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2:30 PM ET, September 21, 2007

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CommsDay:
Google plans new undersea "Unity" cable across Pacific  —  Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009, Communications Day has learned.  —  The Unity cable has been under development for several months, with a group of carriers …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Has Google Plans to Lay a Pacific Cable?  —  Google may be the ultimate do-it-yourself company.  From the start, Google's sense of its own engineering superiority, combined with a tightwad sensibility, led it to build its own servers.  It writes is own operating systems.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 and How To Split An Atom
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Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Bedford mom sues Virgin Mobile over teen's photo in ad
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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
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 …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ellison: Where's the big money in SaaS?  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says software as a service and the small business markets are interesting, but not terribly profitable.  In other words, Ellison largely dismissed SAP's Business ByDesign.  —  But the dismissal isn't exactly what it seems.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and The Open Road
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Nick / Rough Type:
The week that Big Software shattered
Discussion: Between the Lines
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google plans move into UK mobile and broadband market  —  Google is considering a move into the UK wireless market after the regulator Ofcom yesterday proposed grabbing back more than a third of the mobile phone spectrum that Vodafone and O2 have been using for 22 years to auction it for new entrants.
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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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 …
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.
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.
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
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?
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: Mobilitee and Mike Rowehl
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Luca Passani / wurfl.sourceforge.net:
Vodafone UK is abusing its position
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google's stock price soars to new high  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s stock reached a new high Friday, reflecting Wall Street's renewed faith in the Internet search leader as it introduces new ways for advertisers to reach its steadily expanding online audience.
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Kraft Group investing $10m in a Net start-up, Matchmine  —  Firm aims to track users' tastes, help ads be more on target  —  NEEDHAM - The Kraft Group, best known for its investments in projects like Gillette Stadium and the New England Patriots, is sinking $10 million into an Internet start …
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to join Vodafone in upgrade to LTE  —  CDMA to lose major backer  —  Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Group plc will both use Long Term Evolution technology as the 4G evolution path for their respective networks, according to remarks by company executives this week.
 
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David Haskin / Computerworld:
Usability test: Does iPhone match the hype?
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"Conversation" application launched at Nokia Beta Labs
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
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Joe Fay / The Register:
No more buys from Acer  —  Acer has pulled itself off …
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Karl / dslreports.com:
The High Price Cable TV 'Cartel' - Lawsuit pushes for a la carte channel choices...
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Snowed By SCO  —  BOSTON -  —  In the print edition …
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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
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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 …
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
A laptop slip cover for the butterfingered
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Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Open source impossible to avoid, Gartner says
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple blacklisting hacked iPhones?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealthy Startup Mixx Launches Into Private Beta
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