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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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It’s the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes!

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As we announced over the summer, Boingo is now operating the Wi-Fi services at ten Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California. So we thought we’d have a belated celebration with the Totally Sweet Sweepstakes, a contest in which you are guaranteed a prize just by participating. Here’s a list of all the goodies we’re offering: Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts (up to three coupons per participant) for all participants (redeemable at Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California). Three months of free Boingo Wi-Fi and a deluxe gift pack for five participants, selected via a random drawing on December 10, 2010. The deluxe gift pack includes: one dozen glazed doughnuts per week for a whole year (redeemable at Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California), one Boingo/Krispy Kreme t-shirt, one Boingo water bottle, one Krispy Kreme travel mug, and one 1-pound bag of Krispy Kreme coffee. One year of free Boingo Wi-Fi, a $100 Amazon gift card and a deluxe gift pack for one grand prize winner, selected via a random drawing on December 20, 2010. Take a bite out of this Totally Sweet Sweepstakes now! Add your entry to the random prize drawing every time you participate in any of the following

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The Buzz Versus the Reality Behind “The Social Network”


The new Facebook film, “The Social Network,” has garnered extremely favorable reviews. It gets a 97% critics rating and an 81% audience rating on rottentomatoes.com, four out of four stars from the finicky Roger Ebert, and plenty of Oscar buzz from the likes of Entertainment Weekly and MTV. What’s the reality behind the buzz? I’m no film connoisseur nor do I have a vote on the Oscar ballot, but for what it’s worth I liked “The Social Network.” It kept my attention for the entire 120-minute running time with good acting, snappy dialogue, and bursts of humor. Is it Oscar-worthy? In my amateur opinion, no. But the movie, which explores the concept of how the Internet (specifically, social media) levels the playing field of exclusivity, is thought-provoking and relevant to our times. For those reasons alone you should go see it. Positive reviews and Oscar mentions aren’t the only buzz “The Social Network” is generating. There’s also been much buzz about the veracity of the storyline and whether the movie tarnishes Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation. What’s the reality — or alternative reality — behind the buzz? I searched the Internet for more details (sources cited throughout article), and here’s what I

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The Perfect Vacation in 3 Words


Sometimes, the perfect way to describe that perfect something is in as few words as possible. We asked our Facebook fans to describe their perfect vacation in three words. Here’s what our travel-savvy community had to say: You weigh in: describe your perfect vacation in three words.

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9/23/2010: The Day a Facebook Outage Causes Massive Freak-Out


It’s currently 1:45 p.m. here in Los Angeles at Boingo headquarters, and Facebook has been down for a little over an hour. The world is freaking out. We consulted the Twittersphere to get a gauge on the madness. Here are our ten most favorite tweets on the crisis: What? Just heard Facebook is back up. Gotta update my status! 2:19 p.m. Over and out.

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Al/Capone Smooth Jazz in the Social Media Age: An Interview

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I try stuff. I synthesize what’s of value with some of the other things I have at my disposal. – Herbie Hancock I pursued a travel interview with the Al/Capone band because of their genius music — a medley of smooth jazz, fusion, R&B, funk and Latin sounds that makes you tap your toes, swing your hips, and wink at the person nearest you. Little did I realize that Al/Capone’s six members are not only musically gifted but they’re also technically savvy. The band leverages audio recording software in the early stages of the composition process, and they have established a wide-reaching social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace. Read our interview with the amazing Al/Capone jazz band, a quintessential study in the synthesis of traditional jazz and modern day technology. Also, be sure to enjoy music from the band’s latest album, Mr. Smooth, via the music player below and/or download a free song here. What is the best venue Al/Capone has performed at? One venue which stands out was the Water Front Festival in Rockford, IL, a big outdoor festival that is held annually around the end of August. Jeep grew up in Rockford and we had

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A Big Snafu and a Big Apology


Boy, did things go wrong over the weekend. An email test went bonkers, and sent many of our customers an email with an inaccurate message about their Boingo account being switched from monthly Unlimited to AsYouGo. Everyone received the same message about the service change with additional account information that was personalized to each individual recipient. If you received this email message (or many, many messages), please disregard it. We’re terribly sorry for the confusion and disruption. If you want to check your account details, please visit https://my.boingo.com/selfcare and enter your username/password to securely access your information. Many of you have taken to Twitter and Facebook to alert us of the problem and ask for clarification. Below are the most frequently asked questions and answers about our embarrassing email snafu. Hopefully, this clears up any confusion and gives you peace of mind. If you have additional questions, please leave us a post comment. Have my account details been compromised? No, we would never send out highly confidential information via email communications. The email you received was personalized with some of your account details but did not include billing information (credit card number). In fact, our marketing email database does not

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Get Ready: It’s the Boingo iPad Contest


  Have you heard the news? By popular demand, we’ve launched a new iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad application that allows you to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from your Apple iTunes account. So you can buy $1.99 credits and redeem them — whenever it suits you — at 125,000+ Boingo hotspots worldwide. Looking for a Boingo Wi-Fi location while you’re on the go? There’s a mapping feature for that. You can read more details in our Boingo Wi-Fi Credits press release (note the “buy ten, get one free” special). Now, onto iPad giveaway time. We’re really excited about the new Boingo app — so much so that we’re giving away an Apple iPad to the 1000th person to download and register the new Boingo Wi-Fi Credits app from Apple’s App Store. With no further ado, here are the contest directions and rules: 1. Go to the iTunes App store and download the free Boingo Wi-Fi Credits app to your iPhone or iPod Touch. 2. Once installed, launch the app and enter your email address. Note: a valid email is required to register your entry. 3. Good news: You automatically win a Wi-Fi credit! 4. Potentially fantastic news:

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In Your Ear With Alex Asseily


When he was five, Alexander Asseily fled Beirut with his family to escape the bombs. Since then, the thirty-four year-old co-founder and chairman of Aliph returns frequently to his homeland. When he talks about Beirut, there’s no mistaking the vivacity in his voice. Something else about Alexander’s voice? He’s got a British accent, acquired while growing up in London, where he briefly flirted with break dancing and, later during his teenage years, discovered the art of sculpting. At eighteen, Alexander made his next move: to college in California. There, our future headset hero could have chosen a very different path after starring in a short film project with Fred Savage (their costumes: disco gear). We know what Alexander did instead: along with college pal Hosain Rahman, he co-founded Aliph, maker of Jawbone headsets. Read my interview with the gracious Lebanese British gentleman, Alexander Asseily. What is the meaning of your company’s name, “Aliph?” The name Aliph is the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets. What’s the most you’ve traveled within the period of a year? In 2006, when we were developing the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset, I circled the globe – between San Francisco, Hong Kong and London

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Oh Yes, It’s a Limerick Contest


The merry folk at Boingo Wireless Hereby declare a limerick contest. If you think you’re clever And you win something never Give us a shot that’s your best The prize: a Targus universal power supply ($149.99 value) for charging your laptop and smartphone at home, in the car, or on an airplane. It’s yours if you’re among the top three limerick poets. The contest dates: March 15th, 16th, and 17th. Three winners will be announced at the end of the day on the 17th, St. Patrick’s Day! Here are the contest rules: Limerick must be of your own original work. Keep in mind that a limerick must fit a certain meter and rhyme, i.e., AABBA. For a detailed definition of limerick, please visit dictionary.com. Multiple entries encouraged! Maximum of one win per contestant. Must be a fan of both Boingo and Targus on Facebook in order to win. The Boingo Limerick Contest is subject to Boingo’s Terms and Conditions.

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It’s Not Too Late to Give Some Long-Distance Valentine Love!


Were you and your object of affection separated this past Valentine’s Day? If so, we feel your heartache. That’s why we’d like to give you a chance to win a post Valentine package, designed to help the two of you stay connected when you’re apart. Simply send us a picture of you and your loved one together, and automatically enter a drawing to win: Two ALBUM portable digital photo galleries (pictured above) to fill with 40,000 pictures of your moments together. A Suite Arrival customized travel kit delivered to you or your Valentine. A one-day airport lounge pass for that next layover. Two six-month Boingo Wi-Fi accounts for some online bonding. Let’s keep the romance alive! Submit a photo of you two lovebirds via a Facebook wall post, a link via Twitter, or a link via a blog comment below. A winner will be announced from our random drawing on Friday, February 19th. Please note: only one photo entry per person. Vive l’amour! <3