The way the retraction avoided naming a culprit implied the PR agency or distributor that sent out the release were to blame for the error.
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The language in the retraction tried to hard to distance all the major vendors from any connection with the release, however, that all it did was imply the original release jumped the gun on its own, generating spontaneously from the overheated atmosphere of the hype-nosphere itself:
JANUARY 6, 2012 --The January 5, 2012 CES Media Alert titled "Anymode Introduces First Accessories for Samsung Galaxy Note" contained inaccurate information pertaining to AT&T and the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung , nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it. – Retraction of Anymode press release, Jan. 6, 2012
The information couldn't have originated with the PR agency or the distributor, neither of which would have known anything about the Samsung Galaxy Note if one of the vendors didn't provide the information.
But if AT&T didn't provide the information, it didn't come from Samsung and Anymode didn't say anything, then the information itself is a paradox.
If a time traveler gave William Shakespeare copies of his Compleat Works before the Bard wrote anything, allowing Shakespeare to simply copy the plays out in longhand and claim them as new, then who wrote Hamlet?
No one? Or, perhaps, the same mysterious gremlins who ensure there are gaps in the wall of secrecy vendors build around their products until they believe a sudden revelation will overwhelm, delight and extract money from their intended audiences?
Ultimately, the answer is the same for that question as the appropriate response to indignant protests from the vendors whose veil of self-serving secrecy has been pierced: Who cares?
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