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11:50 PM ET, September 21, 2007

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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."
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Google to Envelope All Knowledge on November 5th, 2007
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, Gizmodo and Digg
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New From Google Labs: 'Google Undersea Data Cable'
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Plans Pacific Cable, Wireless Bid In The UK
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Internet Celebrity Doesn't Translate: Amanda Congdon Let Go By ABC  —  Amanda Congdon, best known as the original host of Rocketboom, has been let go by ABCNews.com.  —  ABCNews.com said in a statement: … During her time at ABCNews.com Congdon did a number of projects, including …
Discussion: Fark.com and Mark Evans
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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:
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PirateBay Fires a Broadside of Complaints to Police  —  A blog post on the site by administrator brokep states that they have been going through the emails from the recent MediaDefender leak, and have obtained proof, from them, that they are being targeted by several companies.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Bkp / The Pirate Bay:
TPB files charges against media companies  —  Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers.
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Usability test: Does iPhone match the hype?  —  Users try out the iPhone, HTC Touch and the Nokia N95  —  We all know that in the technology world, the hype about new products often doesn't match reality.  So it's fair to ask: Is the iPhone as good as its hype?
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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Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Citigroup Customer Data Leaked on LimeWire  —  Citgroup has confirmed that it's investigating a data breach involving the names, Social Security numbers and credit information of 5,208 customers leaked by an employee of its ABN Amro Mortgage Group unit onto the LimeWire peer-to-peer file-sharing network.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:   ABN Amro customer deets tip up on BearShare
PR Newswire:
DEMOfall 07 Conference Releases List of Participating Demonstrators  —  DEMOfall 07 Logo.  Event produced by Network World Events & Executive Forums.  (PRNewsFoto/NETWORK WORLD EVENTS)  —  SOUTHBOROUGH, MA UNITED STATES  —  69 Innovations to Debut at Conference
Discussion: Valleywag
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft leaks its own search plans  —  A Microsoft employee has posted details about planned changes to Microsoft's Live Search, ahead of an event next week where the company was slated to unveil the changes to reporters.  —  The changes to the search product, which were demonstrated …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The XP alternative for Vista PCs  —  update While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.  —  The program applies …
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 …
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Blaupunkt dumps CDs in new car stereo
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Coolest Gadgets
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Presenting: µBitTorrent  —  If you use torrents frequently …
Discussion: Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace News Is Stealing Your Search Results
Brad Stone / NYT:
One Anti-Piracy System to Rule Them All
Discussion: Bit Player
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zync: Making Local Search Personal
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
What content would you pay for (if any) on a newspaper site?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Hit All Time High
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Clicks That Count  —  Depending on whom you ask, click fraud …
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox 3.0 alpha blocks malware, secures plug-in updates
Discussion: Neowin.net
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
PodShow Available On TiVo
Discussion: NewTeeVee
comScore:
comScore Releases August U.S. Search Engine Rankings
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Venture Capital: Snapvine turns up the volume a notch
Joe Fay / The Register:
No more buys from Acer  —  Acer has pulled itself off …
Discussion: Reuters, Global Nerdy and Inquirer
Times of London:
Office staff lose their jobs after bosses catch them trading on eBay
Discussion: Mashable! and Techdirt
Sydney Morning Herald:
Virgin sued for using teen's photo
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Slim Aluminum MacBooks Coming Soon from Apple
 

 
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