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5:30 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
Discussion: Vacuum
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  —  I was just reading David Berlind talking about Tim Bray's use of Linux over the past couple of weeks (he's going back to the Mac).  I know what keeps me on Apple and Microsoft OS's, though, and it might not be what you expect.  —  What keeps me from using Linux?
ongoing:
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
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.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Ubergizmo and CrunchGear
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.
Discussion: VCMike's Blog and Pradeep Sethi
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Will Cable Have to Spend Big to Compete with Verizon?
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
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.
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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Jen / The Writely Blog:
Writely registration is now open!
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
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.
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
An Open Letter to Nick Carr  —  It's really nothing personal, but I just find myself disagreeing with so much of what you have to say.  My eyeglasses do not see the world the way you do and my experiences in the universe draw me to very different conclusions than you draw.  —  Yesterday, was no small example.
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
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
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Internet Explorer 7: Flawed or Misunderstood?  —  It's been a weird couple of weeks for Internet Explorer and, as it turns out, me.  On August 7, 2006, Jeff Reifman blogged about a supposed statistical analysis of Internet Explorer (IE) 6, IE 7, Firefox, and Opera in which each browser was scored for its standards compliance.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
LinuxWorld 2006 is in now full swing at the Moscone Center …
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and digg
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
What Working in I.T. Really Means
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Create an API for any site with Dapper
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell, AMD expected to expand chip pact
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Wireless Works Wonders in Tibet
Discussion: Slashdot
David Pogue / New York Times:
Old Records Go In, CD's Come Out
Zack / SnapStream Blog:
Project Hoover: Suck up every TV show in the new fall season, be your own TV critic