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12:20 PM 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.
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.
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Comforteagle / OSDir.com:   GPL Finally Goes to Court in US
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
$130 Zunes — $10 Woot credit mocks Apple  —  If the $150 white Zune was too rich to Woot, then how does 30GB for $130 sound Zune boy?  Yup, $129.99 to be precise, which leaves you with half of the 2 cents required to sound-off in the comments.  In a tip of the hat to their customers …
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: Engadget, Infinite Loop, Gizmodo 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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Vodafone in mobile web storm  —  An almighty row is breaking out between Vodafone and mobile startups, who claim the giant is hobbling the mobile web for its own gain.  —  The chorus of disapproval is being lead in the main by Luca Passani (pictured), the architect behind an open source mobile project known as WURFL.
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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Luca Passani / wurfl.sourceforge.net:
Vodafone UK is abusing its position
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Virgin sued for using teen's photo  —  The photo of Alison Chang (left) from Justin Ho-Wee Wong's Flickr photo-sharing web page.  The photo was used by Virgin Mobile in an advertising campaign.  —  A Texas family has sued Australia's Virgin Mobile phone company, claiming it caused …
Discussion: Techdirt
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?
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.
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
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 …
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 …
MarketWatch:
Google plans move into U.K. mobile, broadband market: Guardian newspaper  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. (GOOG:, , ) is considering a move into the U.K. wireless market after the U.K.'s telecommunications regulator Thursday unveiled plans to liberalize parts of the country's mobile phone radio spectrum …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Sling Scores a Touchdown with NFL/DirectTV  —  Sling Media, the early leaders in place-shifting technology have scored a touchdown - they are working with DirecTV.  As part of this deal, viewers can get online streaming of NFL games every Sunday.  The special deal was rumored for a while …
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
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
There may be hope for those warped LPs
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Will Steve Jobs Plead the Fifth?
Agence France Presse:
Britain to combat 'cyber-bullying' in schools
PC World:
Online Auction For First A380 Tickets Nears End
Fred / A VC:
Where Is Your Social Graph?  —  I know that I wrote not too long ago …
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Eye Tracking on Universal and Personalized Search
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Martin / Telegraph:
Wikipedia clamps down on 'unreliable' editors
Discussion: Wikipedia Blog
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Facebook Reloads fbFund (Wisely)
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
The gutsy marketing and strategy behind Apple's iPhone price cut
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
MediaDefender's Source Code Released
Discussion: Bit Player, Listening Post and Digg
Newsweek:
Terror Watch: A Secret Lobbying Campaign
Pdp / GNUCITIZEN:
0day: PDF pwns Windows
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple fesses up to faulty iPod touch screens
 

 
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Max Read / Gawker:
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