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3:33 AM ET, September 22, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To "Out Open" Facebook On November 5  —  Yesterday a select group of fifteen or so industry luminaries attended a highly confidential meeting at Google's headquarters in Mountain View to discuss the company's upcoming plans to address the "Facebook issue."
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Google to Envelope All Knowledge on November 5th, 2007  —  Michael Arrington has convinced several high level sources to disclose discussion at a top secret Google meeting where the company discussed plans to release on November 5th a new set of APIs.  Those APIs will make access to the data …
CommsDay:
Google plans new undersea "Unity" cable across Pacific  —  Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009, Communications Day has learned.  —  The Unity cable has been under development for several months, with a group of carriers …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GoogleNET Going Global  —  More than 15 months ago, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt publicly admitted that he wanted to build an infrastructure for what would be a global $100 billion company.  Given that the search giant's revenues are projected to reach just over $30 billion by the end of this decade …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Has Google Plans to Lay a Pacific Cable?
Discussion: Rough Type, Gizmodo and Digg
Bkp / The Pirate Bay:
TPB files charges against media companies  —  Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.
Discussion: Slyck, Techdirt and Valleywag
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PirateBay Fires a Broadside of Complaints to Police  —  A blog post on the site by administrator brokep states that they have been going through the emails from the recent MediaDefender leak, and have obtained proof, from them, that they are being targeted by several companies.
Discussion: Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Internet Celebrity Doesn't Translate: Amanda Congdon Let Go By ABC  —  Amanda Congdon, best known as the original host of Rocketboom, has been let go by ABCNews.com.  —  ABCNews.com said in a statement: … During her time at ABCNews.com Congdon did a number of projects, including …
comScore:
comScore Releases August U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace.  Among core search engines in August 2007, Google Sites remained the top search property …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Hit All Time High
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Usability test: Does iPhone match the hype?  —  Users try out the iPhone, HTC Touch and the Nokia N95  —  We all know that in the technology world, the hype about new products often doesn't match reality.  So it's fair to ask: Is the iPhone as good as its hype?
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The XP alternative for Vista PCs  —  update While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.  —  The program applies …
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Citigroup Customer Data Leaked on LimeWire  —  Citgroup has confirmed that it's investigating a data breach involving the names, Social Security numbers and credit information of 5,208 customers leaked by an employee of its ABN Amro Mortgage Group unit onto the LimeWire peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:   ABN Amro customer deets tip up on BearShare
PR Newswire:
DEMOfall 07 Conference Releases List of Participating Demonstrators  —  DEMOfall 07 Logo.  Event produced by Network World Events & Executive Forums.  (PRNewsFoto/NETWORK WORLD EVENTS)  —  SOUTHBOROUGH, MA UNITED STATES  —  69 Innovations to Debut at Conference
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook's Impact on the Widget Economy  —  Last night I attended a technology event, Refresh DC.  Refresh DC provides local companies with the opportunity to speak for an hour about a topic of their choice.  Last night's event was sponsored by Clearspring and the topic of discussion was widgets.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Open Source Is the Big Disruptor  —  Continued acceptance will drive down prices and force proprietary software vendors to change their business model.  —  Gartner declared open-source software the biggest disruptor the software industry has ever seen and postulated it will eventually result …
Discussion: The Open Road
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Blaupunkt dumps CDs in new car stereo  —  It was bound to happen eventually and, in fact, it's surprising that we haven't seen this sooner.  —  Blaupunkt's "Melbourne SD27" is the first car stereo that shuns CDs, according to SCI FI Tech, instead playing MP3 and WMA files with a front-loading SD card.
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Coolest Gadgets
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft leaks its own search plans  —  A Microsoft employee has posted details about planned changes to Microsoft's Live Search, ahead of an event next week where the company was slated to unveil the changes to reporters.  —  The changes to the search product, which were demonstrated …
Discussion: Mashable!
Digital World Tokyo:
Photocopier translates Japanese to English at touch of button  —  Specialist translators could soon be heading for job centers across the world if Fuji Xerox makes good on the technology it has developed for its latest prototype photocopy machine.  —  The device, currently on show …
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Copier translates languages on the fly
Discussion: Gadgetell
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Presenting: µBitTorrent  —  If you use torrents frequently …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Australia pushes further Web censorship
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace News Is Stealing Your Search Results
Brad Stone / NYT:
One Anti-Piracy System to Rule Them All
Discussion: Bit Player
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zync: Making Local Search Personal
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
What content would you pay for (if any) on a newspaper site?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Ongoing Blind Belief In Mobile Broadcast TV
Discussion: WebProNews
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox 3.0 alpha blocks malware, secures plug-in updates
Discussion: Neowin.net
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
PodShow Available On TiVo
Discussion: NewTeeVee
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: Snapvine turns up the volume a notch
Nick / Rough Type:
The week that Big Software shattered
Joe Fay / The Register:
No more buys from Acer  —  Acer has pulled itself off …
Discussion: Reuters, Global Nerdy and Inquirer
Sydney Morning Herald:
Virgin sued for using teen's photo