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2:30 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet to Invade the Airways
Rafat Ali /
Macrovision-Gemstar: What's In TVGuide's Future  —  The Macrovision-Gemstar-TV Guide deal makes conceptual sense on the technology and services side, but what about the media business?  What about the magazine, the TV channel, and the websites?  It doesn't really seem central …
Discussion: TV Decoder
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Macrovision/Gemstar: The Early Read From The Street
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Macrovision to buy Gemstar-TV Guide
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
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.
Discussion: and The Register
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.
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Western Digital 1TB MyBook Drives Infested With DRM?  [Peripherals]  —  The guys at Wired and BoingBoing stirred up a hornet's nest this morning by alleging that Western Digital's 1TB MyBook World Edition external hard drives "won't share media files over network connections."
Discussion: The Register and Digg
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 …
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, according to a filing with the SEC. Why the change?  EchoStar wants its name to truly reflect its true business.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Coke Promotes Itself in a New Virtual World  —  COCA-COLA lovers will have a new place to hang out starting today, and it is an island on the Internet that is shaped like a Coke bottle.  —  At CC Metro, the name of the island, visitors can set up a virtual alter ego known as an avatar …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Sub Domains To Be Treated As Folders By Google  —  Matt Cutts of Google said at PubCon that Google will be treating sub domains similar to how they treat folders on a site.  I reported this at the Search Engine Roundtable on a post by Tedster at WebmasterWorld, where Tedster said:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Crazy Cousins Thank Gordon Crovitz  —  One of the nice things about having a blog is that I can mouth off on just about anything I want and include whatever I want too (such as, for example, shamelessly making videos of my kids in a fruitless attempt to try to cajole Yahoo's Jerry Yang into having lunch with me).
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Commodore 64 still loved after all these years  —  (CNN) — Like a first love or a first car, a first computer can hold a special place in people's hearts.  For millions of kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64.  Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as strong as ever.
PC World:
Counterfeit Software Entering Retail Stores  —  Counterfeit products and software are becoming so sophisticated it's often hard for users to distinguish the real from the fake.  —  Maxine Cheung, IT  —  Recommend this story?  —  Two years ago, when Amanda Barr tried installing …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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, Engadget, CrunchGear and Kotaku
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft architect compares Volta and Google's GWT
Discussion: BetaNews
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Microsoft Vista's IPv6 raises new security concerns
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony exec confirms PS3 will get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 this month
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Megan Thee / New York Times:
Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling
Julie Kent / Search Engine Journal:
Research Firm Says Yahoo, MSN, & Google Have Major Page-Caching Flaw
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The Cult of Kindle  —  I'd not given Amazon's Kindle ebook reader …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress' copyright reform: seize computers, boost penalties, spend money
Discussion: Digg
Becky Bitzenhofer / Compete Blog:
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Jen Carlson / Gothamist:
A Preview of the Meatpacking Apple Store
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla expands in China, inks agreement with Baidu
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
PHS300 Turns Your 3G Cellphone into a Personal Hot Spot [Gadgets]
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FTC Slaps AdultFriendFinder For Porn Pop-ups