Chrysler offers automotive Internet access as 2009 model option: All its newest cars and trucks will, for an undisclosed price, act as cellular relays over Wi-Fi. The news was leaked and details should be available tomorrow. The LA Times writer notes that while only passengers should use the Internet while the car is in motion, there's no way to prevent the driver from surfing. Except common sense. Yeah, that'll work. (The writer has confused his megas and kilos; the likely EVDO Rev. A service that will power this system runs at 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps downstream and 350 to 550 Kbps upstream, according to the cell operators.)
Boston ferries gain Wi-Fi: The MTBA has put Internet access on its 11 commuter boats that serve 4,500 daily riders. Ridership is way up this year.
Bangkok builds slow Wi-Fi network, free for first year: The details are a bit sketchy, but the government has built a 15,000-hotspot network that offer 64 Kbps connections, and will be free (with an access card) for the first year. The government is handing out 500,000 such cards at shopping malls before this week's launch.
AT&T will manage Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations: The low-cost properties' parent corp., Accor North America, which also runs premium hotels, chose AT&T to handle its network. 600 company-owned and 200 franchisee-owned locations have service so far.