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Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In by Brian X. Chen

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Chapter 9
iSpy: the end of privacy
No one expected Kris Allen to win 2009’s American Idol—not even Allen himself. Throughout the show’s eighth season, TV pundits raved about contestant Adam Lambert, who dazzled judges and audiences with his “immaculate” vocals and a show-stopping performance that even reduced Paula Abdul to tears. Allen, too, felt dubious about his own victory. “I’m sorry, I don’t even know what to feel right now. This is crazy,” he said on stage after hearing he had won. “It feels good, but Adam deserves this.”
Allen was considered a long shot. He didn’t wow judges until a semifinal round with his rendition of Kanye West’s “Heartless.” It was a close call: out of one hundred million votes from viewers, Allen won by less than ...

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