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Riots and 2005 Rumors
TechFan Podcast #42

On August 12, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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It’s a mixed bag of the fun and deadly serious this week as David Cohen brings us up to date on the rioting, looting, and rampant disorder going on in London and the rest of the U.K. this week and how technology is playing a part. Then, in the second half of the show, Tim and David go back in time to May 2005, and take a listen to MyMac Podcast 27 in which then hosts Chad Perry and Tim Robertson (Yes, THAT Tim Robertson) had a segment in which they rated the current Apple rumors. How did they do? Listen to find out, it’s a can’t miss!

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Mac Rumors, You Know You Want Them

On December 4, 2003, in Opinion, by Chris Seibold

Recently a huge Mac rumor was unleashed: McDonalds was going to give away a billion (that’s like a million but with a B) songs via iTunes. The rumor was never exactly denied but it was also never confirmed. So McDonalds might still give away a billion songs, but then again McDonalds might not. So the rumor (reported as fact) is now just a rumor again and the net result is a zero increase in certainty. This is a fine opportunity to engage in a little free form speculation: McDonalds won’t give away a billion songs via iTunes. Why do I say that? I have my reasons: Mayor McCheese isn’t a very strong authority figure and can you really expect the Hamburgular to go legit? (Note how the preceding was presented as speculation.)

Whether or not Grimace starts passing out John Hartford singles the entire sordid affair says a little bit about the nature of Mac Rumors. The first thing the McTunes fiasco says is: If you put a rumor in print on paper it’s reported as absolute fact. If MacIndustrialEspionage.com had reported the same rumor it would be widely ignored, or if not ignored it would be cited as: “MacIndustrialEspionage.com is reporting” instead of “ApplepieTunes” (Oh, the delicious pun). To be fair many sites did run the “Daily Post is Reporting…” right under the monster headline “McDonalds to Give Away a Billion iTunes” so we should cut a little slack to the more cautious web sites. I digress, the point of this particular missive is not on the proper format when reporting a rumor but the value of a Mac rumor in general. That value, it turns out, is very low.

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