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11:05 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.
Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
GPL Finally Goes to Court in US  —  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.
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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
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?
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Slim Aluminum MacBooks Coming Soon from Apple  —  We have received some information about some upcoming Apple laptops - we think they are MacBooks but aren't 100 percent sure they aren't the fabled Pro slim line.  —  What we know:  — Black aluminum and silver aluminum (like MacBook Pros) have been seen
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
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?
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Feedonomics
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Agence France Presse:
Britain to combat 'cyber-bullying' in schools
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Remote Vietnamese Village Gets Internet Access Via WiMax
Discussion: dslreports.com
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Eye Tracking on Universal and Personalized Search
Cade Metz / The Register:
NBC unveils self-destructing, ad-addled anti-iTunes service
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A laptop slip cover for the butterfingered
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meizu's MiniOne M8 GUI exposed: shame on you J. Wong
Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
Wikipedia clamps down on 'unreliable' editors
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
The gutsy marketing and strategy behind Apple's iPhone price cut
Discussion: Wired News
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
MediaDefender's Source Code Released
Discussion: Bit Player, Listening Post and Digg
Newsweek:
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign
Emil Larsen / Personal Computer World:
Xbox 360 to get new HD DVD drive
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple fesses up to faulty iPod touch screens
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