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1. Editor's Note: The Ascent Into Hell, Postponed
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- ReadyBoost: Better Vista Performance In A Flash
- Microsoft Windows Vista Sales Top 20 Million In First Month
- Microsoft Investigating Vulnerability In Vista's Windows Mail
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- Google Building Software, Not Mobile Phone: Analyst
- Cablevision Loses Network DVR Court Case
- Symbian Targets Mass Market With Upgraded Smartphone Operating System
- Ads Discourage Teen Girls From Posting Photos Or Info On MySpace, Friendster
- Half Of Workers Polled Think Companies Won't Catch Them Stealing Info
- U.S. And U.K. Breeding Most Malicious Code
- Intel To Build $2.5 Billion China Semiconductor Plant
- Chinese Demand Offers Leverage Over High-Tech Giants
- How To Revive An Old PC With Linux
- IT Pro Briefing: How To Secure Desktop PCs With Personal Firewalls
- Congress Is Back And Here Comes Another Round Of H-1B Legislation
- Google Launches Test Of Pay-Per-Action Ads
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
- The Daily Show Looks At The Viacom Lawsuit Against Google's YouTube
- How To Dress For Success At Google
- Google Denies Google Phone And Stresses Mobile Software
- Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
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"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." -- Oscar Wilde
Interestingly, this decision was made on the grounds that the results are inconclusive as to whether cell phones interfere with critical airline communications. Yet based on European tests, in-flight usage is indeed quite safe -- which implies that as soon as it deems the scientific evidence sufficient, the FCC will relent. Judging from the response from travelers, most consider this just a bit worrisome: According to the New York Times, most of them say they want cell phones banned, not because of safety concerns, but because of the (extreme) annoyance factor. Indeed, the FCC received more than 8,100 messages from travelers begging to be spared from a fate that they apparently consider worse than death.
Still, a number of commentators believe that the market should determine the fate of would-be mile-high yakkers. Their argument: Let individual airlines decide whether to allow it, and let travelers vote with their dollars. There's a lot of sense in this. My guess is that the result would be the same: People will be so anxious to avoid the aggressive sales pitch or messy breakup in the next (very near) seat that they will be willing to pay extra. Perhaps certain flights will be designated cell phone free? If so, reserve my seat now.
What do you think? Do you think that in-flight cell phone use would make already-difficult air travel unbearable? Or are you of the camp that believes that annoyances -- no matter how extreme -- are not something that can or should be regulated? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.
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So is Google actually building a mobile phone or not? This burning question is keeping mobile bloggers everywhere busy. And just when it looked like Google had confirmed the long-awaited Google Phone, another company executive came out and denied the rumors.
Which Google Phone Did Google Confirm This Week?
Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal, Isabel Aguilera, confirmed that the Google Phone is for real. But she downplayed the much-anticipated device, saying it was just one of 18 R&D initiatives Google is funding. But which device is it?
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