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Google gifts US airports with free Wi-Fi

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San Francisco (AFP) Nov 10, 2009 - Twitter on Tuesday linked to LinkedIn, letting people share updates and tweets between the hot microblogging service and the career-oriented online social networking website. Twitter synchronization features will roll out during the next several days, according to LinkedIn co-founder Allen Blue. "When you set your status on LinkedIn you can now tweet it as well, amplifying it to your followers and real-time search services like Twitter Search and Bing," Blue said in a blog post. "And when you tweet, you can send that message to your LinkedIn connections as well, from any Twitter service or tool."

LinkedIn was launched in Mountain View, California, in 2003 as an online community for people to advance career and job prospects. LinkedIn reportedly has more than 50 million registered users worldwide. "You'll be able to set your professional status and display more fresh content on your LinkedIn profile via Twitter," Jenna Dawn of Twitter said in a blog post at the San Francisco firm's website. "As our platform team works with more and more developers to expand access to information, users are able to tweet and read tweets in expanding ways across the web." Microsoft last month began integrating public Twitter messages into its new Internet search engine Bing and arch rival Google announced a deal to do the same. Bing searches can also be done by the "hashtags" used to group Twitter messages.
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San Francisco (AFP) Nov 10, 2009
Google is giving the gift of free wireless Internet to travelers at a host of US airports this holiday season.

The California-based Internet powerhouse said Tuesday that it is working with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, and Airport Marketing Income to turn airports into free Internet hot spots through January 15 of next year.

"We're very happy to extend our Holiday Wi-Fi gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months," said Google vice president of search products Marissa Mayer.

"We know that this is a very hectic travel season for people, and we hope that free Wi-Fi will make both traveling and connecting with friends and family a little bit easier."

As of Tuesday, the 47 cities with airports on Google's Wi-Fi gift list included Las Vegas, San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, and Seattle near the headquarters of Microsoft.

"Google gets this year's Wi-Fi Santa award," said Boingo chief executive Dave Hagan.

Travelers who log into free wireless networks will be invited to reciprocate by making donations to one of three charities, with Google promising to match contributions to a maximum of 250,000 dollars.

Seattle and Burbank, California, airports will offer airport-wide free Wi-Fi indefinitely as a result of the holiday project, according to Google.

While access to wireless Internet is free at some airports, travelers can face charges ranging from a few dollars to tens of dollars to spend time online while waiting for flights at other locations.

The US Federal Aviation Administration predicts that more than 100 million people will pass through the country's airports between now and January 15, 2010.

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