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8:45 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 …
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:, 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."
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  — said in a statement: … During her time at Congdon did a number of projects, including …
Chris / TVNewser:
Amanda Congdon Gone From  —  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:
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
ABN Amro customer deets tip up on BearShare  —  Social security numbers and other sensitive information belonging to more than 5,000 customers of ABN Amro Mortgage Group have been leaked onto the BearShare file-sharing network by a former employee, according to news reports.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:   Mortgage data leaked over file network
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Shares Hit All Time High  —  Google (GOOG) shares today have hit an all time high.  The search engine giant now has a market cap of close to $175 billion, a just a few billion below Wal-Mart (WMT).  (To provide just a modicum of perspective here, current Street revenue estimates …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google's stock price soars to new high
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Jesse Ruderman / Indistinguishable from Jesse:
Firefox memory usage and memory leak news
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google and Click Fraud: ClickForensics CEO Fires Back
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 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?
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.
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
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Brad Stone / NYT:
One Anti-Piracy System to Rule Them All
Discussion: Bit Player
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
MIT student arrested for entering Boston airport with "fake bomb"
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Microsoft leaks its own search plans
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Zync: Making Local Search Personal
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
What content would you pay for (if any) on a newspaper site?
Discussion: Financial Times
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mobile Start-Up Scanbuy at Digitivity
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
PirateBay Fires a Broadside of Complaints to Police
Discussion: The Pirate Bay and Valleywag
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Ongoing Blind Belief In Mobile Broadcast TV
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
New Firefox 3.0 alpha blocks malware, secures plug-in updates
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its Specs [UPDATE]
comScore Releases August U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google plans move into UK mobile and broadband market
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
$130 Zunes — $10 Woot credit mocks Apple
The Forbes 400  —  One billion dollars is no longer enough.