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3:20 PM ET, October 23, 2007


 Top Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Servers Raided, Admin Arrested  —  The British and the Dutch police both contributed to the investigation that was initiated by the IFPI and the BPI, two well known anti-piracy organizations.  The operation was supported by Interpol who coordinated the international cooperation.
Huge pirate music site shut down  —  British and Dutch police have shut down a "widely-used" source of illegally-downloaded music.  —  A flat on Teesside and several properties in Amsterdam were raided as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK.
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
OiNK Busted
Discussion: The Register
British and Dutch police raids shut down the world's largest pre …
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
British Police at it Again: Admin Arrested
Discussion: p2pnet
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OiNK Investigation Seeks Identities and Activities of Users
Discussion: Digg
Traci Hailpern / Inside AdSense:
Coming soon: Make ad changes without replacing code  —  We're very excited to let you know about an upcoming feature that lets you easily manage your ad units from within your AdSense account.  It isn't live yet, but here's a sneak peek so you'll know what to expect in the coming weeks.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla banks Google bucks; Builds a portfolio  —  Mozilla has released its 2006 audited financials and that little Google search box in the top right of Firefox is the gift that keeps giving.  —  Mozilla's revenue, which includes Mozilla's foundation and corporation, came in at $66.8 million in 2006.
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Beyond Sustainability
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Switches to Its Own Translation System  —  Google switched the translation system from Systran to its own machine translation system for all the 25 language pairs available on the site.  Until now, Google used its own system only for Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's New Translation  —  Google switched to a new translation …
Discussion: Googling Google and Lifehacker
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle Says BEA Rejects Bid; Threatens To Pull Offer  —  Oracle (ORCL) this morning announced that its $17-a-share bid for BEA Systems (BEAS) has been rejected, for at least the second time.  Oracle says it will pull its bid from the table on Sunday if BEA does not change its mind.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple should start offering Windows-based Macs  —  Here's a question that I received from yesterday's mail bag: … Now, I have checked and I'm pretty sure that this email isn't from Steve Jobs, but it's an interesting question nonetheless.  Apple is, without a doubt …
Discussion: The Macalope and Channel 9
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mapping The Southern California Fires  —  I'm back home (my original home) in Southern California for vacation, and to welcome me back, the Southland is on fire.  Ah, just like old times.  As I was keeping up with the news, I came across some maps online from Google Earth, Google Maps …
Introducing SearchReviews!  —  We're really excited about this announcement.  We've been hearing great feedback from you about our SearchReviews feature that has been in beta, and allows you to see StumbleUpon ratings layered on your searches on the major engines - Google, Yahoo, Ask & more.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Got Game... Casual Game That Is!  —  First it was music, then web video, and now it is time for MySpace to turn the attention of its 100-million plus members to casual games.  The company has signed a deal with Oberon Media, and two companies will create a new casual gaming channel on MySpace.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco buying WiMax start-up for $330 million  —  Cisco Systems is getting into the WiMax market.  —  The networking equipment maker said Tuesday that it will spend $330 million in cash and assumed options for Navini Networks, a Richardson, Texas-based start-up that makes mobile WiMax equipment.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Facing Competition, iTunes Revs Up Its Film Section  —  When Edward Burns's latest romantic comedy, "Purple Violets," had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, it drew positive reviews, but only lukewarm offers from movie distributors.  —  Mr. Burns, the director of indie favorites like …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F  —  Microsoft has announced that support for the F# functional programming language will be fully integrated into Visual Studio.  This marks a bold new commitment to facilitating functional programming on the .NET platform …
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
Music industry association recommends flat-rate file sharing  —  I just heard from two contacts in Denmark that their branch of the International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) (the equivalent of America's RIAA and MPAA) has seriously proposed allowing unrestricted downloads …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, p2pnet, Compiler and hypebot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
With FriendCSV, Data Sneaks Out Facebook's Back Door  —  As we've suggested before, there is an underlying problem with many proprietary systems - such as Facebook - because information inside of them tends to get trapped.  Information flows in but not so easily back out.
Discussion: WebProNews
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John Leyden / The Register:
IT majors forge SAFECode alliance
Discussion: CNET
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
KickApps Announces Partnership with VeriSign and One-Click Mobile Upload
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Experience 'Search Engine Fatigue'
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Gets Into The T-Shirt Business With Zazzle
Discussion: Mashable!
James Bannan / APC Magazine:
WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's sleeper smartphone announcement: Live ID from your phone
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
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Chris Soghoian / CNET
Comcast to face lawsuits over BitTorrent filtering
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AOL launches new mobile services
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T talks up wireless, TV subscribers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Has America's First Friend Been Lying About His Age?
Discussion: Nelson's Weblog and Valleywag
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Privacy Lost: These Phones Can Find You