quote: 'According to Timesman Jack Malvern, liberal politician Shirley Williams -- also known as the Baroness Williams of Crosby -- recently recounted to an audience in Brighton that "my good friend Tony Blair" told her the following anecdote:"Blair, Bush and [French President] Jacques Chirac were discussing economics and, in particular, the decline of the French economy. 'The problem with the French,' Bush confided to Blair, 'is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur.' "
quote: "entrepreneur" was first used in French in 1253.
quote: Right... 'cause the U.S. economy is whistling right along.
quote: When freemarket means "no regulations", then freemarkt is basically economic anarchy where the most powerful wins
quote: I fail to see how exclusivity arrangements between cell phone manufacturers and cellular providers implicates the same concerns as traditional monopolies. The market that the AT&T/Apple agreement covers can hardly be considered large enough or important enough to warrant regulation: AT&T is not the only cellular provider in the country, and the iPhone is not the only smart phone in the market. Even if I were to concede that the iPhone is the only "smart phone" (I think "luxury phone" would be better terminology), it isn't something as important, as say, energy, or, you know, having a job, to justify regulation. And it isn't as if there is something peculiar about the "luxury phone" market that prohibits other companies from manufacturing an alternative version of the iPhone (compared to the peculiarities of the energy market - the infrastructure costs I mentioned above).
quote: Apple and Orange will team up in France
quote: Apple would not comment on whether its agreement to sell unlocked iPhones in France could be mirrored in the U.S., but it seems unlikely to do so, unless legally compelled to.