Steve Brill’s Clear Card Gets Grounded

A system to speed elite travelers through airports shuts down after four years and $116 million. Its failure will rub some shine off a couple of well-known media types: The entrepreneur behind Court TV and some of the primary investors behind Twitter.
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Jobs Back on the Job?

A quote from Steve Jobs in an Apple press release this morning and a handful of media reports claiming he has been spotted at Apple HQ over the past few days are raising hopes that the CEO may have officially returned to work.
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The Dark Side of YouTube Fame: “Tron Guy” Forced Into Fire Sale

Jay Maynard, a.k.a. “The Tron Guy,” is famous for dressing up like, well, one of the guys from the movie “Tron.” But while that distinction made him one of the early breakout stars on YouTube, it hasn’t made him rich. Or at least, not wealthy enough to afford the customized airplane he bought last year for $140,000. He’s auctioning it off on eBay at a fire sale price.
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Insert Lame “Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away” Reference Here

With 70 percent of the its revenue now coming from digital sales and the unstoppable transition from analog to digital all but complete, Eastman Kodak is retiring Kodachrome. Seems “a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s film sales” just wasn’t enough to keep the venerable old color film around for a little while longer.
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Insert Lame "Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away" Reference Here

With 70 percent of the its revenue now coming from digital sales and the unstoppable transition from analog to digital all but complete, Eastman Kodak is retiring Kodachrome. Seems “a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s film sales” just wasn’t enough to keep the venerable old color film around for a little while longer.
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Another Top Exec Gone From FIM, as It Readies a Name and Structure Change

Mike Angus, EVP and General Counsel of Fox Interactive Media, is leaving that job for another in New Corp., as new digital head Jon Miller continues to reshape the division. Last week, BoomTown reported that FIM CFO Ed McKenna was leaving his post and the company, part of many changes taking place related to News Corp.’s digital properties. It’s all part of a major rejiggering of the News Corp. digital unit, which came into being almost four years ago, although not an elimination of the unit, as has been reported. More likely, it will likely include a name change–perhaps to the Digital Media Group–as well as a much streamlined organization that gives more autonomy to FIM’s Web, online advertising and publishing technology units.
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In Google China Flap, An Accuser Is Accused

China’s critiques of Google have sparked an online backlash among some Web users in China, in the latest sign of discontent with the government’s Internet control tactics.

Apple: 1 Million 3GS Handsets Sold

Adding an Amazon or Apple Affiliate Link to Your Blog? The Feds Want to Know.

Let’s say you’re a small-time blogger who makes a habit out of writing about, say, music or books or software or videogames. And let’s say that you’ve decided to join an “affiliate program” that sends readers to Amazon or to Apple’s iTunes, where they can buy said product. Well, the Federal Trade Commission might like a word with you.
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Like Snowflakes, No Two myTouch 3Gs Alike…

In a summer of handset debuts that already includes the Palm Pre, Apple’s iPhone 3GS, and soon, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Tour 9630, add one more: The myTouch 3G, T-Mobile’s second Google Android phone. The carrier officially introduced the device today and said customers can begin reserving it on July 8.
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HP Announces PC-Free Printer