broadcast network that will be delivered not through tall radio towers, but through small wireless hubs and the Internet. Call it the Apple Broadcast Network. iAd is how Apple plans to pay for it."
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The Apple Broadcast Network

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  • Re:Drivel.. (Score:4, Funny)

    by IndustrialComplex ( 975015 ) on Saturday June 05, 2010 @08:12PM (#32472012)

    Hell and the summary sounds like it came from the movie 'The Ten Commandments'. And Apple declares it.... So let it be written.

  • Re:Drivel.. (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, 2010 @09:34PM (#32472378)

    Oh, so the firehose ignores you, as well. I've noticed it ignores me, too.

    Still, I eat my own... what's that? Do you? Oh, that makes two of us. Coprophage, I think is the term.

    Well, yes, the *accepted* term. I think 'Ballmerite' is going too far...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 05, 2010 @09:42PM (#32472416)

    Using my rough calculations, with $100 bills, $900 million is about 1 cubic meter in volume. Apple makes about $8 billion in profit per year. 1 bucket (unit) is 0.01818 m^3. This is about 480 bucketloads of cash (roughly 80 tonnes). Really, at this scale they should be thinking of using barrels or truckloads to move their cash. Even a pipeline would be more feasible than buckets.

egrep -n '^[a-z].*\(' $ | sort -t':' +2.0