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I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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Sometimes these 16-year-olds blow me away

When I was 16 I barely knew anything about anything but here is +Nick D'Aloisio who does a better pitch for his technology and company that many CEOs who are twice his age can do. Listen in, as he describes his technology and app, called http://www.summly.com which summarizes longer posts.

I met Nick in the hallways at the DLD Conference in Munich.
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Read up on http://decide.com new features, as written up on the Next Web: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/07/31/decide-com-taps-the-power-of-the-web-with-crowdsourced-product-recommendations/ 

Here you see Mike Fridgen, CEO of Decide.com and Shauna Causey, VP of Marketing, talk about how they are aggregating the best reviews and making them better than any other service. Have you tried it? What do you think?

Where do you go for the best product reviews?
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