Daring Fireball: Generals’ War

John Gruber, with good sources at Google as well as Apple, revisits his earlier article on “the escalating contention” between the companies and finds that the engineers at both find it “weird.” But he doesn’t doubt, in either article, that the bad blood is real – and the rivalry will only increase as the two firms both focus on the post-PC markets and revenues of mobile computing.

Daring Fireball: Generals’ War

Wired: How the Tablet Will Change the World

Steven Levy’s cover essay on the iPad hedges his admiration of the curated environment of the app store vs the potential of Google’s open cloud approach. 

Somewhat more interesting are the short pieces by 13 writers, mostly with tech or futurist cred (Martha Stewart?), most of whm see a dramatic shift in the computing world as tablet computing (not necessarily the iPad) develops.

Rude comments by tablet and iPad skeptics abound below each article.

The iPad will sell well; it will be especially popular with children and older people. What I’m eager to see and can’t predict is what it will lead to – the ecosystem it creates. Some of these essays hint at that; none really seems to capture it, which is hardly surprising.

Wired: How the Tablet Will Change the World

Gail Collins: Saints Preserve Us

I’ve kind of lost my sense of humor when it comes to the health care vote tomorrow, so it’s good to see that Gail Collins hasn’t.

But she gets serious in the second half of today’s column, and here’s where we’re in total agreement:

If it passes, the short-term political consequences are unknowable. But in 10 years, people will look back in amazement that we once lived in a time when Americans couldn’t get health care coverage if they were sick, when insurance companies could cut off your benefits for being sick, and when run-of-the-mill serious illnesses routinely destroyed families’ financial security.

And if it passes, Barack Obama will have validated his presidency. 

It feels like we’re on the eve of a national election – one that really matters. Here’s hoping it turns out right. Tomorrow looks like a good day for C-SPAN.

Gail Collins: Saints Preserve Us

NYT: Democrats to Watch on the Health Care Vote

The Times now has an up-to-date interactive chart on its web site showing 32 Democrats still in play on the HCR vote. The current tally according to the NYT’s Caucus blog is 199 Yes and 200 No.

Update: By the Times count there are now 203 Yes, 204 No, and 24 Undecided at the end of today. I have a feeling that the No votes have revealed themselves first and that the Democratic leadership has a good idea where the votes are coming from to get this through. What they don’t know yet is how many Yes votes they will allow to vote No for local political reasons. This may not be as close as it seems – or even as close as the final vote will be. But this article after tonight’s Democratic caucus meeting may mean I’m wrong about all of that.

NYT: Democrats to Watch on the Health Care Vote

CJR: The Education of Herb And Marion Sandler

Jeff Horwitz, writing in the latest Columbia Journalism Review, examines the way The New York Times and CBS covered the mortgage lending practices of Golden West Financial Corporation in the years just before it was purchased by Wachovia. This is an important story to get right in all the details, in part because Mr. and Mrs. Sandler, who led Golden West for more than 40 years, have a foundation that is the principal financial backer of the investigative journalism web site ProPublica and other liberal causes.

CJR: The Education of Herb And Marion Sandler