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Apple slate "impending," says NYT exec editor; Much ado about nothing?

There's quite a ruckus brewing after Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, said that an Apple slate---read iTablet---was "impending."Gawker, Engadget and others have made hay over the following line, which comes at 8:30 in the video below:"I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate or whatever comes after that.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

There's quite a ruckus brewing after Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, said that an Apple slate---read iTablet---was "impending."

Gawker, Engadget and others have made hay over the following line, which comes at 8:30 in the video below:

"I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate or whatever comes after that."

Bill Keller speaks to the digital group at The New York Times from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

The big question: Was Keller divulging top secret information or just indicating what most of us already believe: Apple has an iTablet in the works?

You'd assume Keller would at least know if the Times was collaborating with Apple. But it's unlikely that Apple would fill Keller in on much. Overall, this slip-up may not amount to much. Watch the video and decide.

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