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11:05 AM ET, October 20, 2007


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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 …
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Exits: A shaken Sue Decker shakes up Yahoo marketing  —  Looks like Yahoo marketing head Cammie Dunaway's departure caught Sunnyvale offguard — much like sales chief Wenda Harris Millard's.  Yahoo president Sue Decker's followup email, sent out after Dunaway's announcement …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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) …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Firefox includes Apple Leopard support  —  Mozilla on Friday released version of its popular Firefox browser.  The new release includes support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.5 operating system, Leopard.  The new Firefox release also addresses several security flaws.
Discussion: PC World
AT&T unsure about bidding in 700MHz auction  —  AT&T hasn't decided whether it will bid for the highly desirable 700MHz band because it doesn't know if it can build a profitable business, given the open-access rules set for the wireless spectrum by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in July.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Reuters and Computerworld
Masaki Suenaga / Symantec Corp.:
RealPlayer Exploit On The Loose  —  Yesterday we became aware of an in-the-wild exploitation of a previously unknown RealPlayer vulnerability.  This unpatched vulnerability affects the latest versions of RealPlayer and RealPlayer 11 BETA distributed on their site.
Discussion: TechWeb, The Register and
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Coming with New Interface?  —  In our forums, surur tells us that had reported that Microsoft would be announcing Windows Mobile 6.1 in February, devices shipping in May.  The story has since been pulled (interesting), but the scuttlebut is that the main feature …
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