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7:10 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GoogleNET Going Global  —  More than 15 months ago, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt publicly admitted that he wanted to build an infrastructure for what would be a global $100 billion company.  Given that the search giant's revenues are projected to reach just over $30 billion by the end of this decade …
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: Rough Type and Gizmodo
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New From Google Labs: 'Google Undersea Data Cable' … If your corporate mission is to organize the world's ever-increasing mass of digital information and make it universally accessible and useful, sooner or later the telecom costs and peering fees associated with the transmission …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Plans Pacific Cable, Wireless Bid In The UK
Discussion: WSJ.com, MarketWatch and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To "Out Open" Facebook On November 5  —  Yesterday a select group of fifteen or so industry luminaries attended a highly confidential meeting at Google's headquarters in Mountain View to discuss the company's upcoming plans to address the "Facebook issue."
Nick / Rough Type:
The week that Big Software shattered  —  For the last decade or so, the world of enterprise software, which I'll define as the programs that larger companies use to automate their basic processes, has been fairly monolithic and fairly predictable.  Companies installed complex ERP-style systems …
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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.
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 …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
The open source advantage: Firefox's leaky dam gets more fingers, yours could be one.  —  Yesterday, among other things, I ranted about how my Firefox was grinding to a halt.  About the only pattern I noticed is that I can some times revive my system if I close the instance of Firefox …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Clicks That Count  —  Depending on whom you ask, click fraud is either an unsolvable quagmire threatening the online ad industry or, as Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said last year, "immaterial."  —  That disconnect is growing.  According to a July report from the click-fraud auditing …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google and Click Fraud: ClickForensics CEO Fires Back
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
Chris / TVNewser:
Amanda Congdon Gone From ABCNews.com  —  Tipped off by our friends from FishbowlLA, TVNewser can confirm that Amanda Congdon and ABC News are parting company.  Congdon shot to web stardom on Rocketboom and has been working for the network for the last year.  Here's the statement from ABC:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Internet Celebrity Doesn't Translate: Amanda Congdon Let Go By ABC
Discussion: Fark.com
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: Snapvine turns up the volume a notch  —  WHAT DO 50 CENT, Enrique Iglesias and Vanessa Hudgens have in common?  They are among the millions of people using an online voice player from Seattle's Snapvine, a service that allows them to add and receive voice messages directly on their MySpace pages.
comScore:
comScore Releases August U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace.  Among core search engines in August 2007, Google Sites remained the top search property …
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.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Mortgage data leaked over file network  —  NEW YORK - Three spreadsheets containing more than 5,000 Social Security numbers and other personal details about customers of ABN Amro Mortgage Group were inadvertently leaked over an online file-sharing network by a former employee.
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.
 
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Joe Fay / The Register:
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