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MSN’s Money Central reports:

When your new product features on more blogs than even the US President, it seems safe to say you hit the launch marketer’s goal: create awareness … The iPhone, the multi-functional device unveiled by Apple, the US electronics group, on January 9, did precisely that … According to Nielsen BuzzMetrics, a system which tracks English language blogs, the music, phone and web device was mentioned by more blogs than either George W. Bush or McDonald’s for the next 10 days.

Just imagine the groundswell that would be happening if Apple was going to allow third-party developers. In the long run, closed systems, such as those created by Microsoft, don’t have sustainable “grassroots” followers. Witness the Zune and it’s pathetically manufactured buzz.