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4:40 PM ET, September 21, 2007

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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: 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
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 …
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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 …
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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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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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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
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   UK wants to open 900MHz spectrum; Google "considering its move"
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SK Telecom handing over $270 million (more) to Helio  —  As if receiving $200 million from SK Telecom and EarthLink back in July wasn't enough, Helio is now set to accept (up to) a $270 million check from SK Telecom.  According to EarthLink, SK Telecom will "invest up to $270 million in Helio …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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 …
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:   The open source advantage: Firefox's leaky dam gets more fingers …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
Joe Fay / The Register:
No more buys from Acer  —  Acer has pulled itself off the acquisition trail for the foreseeable future and will spend the next couple of years digesting Gateway and Packard Bell.  —  Acer reckons its integration plan for Gateway will be in place for November, with the combined company ready to hit the ground on 1 January.
Discussion: Inquirer, Reuters and Global Nerdy
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
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 …
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.
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox 3.0 alpha blocks malware, secures plug-in updates
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to join Vodafone in upgrade to LTE
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Usability test: Does iPhone match the hype?
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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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Will Steve Jobs Plead the Fifth?
Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
GPL Finally Goes to Court in US
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