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7:55 AM ET, August 18, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boeing Boeing .... Gone  —  Is it a case of don't trust the early adopters?  Boeing's Connexion "broadband in the sky" service received rave reviews from most of the early adopters who wrote long paeans about the service, and how they could Skype and work in the sky.  —  The mass market thought otherwise.
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International Herald Tribune:
Boeing: In-flight Internet didn't fly on low demand  —  PARIS Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky, or perhaps the business plan that just couldn't fly.  —  Boeing on Thursday scrapped its in- flight Internet service, saying there was insufficient demand.  —  Don't tell that to the customers.
Discussion: Ed Brill and InfoWorld Tech Watch
BBC:
Boeing exits in-flight broadband  —  Boeing is scrapping its in-flight high speed broadband service because of lack of interest from leading airlines.  —  The discontinuation of its Connexion service will cost the plane maker $320m (£169m) in one-off charges.
Discussion: Vacuum and Bradley Horowitz's Blog
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
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Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details  —  After lots of quality time groping the Zune like blind man on his wedding night, our people give us the lowdown on the player's functionality.  Get the scoop after the jump!  —  First off, that scroll wheel you see?  That's not a wheel.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts
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Back to the Mac  —  It took nearly two weeks to get the PowerBook fixed …
Dharmesh Shah / OnStartups.com:
Hindsight 2.0: Lessons From A Failed Web 2.0 Startup  —  Certain circles are buzzing with the news that Kiko is on sale on eBay.  I first heard the news last week, but it wasn't public until today so I didn't want to write about it.  —  For those that don't know who/what Kiko was …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Hindsight 2.0, Lessons from a Failed Web 2.0 startup
apple.com:
Report on iPod Manufacturing  —  Like many of you, we were concerned by reports in the press a few weeks ago alleging poor working and living conditions at a manufacturing facility in China where iPods are assembled.  Our Supplier Code of Conduct mandates that suppliers of Apple products …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate  —  The Wall Street Journal got hold of a secret Cable Labs report, that essentially says that CableCos will not be able to withstand a bandwidth challenge from Verizon's fiber network.  They will have to spend money to upgrade and keep up with fiber.
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Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:   The Cablecos are Waking Up to Reality
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google's Writely released; will another sector be squashed?  —  Online ajax-rich word processor Writely began accepting new accounts today after closing registration when the company was acquired by Google in March.  A number of startups who used to compete with Writely will now have to challenge Google.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I don't write about video games  —  My brother, Alex, writes for Computer World.  Now, you'd think that his obscure little blog would be safe from 14-year-olds everywhere.  But, he posted his thoughts about Xbox vs. Play Station 3 and the kiddies show up and start bashing him.
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views  —  The MPAA seems to be employing tried-and-true political campaign tactics to sway public opinion of piracy and file sharing toward its own worldview.  A few weeks ago, the association announced MyMovieMuse.com, a research forum …
Discussion: Techdirt
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
David / Blogging Pro:
CSS Optimization: Make Your Sites Load Faster for Free  —  While a lot of people are out to optimize their sites/blogs, most everyone seems to skip over CSS.  —  I have been spending some time looking at CSS Optimization tools today.  I wanted something free, online, and easy to use.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and digg
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
10 things you should be monitoring  —  Tracking your buzz is really something that is becoming more and more important over and will continue to increase in importance as time goes on.  Everything is going social right now and messages fly around the web at a million miles by hour.
Discussion: Web Strategy and Micro Persuasion
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HelloWorld to take on YouTube?  Nope says "BlinkTest"  —  When people send me stuff I give it the "BlinkTest."  Named after Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" book.  —  What is my impression after the first 10 seconds?  Especially in comparison to something I already know about.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
 
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
LinuxWorld 2006 is in now full swing at the Moscone Center …
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator
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Create an Email Blacklist in Gmail
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims