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3:25 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.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet to Invade the Airways
USA Today:
JetBlue to offer some in-flight Wi-Fi for e-mail, messaging
Discussion: Digital Daily, Gadgetell and PSFK
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
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.
Discussion: Techlog
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, CrunchGear and Digg
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.
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.
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 …
Business Week:
Next-Gen DVDs: Advantage, Sony  —  Sony-led backers of Blu-ray seem to have pulled ahead of rivals in the race for a single high-def DVD standard  —  It's a fight with more plot twists and intrigue than a Hollywood thriller.  For two years now, rival camps have been battling over which new DVD format …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony exec confirms PS3 will get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 this month
Discussion: CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
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:
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.
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).
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.
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Man Proposes to Girlfriend Using Zune, Glenn Medeiros, Cheese and Love [Man Uses Zune To Propose]  —  Gizmodo reader Ben Podbielski proposed to his girlfriend on Wednesday, using a pink Zune Original.  Uploaded onto the player was a video set to a romantic ballad.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Got Zune?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Venture Summit: Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?  —  So I moderated a panel yesterday at AlwaysOn's Venture Summit West, held at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, California, with the title "Is There Still an Upside to the Internet?"  —  Of course, I redubbed it: "Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?"
Discussion: Epicenter, CNET and Valleywag
Associated Press:
Syria blocks access to Facebook  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian authorities have blocked Facebook, the popular Internet hangout, over what seems to be fears of Israeli "infiltration" of Syrian social networks on the Net, according to residents and media reports.
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Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
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Kindling  —  When I started writing this column in the spring …
Discussion: Webomatica and AppleInsider
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta goes portable
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider: No Facebook Effect, Yet
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's Plan For a Decade-Long Delay of Consumer Copyright Concerns
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft architect compares Volta and Google's GWT
Discussion: BetaNews
Megan Thee / New York Times:
Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling
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Counterfeit Software Entering Retail Stores
Discussion: Ars Technica
 Earlier Items: 
Julie Kent / Search Engine Journal:
Research Firm Says Yahoo, MSN, & Google Have Major Page-Caching Flaw
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Gets (Carbon) Dated? [Delays]
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The Cult of Kindle  —  I'd not given Amazon's Kindle ebook reader …
Gerry Block / IGN Gear:
Nyko Reveals Wireless Wii Nunchuck
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, CrunchGear and Kotaku
Becky Bitzenhofer / Compete Blog:
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla expands in China, inks agreement with Baidu
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
FTC Slaps AdultFriendFinder For Porn Pop-ups
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
A note to Nancy Pelosi regarding the PRO IP act