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2:35 AM ET, April 4, 2007


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Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
WiFi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare Cabin Hotspots  —  BlackBerrying, Web Surfing  —  Expected Aloft Within a Year;  —  Cellphone Service May Follow  —  The days when airplanes offer a hiatus from being connected to the office are numbered.  —  After years of discussion and delay …
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:   FCC says no to mobile calls on airplanes
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   WiFi (again) flies the friendly skies
Evan Blass / Engadget:   FCC declares in-flight cellphones a dead issue for now
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
EMI to Drop Digital Locks in Web Sales  —  EMI Group, the British music giant, broke ranks with the music industry's biggest corporations yesterday by announcing a deal to sell songs online through Apple's music service without copy protection.  —  The move by EMI, which ranks last among …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Jobs unlikely to push for lift of video DRM
Discussion: Epicenter, Apple 2.0 and Techdirt
Carlo / Techdirt:   Steve Jobs Not Quite So Enthusiastic About DRM-Free Video
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vidmeter: Viacom Videos Were Only 2% of YouTube Views  —  Vidmeter Incorporated has published an in-depth study of the number and type of YouTube videos that have been removed at the request of copyright holders.  Importantly, the study analyzes not only the number of videos removed …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Not Built on Big Media's Back?
Discussion: GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Will Utah's New Trademark Bill Stop Competitive Keyword Buys?  —  Wow.  Via Techdirt, news from the EFF that the Utah legislature has passed a Trademark Protection Act law preventing people from buying ads linked to terms that are also trademarks of others.  The Trademark Blog notes the law probably violates the US Constitution.
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Mike / Techdirt:   Utah Tries To Ban Keyword Advertising On Trademarked Terms
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Drinks with Dell  —  When I blogged that I was headed down to Austin and the University of Texas last week, I got email out of the blue from Dell's chief blogger, Lionel Menchaca, inviting me to meet him and his colleagues over drinks or out at Dell HQ.  I said I hadn't been planning to pack …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati's Mating Dance  —  Update: Dave Sifry responds in the comments, saying "I'll be very clear about it - Technorati isn't for sale."  Which means, of course, that Technorati is for sale.  —  Blog search engine Technorati has always been more secretive about itself than most other startups.
New York Times:
DoubleClick to Set Up an Exchange for Buying and Selling Digital Ads  —  DOUBLECLICK, which delivers marketing messages to Web sites and monitors how many clicks they get, plans to announce today that it is setting up a Nasdaq-like exchange for the buying and selling of digital advertisements.
Mike / Techdirt:
How Can New Satellite Radio Merger Analysis Be 'Independent' When The NAB Paid For It?  —  from the curious-how-that-works dept  —  Research firm, The Carmel Group, has come out with a new report that supposedly tries to show why having XM and Sirius merge would be bad for consumers.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Greenpeace Ranks Apple Last in Greenness  —  Greenpeace Int'l Ranks Apple Last for Environmental Friendliness, While Lenovo Group Tops List  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Greenpeace International placed Apple Inc. last in its rankings of major electronics makers for their environmental friendliness …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
ICANN may be looking for immunity from U.S. law  —  The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.
Mike Beltzner / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Keep track of your friends with The Coop  —  Just a few years ago, one of the most popular uses of the internet was to send jokes, cute pictures, and news stories to friends and family (social networks) via email.  Fast forward to today, and you'll find that not a lot has changed except the medium.
Yi-Wyn Yen / Business 2.0 Beta: Is Just the Beginning  —  Yesterday morning, 23-year-old Justin Kan, the founder of, was interviewed on the Today show where Ann Curry grilled him with hard-hitting questions about his 24/7 online reality show.  "So, this is like a MySpace in video?" she asked.
Live Maps:
New Version of Live Maps Launches!  —  This afternoon a new release of Live Maps was launched, the sixth major rev since July 7, 2005 when V1 went out.  Among the new feature items are a bunch of bug fixes, performance improvements and enhancements to existing functionality.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of RSS  —  There is little doubt that RSS is a disruptive, game-changing technology.  The so called Really Simple Syndication (previously also called Rich Site Summary and RDF Site Summary), has powered a fundamentally new way to deliver and consume web content.
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