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6:55 AM ET, June 24, 2006

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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon to End Service on Commercial Airplanes  —  Verizon Airfone, whose handsets have graced the backs of airline seats for more than two decades, will shut down its phone service on commercial airliners before the end of the year.  —  Verizon Communications, Airfone's parent company …
David Morgenstern / eWEEK.com:
Google and Its Continuing Dark Fiber Mystery  —  Be the first to comment on this article  —  The market is still guessing about Google's continued purchases of "dark fiber" and what that will mean to the Internet.  Yet another explanation was floated at a recent IT conference: IPv6, the next-generation Internet standard.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google dark fiber mystery  —  David Morgenstern of eWeek wrote a story today "Google And Its Continuing Dark Fiber Mystery" with various theories on why Google bought all that dark fiber.  The latest theory, which I find a little puzzling, is that Google needs the dark (unused) …
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
Amazon.com May Get a Second Life  —  When I wrote a cover story recently about Second Life and other virtual worlds, I immediately wondered why any retailer, say Amazon.com, wouldn't want to set up in-world, so people could try on clothing virtually, look at products in 3D …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HD DVD, why it sucks might not be why you think  —  Audioholics wrote about why HD-DVD has already failed.  —  I have an HD-DVD.  I spent my own $500 on it.  I also bought a $4,000 HD screen from Sony (it's a lot sharper than any of the screens my friends have).  So, that makes me an expert on HD.
Discussion: HD Beat, Ubergizmo and HDBlog.net
The Space Craft:
Windows Live Spaces is coming!  —  Windows Live Spaces is arriving soon!  Not only will your Space adopt the cool new Windows Live look & feel, but you will also be able to add new and exciting functionality to your space.  With the addition of the Friends Module, you can create a place to hang out with your friends.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Concerns Raised Over AT&T Privacy Policy  —  Consumer advocates said yesterday that a new privacy policy from AT&T Inc. marks the first time a major telecom company has asserted that customer calling and Internet records are corporate property and raises concerns about how the company tracks consumer behavior …
Associated Press:
France Softens iTunes Law, but Apple Is Still Disgruntled  —  PARIS, June 22 (AP) — Leading French lawmakers voted Thursday to water down a draft copyright law that could force Apple Computer to make its iPod music player and iTunes online store compatible with rivals' offerings.
mobiledia.com:
Cruise Lines Add Cell Phone Service  —  Carnival Cruise Lines announced plans to add cell phone service to appeal to people who don't want to lose touch with work and family while away on vacation.  —  The service will be available on all of Carnival's 21 ships by early next year as part …
Discussion: Gizmodo and 21talks
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple Lossless format coming to iTMS?  —  A new version of Apple Computer's iTunes Producer software suggest that the company may begin to offer tracks through its iTunes Music Store that are encoded in its higher-quality lossless compression format.  —  Apple introduced the format in 2004 …
Google Blogoscoped:
9 Ways to Misunderstand Web Standards  —  Misunderstanding #1: "We Need Separate Print Pages"  —  We've all seen this - a separate print page, linked to from a crowded, table-layoutish HTML page, aiming to serve no other need than being printed out (it fails, because bloggers link to print pages …
Darren Barefoot:
Matchstick Crosses the Line into Spamming  —  You know, I'm pretty sensitive to marketers who contact me.  I'm a marketer myself, and I've witnessed my fair share of bloggers cruelly publicizing naive errors on the part of PR and marketing folks.  Everyone's human, after all, and there are far more compelling things to write about.
Discussion: Unvarnished and B.Mann Consulting
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
BloggerCon: Citizen media-users know more  —  The second discussion session at BloggerCon was led by Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at NYU.  Rosen listed several questions and topics to kick off the discussion.  The Docnographer Doc Searls provides live notes from the discussion.
Discussion: MediaShift | PBS
Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
American Express Butterfly Card  —  The AMEX Butterfly card is supposed to make it easier to carry and use your AMEX Gold Card but personally I don't see it.  The main 'innovation' here is that the card itself can fold in half and fit into a metallic keychain-sized case.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Cool Hunting
Reuters:
Boeing evaluating outlook for in-flight Internet  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Boeing Co. on Thursday said it is evaluating the prospects for Connexion, its in-flight Internet venture, but declined to comment on a press report that the company may sell or close the unit.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Wifi in planes horrible business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Picture2Life Launches - Free Photo Editing For PhotoBucket, MySpace, Flickr and Hi5  —  Picture2Life is a new online image editor.  Like Pixoh (now called SnipShot) and PXN8, the service allows you to import images from sites like Flickr, MySpace, PhotoBucket and Hi5 and edit them online.
Discussion: PostBubble
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Brewster Kahle's modest mission: Archiving everything  —  Brewster Kahle is on a mission.  He wants the whole planet to have access to human knowledge.  All human knowledge.  And he's striving to make that possible—one byte at a time.  —  Ten years ago, Kahle founded the nonprofit Internet Archive …
Peter Pachal / SCI FI Tech:
Hijack billboards with the SMS Guerrilla Projector  —  Here comes gadget trouble: The SMS Guerrilla Projector is a one-off device made by Troika Art and Design in London.  Operating under the bat-signal principle, the projector shoots a text message onto whatever surface you point it at …
Discussion: Gizmodo, 21talks and OhGizmo!
Hilary Hylton / Time:
A Countersuit in the MySpace Case?  —  A 14-year-old girl is suing the social networking site, where she met the man charged with sexually assaulting her.  Now the man she says assaulted her may pursue his own legal case against MySpace  —  It has been an unlikely legal wrangle from the start.
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
 
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