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10:15 AM ET, December 7, 2007


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Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's $15 billion cash hoard  —  Pop quiz: Which tech company has the most cash?  —  (A) IBM (IBM)  —  (B) Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)  —  (C) Intel (INTC)  —  (D) Google (GOOG)  —  (E) Apple (AAPL)  —  If you picked E, congratulations.  Apple's $15.4 billion stash is indeed the biggest of the group …
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Web Access and E-Mail on Flights  —  Passengers may soon hear a new in-flight announcement: "You can now log on."  —  Starting next week and over the next few months, several United States airlines will test Internet service on their planes.  —  On Tuesday, JetBlue Airways will begin offering …
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Breaking: American Airlines to offer free Wi-Fi service next year; takes lead as first totally not-crappy airline  —  We got a tip that something cool is about to hit.  I keep saying that the "no electronic devices on airplanes" thing is crap, and American Airlines, it seems, is seeing my point of view.
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.
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: and The Last Podcast
Macrovision to buy Gemstar-TV Guide  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Macrovision (MVSN.O), which makes technology that protects videos and music against illegal copying, said on Friday it agreed to buy Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST.O) in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $2.8 billion.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joseph Weisenthal /
Macrovision Buying Gemstar-TV Guide for $2.8 Billion
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
PHS300 Turns Your 3G Cellphone into a Personal Hot Spot [Gadgets]  —  Three months ago, CradlePoint brought out a portable router that let you turn your EV-DO mobile into a wi-fi router, and now they've done it again for 3G phones.  Connect your 3G mobile or USB modem to the PHS300 …
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla expands in China, inks agreement with Baidu  —  Mozilla Online, the Chinese subsidiary of the Mozilla Corporation, has announced (English translation) a deal with Chinese search engine giant Baidu.  The deal guarantees that access to the Baidu search engine will continue to be made available …
Discussion: WebProNews and Li Gong's Blog
Gemme / Search Engine Journal:
Baidu Signs Deal With Mozilla China
Discussion: and Mashable!
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
JetBlue to start testing in-flight e-mail, IM next week
Discussion: It's Rishi, Computerworld and Mashable!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Chart Image Generator  —  Google released a chart generator service they are calling the Google Chart API.  Usage is quite straightforward: you link to an image in the form of a parameterized URL, e.g. (line break added)  — chart?  cht=
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
SMS parties down on 15th birthday... again
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Western Digital network drives crippled — no serving any multimedia files
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Murdoch Said to Have Plan for Shake-Up at Dow Jones
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Hackers force mass website closures
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Best Windows Error Ever May Rip Time-Space Continuum, Destroy Reality …
Discussion:, Tech Blog and Digg
Alistair Coleman / BBC:
Students 'should use Wikipedia'
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Sign of the times  —  As broadband speeds get faster …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
EchoStar Now DISH Network Spins Off SlingBox, Set-Top Biz
Discussion: Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Tanya Irwin / MediaPost Publications:
Downloading Videos On The Rise Among High-Speed Internet Users
Discussion: last100 and GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
SAFE Act won't turn mom-and-pop shops into WiFi cops
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
There's One Thing That Can Slow Apple's iPhone Growth
Discussion: It's Rishi
Austin Modine / The Register:
Seagate buys document analysis firm
Andrew Farrell / Forbes:
Consumers Crave Apple's Macs
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Jajah Gives iPhone International Callers a VoIP Alternative [VoIP]
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Still "Not Open for Business"

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