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What the “Gphone” Means for Consumers: Good News & Bad News

Google CellphoneSo Google today announced its plans to be the latest force in the cellphone industry. The gist of the press release is that Google has partnered with 34 companies to develop and release an “open source” operating system, user interface, and applications. What this means in terms of the highly anticipated Gphone is best explained in the words of the Google engineer in charge of the project, Andy Rubin: “We are not building a GPhone; we are enabling 1,000 people to build a GPhone.”

This is really only news if you’re a developer. As for what this means for technology consumers specifically, see below for a compilation of the most relevant and interesting quotes surrounding the latest news of the pseudo-Gphone:

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Study: Web News Readers Spend More Online Than Average Online Shoppers

A new study out this week claims that users that browse newspaper websites are more likely to be online shoppers. Newspaper website browsers apparently spend quite a bit more online than your average online shopper. Readers are more likely than other Internet users to spend “upwards of $1,000 online annually.”

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