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Buzz Report: Cell phones on a plane!The EU is *this* close to approving cell phones on planes. Molly takes a look at the potential for disaster. Hint: There is a lot of potential for disaster.
^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >> Hi I'm Molly Wood and welcome to the Buzz Report. This week violent videos, 3G iPhones and cell phones on a plane. But first, it's the gadget of the week. The gadget of the week is the new HP 2133 mini-note PC. It turns out that Linux is the new little. The little Asus Eee PC has been such a success, that Hewlett Packard is getting in the game and they've released a little 2-1/2 pound notebook that can be configured with either Linux or Windows. It costs anywhere from 499 dollars to 750 dollars and it is tiny, like purse tiny just like the Asus. And may I just say that this is how you win the women. It's not the pink or after, it's the purse. And now for the news. Actually let's start with a new thing--just the headlines. After a group of Florida kids videotaped themselves beating up another teenager the victim's parents say that MySpace and You-Tube need to do a better job of stopping kids from uploading videos like that. But see the videos make it so much easier to catch the bad guys. Wall Street Journal writer Walton Mossberg offhandedly mentioned in a video interview that the iPhone would be 3G in 60 days. He then said it was a simple aside and a ballpark estimate. So take it to the bank then--3G iPhones, 60 days; well 54 days now. Walt knows. Yahoo and Microsoft traded letters this week with Microsoft offering Yahoo an ultimatum and Yahoo saying that Microsoft was being pushy and dishonest. God, quit with the flirting and hook up already. You're like those people at a party who keep talking to everybody else about each other. It's annoying--get it done. And in the week's big news, the European Union has moved one giant step closer to allowing passengers to use their cell phones on airplanes. That's right, they've apparently either figured out or are cheerfully ignoring the safety concerns, and we are potentially very close to being able to make and receive calls in flight in the EU anyway. See I think this won't turn out to be that big a deal after we've had a while to get used to it and we all buy noise-canceling headphones; but boy the first couple of months could be pretty rough. ^M00:02:11 [ Music ] ^M00:02:17 >> Ladies and Gentlemen: Your captain again from the flight deck. If every passenger does not put their phone on vibrate right now, I'm gonna turn this thing around and land it. >> And what if you start getting that baseball stadium effect ^M00:02:33 [ Talking in background ] ^M00:02:42 >> Plus you know people won't know how to act at first. ^M00:02:47 [ Talking in background ] ^M00:03:02 [ Glass breaking ] ^M00:03:05 >> Oh whoa. Well but eventually it will be fine. Eventually. Don't worry it's not that big a deal. ^M00:03:11 [ Sound effects ] ^M00:03:14 >> And now for a look at what's clogging the tubes. It's postcardfromyourmama.com. It's outstanding. It is apparently real letters from mothers to their children. It doesn't even have to be postcards e-mails count too. Luckily. Here's a random sampling of the complete awesomeness. >> Please clean up your face book. Sex, drugs, lesbian stuff, no religion? People look at that before they hire you. President Bush gets reports about this stuff too. Listen to your mother. Have a little common sense for goodness sake; have some Christian values. Your mother. >> I love my pudding pie beyond compare. The best thing that ever happened to me was the day that alien [beep], knocked on my door, handed you to me and said glurb flurfed and then walked off. Love you, Mom. Happy after April Fool's day. No cat. >> Seriously, call your mom. Tell her you love her, Mom's rule. I'm Molly Wood and this has been the Buzz Report. Thanks for watching. ^M00:04:10 [ Music ] ^M00:04:14