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The JooJoo had all the makings of a David-and-Goliath story. A Singaporean company no one ever heard of shipped its own media slate weeks before Apple shipped the iPad. On paper, it looked good -- but the actual product suffered from an inability to live up to its ambitions. It was as if someone used a Go-Kart to race a Camaro.
Of course, the JooJoo story was more interesting than the standard David-and-Goliath one, given its origins as the CrunchPad, whose bizarre saga enraptured the blogosphere for months as megalomaniac Michael Arrington, then of the TechCrunch website, blogged about the ups and downs of lauching his own tablet. That poor Singaporean firm (Fusion Magic Garage) must have been blinded by Arrington's star power, not seeing the insanity that lay within. Some people should never be allowed to drive -- much less design -- the car.
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