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11:55 AM ET, December 7, 2007

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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Breaking: American Airlines to offer 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.
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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 …
USA Today:
JetBlue to offer some in-flight Wi-Fi for e-mail, messaging
Discussion: Gadgetell
Evan Blass / Engadget:
JetBlue introduces free in-flight email, IM
Discussion: AppScout and Digg
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.
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 …
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Will new Blog Council help big companies get small conversations?
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 …
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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 and Sunbelt Blog
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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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Traffic Surges in October
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Om Malik / GigaOM:
EchoStar Now DISH Network Spins Off SlingBox, Set-Top Biz  —  EchoStar, the Satellite Broadcasting Company is finally changing its name to DISH Network, the company said in a filing with the SEC. Why the change?  EchoStar wants its new name to truly reflect its true business.
bookofjoe:
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 …
Gerry Block / IGN Gear:
Nyko Reveals Wireless Wii Nunchuck  —  Exclusive news and first pictures revealed.  —  The Wii is a pretty slick system in many ways, from the small and understated proportions of the console to the minimalist yet powerful Wiimote.  In our minds, its only really glaring aesthetic shortcoming …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Kotaku
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
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Gemme / Search Engine Journal:
Baidu Signs Deal With Mozilla China
Discussion: ChinaTechNews.com and Mashable!
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Macrovision to buy Gemstar for $2.8 bln, shares fall  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macrovision (MVSN.O) said on Friday it would buy Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST.O) for $2.8 billion in cash and stock, but investors were skeptical of its bet to deliver entertainment across consumer devices, sending shares of both companies sharply lower.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Macrovision Buying Gemstar-TV Guide for $2.8 Billion
Becky Bitzenhofer / Compete Blog:
Google Docs and Spreadsheets  —  Lately, I seem to be getting more invites to view a Google document (rather than a Word document).  I guess I'm not surprised though.  It has been just over a year since Google Docs and Spreadsheets was officially released, and it has been just under a year since Microsoft released Office 2007.
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: Electronista and DSLreports
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Software Freedom Law Center goes after Verizon over GPL  —  The Software Freedom Law Center on Friday said it has filed a suit against Verizon Communications alleging that it has violated the terms of the General Public License, which governs the use of thousands of free and open-source software products.
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
 
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