The new 9" tablet does have a free data connection through ATT, but it's only good for visiting the B&N Ebookstore. We pretty much guessed that from the press release, but I think it's good to have confirmation.
The other piece of news is that Pandigital have decided to give all the Novel tablets an open Android install. They had a retail box for the white Novel and the front shows a normal home screen. This means that hacking the Novel won't be necessary anymore, nor will it be worth the risk IMO.
I don't know when they plan to release an update for existing devices; it's not ready yet.