Michael Arrington, founder of the influential tech blog TechCrunch, has been talking for a year about building a touch-screen tablet for web surfing. Now, it appears the device — which he calls the CrunchPad — is about to become a reality, reports the New York Times. The purpose of the CrunchPad will be very simple: surfing the web. Turn it on and up comes a browser. It is nothing more than "an internet consumption device" for reading, checking eMail, or watching video, Arrington said. It will not have a hard drive or keyboard, though users can plug it into a keyboard if they wish. It will cost less than $300, he said. The CrunchPad will be 16 millimeters thick with a screen of at least 12 inches that is flush with the aluminum case, and it will come in different colors. It will run on an Intel Atom chip and support Flash, which the Apple iPhone cannot. Arrington said the CrunchPad would be different from netbooks, the mini-laptops that have small keyboards and offer more capabilities than just a browser, such as running Microsoft Word. The additional applications bog down the performance of netbooks, Arrington said…

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