Google To Spread Holiday Cheer With Free Inflight WiFi

Free Inflight WifiIf you are planning on a travel heavy holiday season, Google might have just added some cheer to your holiday plans. Google announced today that it is partnering with Airtran, Delta and Virgin America to bring free inflight wifi service. The service, typically provided by GoGo Inflight Internet, costs $11 for a 24 hour pass.

The giveaway will last from November 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011, and is being sponsored by Chrome, Google’s increasingly popular browser. 

This is the second year in a row that Google is providing free wifi during the holiday season. However, unlike last year, airports will not be covered in this year’s giveaway.

There’s another compelling reason to wish for shorter layovers!


UAE to Suspend Blackberry Service

 UAE Suspends Blackberry ServiceIf you plan to do this year’s holiday shopping in Dubai, your Blackberry may not come to much use. Or so it appears after the United Arab Emirates announced that it was suspending Blackberry services starting Oct. 11. The suspension will apply to both users and visitors in the country, and will continue until an “acceptable solution” is developed and applied.

The core issue appears to be about how Blackberry handles data, and specifically the fact that data is being exported and managed by a “foreign commercial operation”

Announcing the move, UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) told Reuters:

“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain Blackberry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national security concerns for the UAE”

Only Blackberry appears to have landed in trouble. The TRA has cleared the data handling methods of Apple’s iPhone and smartphones from Nokia, which form Blackberry’s main rivals in the region.

Source: Reuters


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