No, because renaming it has the same effects on existing systems. The installed package "ownCloud" is no longer there (by that name) so future usage of apt-get can still break.
Of course it can. The repository maintainer can introduce a new package pwnCloud and turn ownCloud into a metapackage that requires pwnCloud. This "transitional package" pattern happens often in Ubuntu updates.
Still, there is an option to sign up for just the phone plans without wireless data
Are you sure Verizon will even activate voice-only service on a smartphone? AT&T sure won't.
and use wired or satellite ISPs for internet access.
And if the DSL ILEC for your area is also Verizon, too bad.
Just install HTTPS Everywhere [...] all good sites work.
You appear to call Slashdot not a good site. It redirects all HTTPS hits from non-subscribers to HTTP.
That's generally how Amazon operates. Lose money to establish a dominant market position, then start working out how to make that profitable. People used to comment that their business was to lose money on each sale, but make up for it in volume. It was a facetious comment, but with a grain of truth: Amazon couldn't afford to sell books the way that they did until they were selling enough that they could own a lot of distribution infrastructure and amortise the costs.
Ballmer isn't in any place to complain. The XBox and Zune followed the same model when he was MS CEO. It didn't work so well for the Zune, but the XBox spent years losing money before it had a sufficiently large market share to be profitable.