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12:55 PM ET, October 20, 2007

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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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) …
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
InfoWorld:
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.
InfoWorld:
AT&T sues Vonage for patent infringement  —  AT&T filed a lawsuit against VoIP provider Vonage on Friday seeking damages for alleged patent infringement.  —  The lawsuit comes just days after Vonage settled a patent-infringement lawsuit with telecom provider Sprint Nextel.
 
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Masaki Suenaga / Symantec Corp.:
RealPlayer Exploit On The Loose
Discussion: TechWeb, The Register and eWEEK.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
StubHub Loses in Court, Moral Ambiguity Abounds
Discussion: The Register
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Coming with New Interface?
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Firefox 2.0.0.8 includes Apple Leopard support
Discussion: PC World
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows gets a 'Mini-Me'
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