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Will In-Flight Web Access Save The Airline Industry?

7/24/2008
This will almost certainly go down as the worst year in the history of the U.S. airline industry. Buffeted by high fuel costs, the airlines are canceling flights -- and losing money -- in record numbers. But there's a glimmer of hope in providing in-flight Web access to passengers.

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At Comic-Con, No Tintin Mania

7/23/2008
Today is the first day of Comic-Con, the huge San Diego geekfest that celebrates superheroes, starship troopers, and the fanboys who love them. And while this is not a golden age for comics themselves, never has the comics world had more to celebrate, commercially.

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Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'

6/30/2008
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.

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Old Media Looks To A Radio Guru

5/19/2008
Right now, among the beleaguered employees of the Tribune Co., the prevalent question (besides "Will I still have a job tomorrow?") is, "Who the hell does Lee Abrams think he is?"

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Microsoft's Plan B: The Mobile Web

5/5/2008
Now that Steve Ballmer has taken his ball and gone home, three things have become clear about the failed Microsoft bid for Yahoo: 1) This deal is not dead yet; 2) Yahoo's future as an independent company is at any rate limited; and 3) Microsoft is playing in the wrong arena.

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Just Another Earthshaking Revolution

5/2/2008
Forrester Research analysts Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff call it The Groundswell. Nicholas Carr calls it The Big Switch. Tom Hayes calls it the Jump Point. Whatever it is, it's clearly going to involve major earthshaking.

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At CTIA, No News Is Big News

4/3/2008
What a downer. I just opened the CTIA "Show Daily," from the very creditable news outlet RCR Wireless News, to find that ... Nothing Happened at the big CTIA Wireless show in Vegas.

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CTIA: Symbian Faces Uphill Battle In U.S.

4/1/2008
Sitting down with two executives from Symbian, provider of the world's leading mobile-phone operating system, and analyst Avi Greengart of Current Analysis at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas gave me a feeling of déjà vu.

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Are Online Ads Losing Value?

2/28/2008
For an industry that saw its revenue rise 25% last year to a record high, the online advertising business is in a bit of a funk. Mostly that's because of Google, which has seen its dominance in Internet ads erode, slightly, and watched its share price slide by 38% in the last four months.

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