Usually our "Who Won the Day" pieces focus on opinionmakers who add
extra insight to the salient issue of the day. But today we're
highlighting Jason Calacanis, a rambunctious tech mogul who willingly
deceived a good many readers with his early morning tweeting
On the eve of Apple's unveiling of the iPad
Calacanis claimed he had the device in his hands and gave a generous
appraisal of it saying it's the "best gadget ever made." He went on to
enumerate the iPad's newfangled features including a solar panel,
fingerprint identification and two built-in cameras (things it doesn't
have). While no mainstream news outlets reported it as truth, a number
of them passed on
the gossip (including this one
not clear whether Calacanis's stunt was a joke, or a broader message
about the eagerness of tech blogs to relay half-baked information.
Either way, his prank may give gadget writers pause next time
they come across questionable rumors--this site included.
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