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Amazon Is Prodding the FAA to Let Flyers Use Wi-Fi During Takeoff and Landing

"Wi-Fi is fine!" - Bezos

As the Federal Aviation Authority continues to reevaluate its archaic in-flight electronic rules, it might add another distraction to its list: Wi-Fi.

The panel decided that Wi-Fi can be utilized during all portions of the flight — from “gate to gate”– because the airplanes “are going to be just fine.” That goes against its longstanding current rules that using electronics or on-board Wi-Fi disrupts the cockpit’s electronics and could cause chaos. Cellular use after the pilot says to turn off your phones would still remain banned. Read More

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Realizing It’s 2013, the FAA Is About to Approve New Electronic Device Rules

Xanax and Revenge please. (Photo: Flickr)

Typically resistant to change, the Federal Aviation Administration is about to make a significant one. The New York Times reveals that the agency will finally loosen restrictions on the use of electronic gadgets during the flight. The caveat is you still wouldn’t be able to send and receive calls or connect to WiFi, unless it’s provided by the airline. Read More

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Booting Up: FAA Might Finally Let You Text During Takeoffs and Landings

Us on a plane.

Oops! According to leaked documents, the U.S. government’s NSA program is keeping “inadvertently acquired” data on us for years.[Verge]

Microsoft has ditched plans to create an e-commerce site akin to Amazon or eBay. Maybe you guys should focus on getting just one of your products right before you expand? [Business Insider]

It’s just going to take 90 seconds to recharge a Tesla–faster than getting a refill done at your dirty, old gas pump. [Engadget]

Today in celebrity endorsement deals: HTC has reportedly signed Robert Downey Jr. for a $12 million ad campaign. [Bloomberg]

Alec Baldwin must be so relieved that the FAA is looking to relax its strict (and possibly outdated?) gadget rules on flights. [MarketWatch]