Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire who withdrew support from Citigroup's chief last week, is the first person to buy his own Airbus A380 and, according to the New York Times' Lede blog, initiate what could be a market for individual Airbus sales.
Business Week reports that the prince described his new toy as a “flying palace.” Also noteworthy for the air carrier but not nearly as interesting, Dubai airline Emirates placed a hefty order, the company's most valuable ever.
More on potential FCC regulations…Chairman Kevin J. Martin is proposing a 75% cut in the rates cable companies can charge for spare channels. The cut would enable more programming from women and minorities, an under representation Martin has focused on in public speeches, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Google is developing a free cell phone software package and offering $10 million in prizes for those who build the best software for the operating system.
Hip hop entrepreneurs are launching multimedia-filled social Web sites as reports show a significant increase in urban minorities online.
Woman down at the Columbia hunger strike. Gawker reports that Aretha Choi, in a longtime struggle with anorexia, passed out in the library on Saturday, the fourth day of the protest.