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2:00 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 …
USA Today:
JetBlue to offer some in-flight Wi-Fi for e-mail, messaging
Discussion: PSFK and Gadgetell
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.
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.
Dave Taylor / The Intuitive Life Business Blog:
Big Business "Blog Council" created, business world yawns  —  I woke up this morning to a lot of fawning messages from people in the blogosphere about the new Blog Council, founded by a dozen big companies that generally just don't have a clue about modern customer relations and marketing …
Blog Council:
Corporate Bloggers Launch the "Blog Council" Organization
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).
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.
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
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:
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.
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Keep All Your Microsoft Office Documents In Sync with Google Docs
Discussion: CyberNet and jkOnTheRun
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:, The Register and DSLreports
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.
Julie Kent / Search Engine Journal:
Research Firm Says Yahoo, MSN, & Google Have Major Page-Caching Flaw  —  A "significant" vulnerability has been found in the page-caching technologies of the three major search engines - Google, Yahoo, & Microsoft Live Search.  Researchers at Aladdin Knowledge Systems discovered the flaw …
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
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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Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony exec confirms PS3 will get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 this month
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
Megan Thee / New York Times:
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Gets (Carbon) Dated? [Delays]
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The Cult of Kindle  —  I'd not given Amazon's Kindle ebook reader …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Coke Promotes Itself in a New Virtual World
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Police Extend OiNK's Bail Date and Returns Servers, Wiped!
Discussion: Digg
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A Preview of the Meatpacking Apple Store
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FTC Slaps AdultFriendFinder For Porn Pop-ups
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Western Digital network drives crippled — no serving any multimedia files
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Hackers force mass website closures
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Alistair Coleman / BBC:
Students 'should use Wikipedia'
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