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RIM Gets FCC Approval for Cellular-Equipped Tablet

Research In Motion this week got regulatory approval for what appears to be a version of its PlayBook tablet with built-in cellular capabilities.

Most of the documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission were kept confidential, but the limited information posted to the agency’s Web site suggests that the tablet contains support for several flavors of wireless connectivity, including Wi-Fi and LTE. The filing also makes reference to Bluetooth and near field communications capabilities.

The move isn’t a shock, given that RIM has promised that an LTE-capable PlayBook would be out later this year.

Whether buyers will be interested in the device is an open question, however.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald