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Microsoft’s tablet won’t win the war

On Aug. 2, 216 BC, an army of 80,000 Roman soldiers was nearly annihilated by Hannibal of Carthage. Others would have surrendered; the Romans just got mad.

Which brings us to Microsoft Corp. Its Surface tablet computer, designed to challenge Apple Inc’s iPad, has rung up a $900 million loss — that’s real money, even for Microsoft. Any other company would have retreated; Microsoft chose to reload.

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