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3:05 PM ET, September 21, 2007

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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
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
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
ABC to Offer Free Shows Online Via AOL  —  ABC tries to steal NBC's thunder with its own announcement.  —  As reported at DailyTech, NBC Universal announced this week that it would be launching a direct download service to allow viewers to download episodes of their TV shows free of charge.
Discussion: Associated Press and Neowin.net
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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
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
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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 …
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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sony's Playstation Eye gets a release date  —  For those of you whose salivary glands have been working overtime when thinking about Sony's new Playstation Eye PS3 camera accessory (and we're sure there's at least one or two of you), you better go get a napkin.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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?
 
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comScore Releases August U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Shutdown of eDonkey file-sharing servers may be short-lived
Discussion: Neowin.net
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to join Vodafone in upgrade to LTE
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Usability test: Does iPhone match the hype?
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google's stock price soars to new high
Tommi / Tommi's S60 applications blog:
"Conversation" application launched at Nokia Beta Labs
Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Radeon HD2900Pro 1GB, and2900GT 256MB appear
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Joe Fay / The Register:
No more buys from Acer  —  Acer has pulled itself off …
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Times of London:
Office staff lose their jobs after bosses catch them trading on eBay
Discussion: Techdirt
Karl / dslreports.com:
The High Price Cable TV 'Cartel' - Lawsuit pushes for a la carte channel choices...
Discussion: Ars Technica
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Snowed By SCO  —  BOSTON -  —  In the print edition …
Discussion: Valleywag
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?
Fred / A VC:
Where Is Your Social Graph?  —  I know that I wrote not too long ago …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Open source impossible to avoid, Gartner says
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple blacklisting hacked iPhones?
 

 
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