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Fuck this is a shitty way to have to view an event in this century.

I agree, but it sure does feed the hype machine. Think about how many news sites are hosting live blogs, and how many incidental visitors are seeing front page articles about it, and have been seeing ads for the live blog for days leading up to today.

Now contrast that to a company where anyone can watch the announcement live. I think most places you'd just get an article or two at the end of a product announcement, because the people who really care will just watch the announcement themselves.

Save time. Wait 'til it's over, and then find out everything you actually want to know when someone posts a summary.

Do we have a summary so far? There's an iPhone 5, I assume? How does it differ from the iPhone 4?

iPhone 4S, differences are better camera, A5 processor.

The "This webpage is not available" page is even better!

ars is still up at least: http://live.arstechnica.com/Event/iPhone_5

IRC with image links would have been easier to consume.

For free.

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