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3:30 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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Facebook App for Google News
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic  —  Tests confirm data discrimination by number 2 U.S. service provider  —  NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Exits: Yahoo marketing chief escapes
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
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Paul Kedrosky's …
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.
Firefox Release Notes  —  Firefox 2 is the next-generation release of the award-winning Firefox web browser from Mozilla.  —  These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for Firefox 2.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Firefox includes Apple Leopard support
Discussion: PC World
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: Bloggers Blog
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
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.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Estimates: Radiohead Made $6-$10 Million on Initial Album Sales  —  Thom Yorke's representative told me that the band have "decided not to give out any figures" for sales of Radiohead's In Rainbows album, but that isn't stopping people from making their best guesses based on what little information is available.
Discussion: Mashable!, Switched and Slashdot
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, and The Register
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) …
Discussion: JD on EP
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 …
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Roger / Roger's Information Security Blog:
NASA Bans IE?  —  I heard that NASA is telling employees and contractors not to use IE due to malware affecting Internet Explorer and Real Player. … I haven't heard anything about attacks through realplayer and IE, much less through common sites that have been exploited.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Attacks exploiting RealPlayer zero-day in progress
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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Ina Fried / CNET
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Telecoms Outfit Banned From BitTorrent Advertizing
Discussion: heise online and Techdirt
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Nintendo's secret best-seller: Wii Play
Anne Broache / CNET
More states join call for extra Microsoft policing
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
If You Thought a Half-Hour of TV Was Worth 4 Minutes, Here's Proof
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's "Me Too" Strategy: Can the Tortoise Beat the Hare?
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.
Discussion: and Valleywag