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No video on iPhone speech?

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Apple CEO Steve jobs will be taking the floor any minute now at the Apple World Wide Developers' Conference in San Francisco, and maybe it's just us but it seems curious that there is no live video of this event. For people wondering what the influential Jobs will say and introduce, they will have to rely on the dozens of bloggers who will be blogging and twittering his every word to like-minded readers.

Which is good for the bloggers, but also kind of weird that news of a device designed to stream the internet and watch video with greater ease wouldn't be available as anything other than a text feed.

It makes us wonder how much Apple could get if they offered the speech for download on iTunes? Would Apple fanatics make it a best-seller that day or would it be dismissed as a cash grab?

Perhaps the danger of streaming the video live has to do with the current 2G iPhone: not only would it be potentially slow to watch, but the owners of said devices might also be overcome by the feeling that, once again, they were paying the price of being early adopters.

UPDATE: One hour into Apple's presentation, which so far has been an ongoing parade of interesting but hardly revolutionary new applications for the iPhone, the company's stock has dropped by $5. It looks like investors may be getting worried that nothing of substance is going to come of the much ballyhooed event.

UPDATE 2: We stand corrected: there is video of this thing. Techcrunch is streaming the speech, from an iPhone no less.

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