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2:50 PM ET, October 20, 2007

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Nick / Rough Type:
The business case for TimesSelect  —  Last month, the New York Times discontinued TimesSelect, the program that required readers to pay a subscription fee to read popular columnists and access the paper's archives.  The news was greeted with whoops and hollers from the members of the web's hallelujah chorus …
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Major pirate website shut down  —  One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.  —  The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest …
Discussion: p2pnet, TechWag, Slashdot and Digg
Google News Blog:
Google News goes social  —  Whether it is from our homepage, one of our RSS feeds, or on a mobile device, Google News seeks to connect people with the news that matters to them — wherever they may be.  As part of that goal we are pleased to announce the Google News Application for Facebook.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
RESTING MY CASE (AGAIN)  —  The company that wrote the book on the "walled garden" variety of web experience, AOL, laid off another 1,200 employees this week, a bloodbath by anybody's standards.  And for those media companies out there that continue to cling to the assumption that YOU provide …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
YieldBuild Will Try To Pay You More Than AdSense  —  Simply slapping AdSense on your site is one of the easiest, but not necessarily best, ways to monetize your website.  There are a lot of factors that go into getting the most out of your ad units.  They range from placement, color, ad network, or even time of day.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CSI:NY Comes To Second Life Wednesday  —  Second Life is bracing itself for an influx of new members this coming week with the long awaited episode of CSI:NY does Second Life to be shown in the United States on Wednesday.  —  The episode will see Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) …
Discussion: Hightouch
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on Video of the new Palm Treo 500v Home Screen Navigation  —  While the new Treo 500v doesn't includes too much customized software, as we have seen it before with the Palm Treo 750 and 750v, the Treo 500v features one innovation which is a completely redesigned Home screen layout and menu structure.
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Sleazy Linkers Lose An Ally  —  Seems as if there's a bit of a groundswell building against internal links, which I got all upset about a few months ago.  (internal linking is where you place a link on a word like, say, Google, but instead of actually linking to Google you link to another page on your own blog about Google.)
Discussion: Things That and Bloggers Blog
Google Code Blog:
Blogger GData JavaScript client library released with offline Blogger client example  —  Near the end of September we announced the release of a new GData JavaScript client library that allowed you to do full read-write access to Google Calendar from JavaScript.  —  We now have another service for you to have at.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Online Ads Will Move Away From Search  —  Well, what do you do when you're the small kid on a basketball team?  Walk away from the game, I guess.  That's my thought after reading a Bloomberg piece this afternoon quoting Microsoft (MSFT) executives as saying that the online ad business …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Era of Semantic Apps  —  I'm here at the Semantic Edge panel at the Summit, moderated by Tim O'Reilly and featuring W. Daniel Hillis (Co-Chairman and CTO, Applied Minds), Barney Pell (Founder and CEO of Powerset), Nova Spivack (Twine - see our review here).  The panel starts with demos from each of the three speakers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr To Add Online Photo Editing Tools Via Picnik  —  Fotoflexer may be my personal favorite among the many online photo editing tools, but Flickr has chosen Seattle-based Picnik (profile) to handle the long requested photo editing feature for Flickr users.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Don't Click On This Link Unless You Don't Mind A Grand Jury Knowing What You Read  —  from the privacy?  -schmivacy dept  —  Apparently two executives from Village Voice Media (publishers of The Village Voice and other independent newspapers) were arrested yesterday for revealing grand jury information …
Chris Pirillo:
Christmas Music Parody - Blue Vista  —  Every year, I enjoy making a tech-themed parody out of a Christmas song.  This year is no exception.  Welcome to "Blue Vista".  —  We were talking about Christmas and Vista both in the chat room today.  Someone laughed and mentioned "Blue Vista Christmas" and inspiration struck.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and WinExtra
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Sun starts bidding adieu to mobile-specific Java  —  SAN FRANCISCO—One area where Sun Microsystems' Java caught on was in mobile phones, but a leader of the project is working to eventually replace the mobile-specific version of the software.  —  Java Standard Edition (SE) …
 
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Masaki Suenaga / Symantec Corp.:
RealPlayer Exploit On The Loose
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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