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12:55 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 …
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.
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: Crave, Engadget, Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and Digg
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 …
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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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
Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Bedford mom sues Virgin Mobile over teen's photo in ad  —  Bedford mother sues Virgin Mobile over use of daughter's image  —  —  What would you do if a company grabbed a goofy picture of your kid off the Internet, slapped some snarky text on it and used it to sell mobile phone service half a world away?
Discussion: 901am
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 …
Karl /
The High Price Cable TV 'Cartel' - Lawsuit pushes for a la carte channel choices...  A new lawsuit has been filed against most of the major cable operators and broadcasters, arguing that the companies form a "cartel" that consistently violates federal antitrust laws to keep cable TV prices high.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Suit Seeks "A La Carte" Channel Choices
Discussion: CNET and p2pnet
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Sling Scores a Touchdown with NFL/DirectTV  —  Updated: Sling Media, the early leaders in place-shifting technology have scored a touchdown - they are working with DirecTV on a new offering called SuperCast.  —  As part of this deal, viewers can get online streams of NFL games every Sunday.
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.
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
Luca Passani /
Vodafone UK is abusing its position
Discussion: broadstuff
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?
Times of London:
Office staff lose their jobs after bosses catch them trading on eBay  —  Nine office workers employed by a Labour-run local authority have lost their jobs after it was discovered that they were spending up to two hours a day on the internet auction site eBay.
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Snowed By SCO  —  BOSTON -  —  In the print edition …
Discussion: Valleywag
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Has Google Plans to Lay a Pacific Cable?
Discussion: CommsDay and Gizmodo
Google plans move into U.K. mobile, broadband market: Guardian newspaper
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Will Steve Jobs Plead the Fifth?
Agence France Presse:
Britain to combat 'cyber-bullying' in schools
PC World:
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Fred / A VC:
Where Is Your Social Graph?  —  I know that I wrote not too long ago …
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Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Google sees Web search less exposed to mortgage woes
Discussion: WebProNews and
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meizu's MiniOne M8 GUI exposed: shame on you J. Wong
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Open source impossible to avoid, Gartner says
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealthy Startup Mixx Launches Into Private Beta
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