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10:25 AM ET, September 21, 2007

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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Fox tries new lure for iPod crowd  —  The network and Apple will offer premieres of seven shows for free.  —  Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple's iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry's race …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Fox To Offer Free Shows On iTunes  —  Fox Broadcasting will offer season premier television shows for free on iTunes, beginning next week.  —  The move is said to be part of a push by Fox to expose iPod users to the new season of shows appearing as part of the new US television ratings season.
Jesse Ruderman / Indistinguishable from Jesse:
Firefox memory usage and memory leak news  —  Many Mozilla community members, including both volunteers and Mozilla Corporation employees, have been helping to reduce Firefox's memory usage and fix memory leak bugs lately.  Hopefully, the result of this effort will be that Firefox 3 uses less memory …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler, JD on EP and Digg
Forbes:
The Forbes 400  —  ONE BILLION DOLLARS IS NO LONGER ENOUGH.  The price of admission to this, the 25th anniversary edition of the Forbes 400, is $1.3 billion, up $300 million from last year.  The collective net worth of the nation's mightiest plutocrats rose $290 billion to $1.54 trillion.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Welcome Erick Schonfeld, My New Co-Editor  —  I was dying to announce this at TechCrunch40, but the timing just didn't work out.  Nevertheless, I am extremely proud to announce that TechCrunch now has a co-editor.  Erick Schonfeld, most recently an editor-at-large at Business 2.0 …
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Techcrunch Founder Shares His Pulpit
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Valleywag
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Customers Ask: Is Apple Going Rotten?  —  Karma.  Doing the "right thing."  Thinking different.  Apple's enlightened approach to building customer loyalty is now famous, generating big headlines every time CEO Steve Jobs takes on Hollywood or the music industry.  Attempts to raise iTunes prices?
Fred / A VC:
Where Is Your Social Graph?  —  I know that I wrote not too long ago that I didn't like the term "social graph" but the comments I got to that post educated me to the reasons why it's a good term.  So I am using it now.  —  But where is your social graph?  In Facebook or myspace or LinkedIn?
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Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Google sees Web search less exposed to mortgage woes  —  NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage lenders are cutting advertising budgets due to a global credit squeeze, but they are not likely to reduce Internet search marketing anytime soon, executives at search leader Google Inc said on Thursday.
Discussion: WebProNews
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Google Boasts Display Ads Raise Viewership Online And Off …
Linux-Watch.com:
First U.S. GPL lawsuit filed  —  For the first time in the U.S., a company and software vendor, Monsoon Multimedia, is being taken to court for a GPL violation.  Previously, alleged GPL violations have all been settled by letters from the FSF (Free Software Foundation) or other open-source organizations, pointing out the violation.
Discussion: Inquirer, TechSpot News and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealthy Startup Mixx Launches Into Private Beta  —  Mixx is a startup we've been watching for the last few weeks.  They've been extremely quiet about their service until very recently.  And since they are located well outside of Silicon Valley, in Virginia, they've been able to stay below …
Discussion: WebProNews, Webware.com and 901am
Pdp / GNUCITIZEN:
0day: PDF pwns Windows  —  I am closing the season with the following HIGH Risk vulnerability: Adobe Acrobat/Reader PDF documents can be used to compromise your Windows box.  Completely!!!  Invisibly and unwillingly!!!  All it takes is to open a PDF document or stumble across a page which embeds one.
PC World:
Remote Vietnamese Village Gets Internet Access Via WiMax  —  WiMax and a satellite connection are bringing broadband Internet access to a remote Vietnamese village, part of a collaboration between the public and private sector to narrow the digital divide in rural Vietnam.
Discussion: dslreports.com
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Open source impossible to avoid, Gartner says  —  By 2011, at least 80% of commercial software will contain open source code, analysts predict  —  You can try to avoid open source, but it's probably easier to get out of the IT business altogether.  By 2011, at least 80% of commercial software …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple blacklisting hacked iPhones?  —  I received the following email from a colleague: … So while he eventually got Apple to return the iPhone (after paying the restocking fee, that is), the lesson here is to do a restore of your iPhone and install the factory AT&T SIM before bringing into an Apple Store for service.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meizu's MiniOne M8 GUI exposed: shame on you J. Wong  —  Ok Meizu, seriously, with your M7 announced a week after the iPod touch and your CEO J.Wong just posting these new interface shots of the M8 to your user forum, how can we or any straight taking rag not call you for what you are: a brazen Chinese Apple cloning machine?
 
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Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
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Emil Larsen / Personal Computer World:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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