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9:00 AM ET, December 7, 2007


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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Free in-flight Wi-Fi on JetBlue with a catch, of course  —  This isn't exactly what we expected in terms of in-flight Wi-Fi, but beggars can't be choosers and something is better than nothing.  JetBlue, Yahoo! and RIM have announced free in-flight Wi-Fi services starting on the 11th of this month.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FTC Slaps AdultFriendFinder For Porn Pop-ups  —  Adult dating site AdultFriendFinder, rumored to have been acquired in November for $1 billion is on the wrong side of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with a settlement that restricts AdultFriendFinder's promotional activities.
Discussion: WebProNews
Federal Trade Commission:
Adult-Oriented Online Social Networking Operation Settles FTC Charges; Unwitting Consumers Pelted With Sexually Graphic Pop-Ups  —  An operation that foisted sexually explicit online pop-up ads on unwitting consumers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the practice violated federal law.
Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
Amazon Kindle a Fraud?  —  That's essentially what bookofjoe reader Steve Saroff contends.  —  Below is his comment, received last night at 10:40:12 p.m., on my recent "Kindle Blogs" post.  —  Personally, I believe Steve's letting Amazon off the hook far too easily: how about a no-questions …
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Dr. Seuss Jumble: Naming Web Sites  —  Could it possibly be true?  Has all wit and cleverness already dried up in the naming of Web sites, less than 15 years after the Internet was opened to the public?  —  In the beginning, Web sites announced their own names.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple Future Headline: New Products Including Super Laptop?  —  A very good source of mine with good connections to Apple's  —  [AAPL Loading...  (%) ] Asian manufacturing partners called me this morning with some news: Seems like Apple will be making headlines in the next few weeks …
Discussion: Mark Evans, CNET and Gizmodo
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
A note to Nancy Pelosi regarding the PRO IP act  —  This morning I read about Chairman Conyers' proposed PRO IP act, and as others in the technology industry have, I lowered my head sadly.  While I only recently became an American citizen, it seems quite clear to me that this is yet another sad sign …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Edgeio To Shut Down - In The DeadPool  —  Edgeio, a company I co-founded in 2005, had a final board meeting this evening and made the decision to shut down operations of the company.  We are putting it into the TechCrunch DeadPool.  —  Edgieo first launched in February 2006 after a beta period.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Beacon Inflating Facebook's Visitor Numbers?  —  While Facebook's Beacon program has been drawing the ire of many people because of the privacy issues surrounding it, advertisers might be equally concerned about whether Beacon is inflating Facebook's overall visitor and traffic numbers.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SmugMug Automatically Scales Photos and Video, Supports High Definition Video  —  SmugMug has released a set of new features that further cements itself as a first-rate photo sharing website.  —  The first of these constitutes just a user interface upgrade, but a very attractive one at that.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Western Digital network drives crippled — no serving any multimedia files  —  Gary sez, "This is the most extreme example I've seen yet of tech companies crippling data devices in order to please Hollywood: Western Digital is disabling sharing of any avi, divx, mp3, mpeg …
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Hackers force mass website closures  —  Hundreds of websites have been shut down temporarily by one of the largest web hosting companies in Britain after the personal details of customers were stolen by computer hackers.  —  The hackers managed to access the "master database" …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Murdoch Said to Have Plan for Shake-Up at Dow Jones  —  With a week to go before the News Corporation takes control of Dow Jones & Company, there are already management changes under way at the top of Dow Jones.  —  Richard F. Zannino, Dow Jones's chief executive, will leave the company …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and BoomTown
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
There's One Thing That Can Slow Apple's iPhone Growth  —  As I start to look at getting a mobile device, I have watched the pros and cons for each with great interest.  Today was the coldest day of the year in NYC so far — with the windchill -4C.  Will we see a slowdown in Apple (AAPL) iPhone growth during the winter months?
Discussion: It's Rishi
Google Code Blog:
Embed charts in webpages with one of our simplest APIs yet  —  Today we're launching the Google Chart API, a really simple tool for creating charts and graphs that are perfect for websites.  —  Let's get straight in with an example.  This URL:  — chart?
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Sign of the times  —  As broadband speeds get faster …
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Discussion: Engadget
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