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12:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

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Full video of Ukraine air Show disaster 2002  —  On 27 July 2002, 84 people were killed and over 100 injured at an airshow in Sknyliv () airport near Lviv, Ukraine.  A Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft crashed during an aerobatics presentation.  It was the world's worst airshow disaster to date.
Discussion: Hightouch
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 …
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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft giving Vista Business / Ultimate users 'downgrade' to XP option  —  It's no shock that Windows Vista isn't, shall we say, universally loved, and it's also unsurprising that a plethora of businesses have voiced their preference to keep on runnin' their operations on Windows XP.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Coolest Gadgets
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
Less Than 2 Percent of UK Companies Have Upgraded to Vista
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog and Slashdot
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey  —  A few weeks ago a well-respected developer wrote a blog post about something he called the "social graph."  A graph, to most people, is a diagram like the one on the right, which plots the value of a stock over time.  For 99.99 percent of the people this is what a graph is.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Thank you, Dave Winer  —  I tried to ignore the term "social graph" when it first started popping up a few weeks ago.  For one thing, it sounded like some sort of embarrassing disease; for another, the idea of having to figure out some arcane new Web 2.0 term was depressing.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
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
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, Valleywag and Digg
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PirateBay Fires a Broadside of Complaints to Police
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Dan Goodin / The Register:   ABN Amro customer deets tip up on BearShare
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Sony PSP Vaults Past Nintendo DS in Japan  —  This is why Sony may yet rule the console-verse in spite of all its missteps and bungled first-gen games and cynical press.  Because pretty much out of the blue, a game like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII can come along in the right market (Japan) …
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and I4U News
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 …
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!, Coolest Gadgets and Gizmodo
 
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