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6:35 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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BBC:
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OiNK Investigation Seeks Identities and Activities of Users
Discussion: Slyck and 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.
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Beyond Sustainability
Verizon:
Verizon Redefines 'Fast' With Groundbreaking FiOS Internet Service Featuring 20 Mbps Download and Upload Speeds  —  Service Is First of Its Kind Available to Consumers on a Mass Scale  —  Super-Fast Symmetrical Speed Enables Today's Most Interactive Online Experiences and Encourages Future Web Innovations
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Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon Unveils Symmetrical 20Mbps FiOS - So far only in NY, NJ and CT...
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Experience 'Search Engine Fatigue'  —  A recent report issued by Autobytel, based on on findings from a poll of 1,001 US adults conduted by Kelton Research, examined "The State of Search" and how automobile shoppers interact with search engines in particular.
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another day, another key Googler departs  —  Salman Ullah, Google's director of corporate development, has left the company to found a venture firm called Copper River Partners, we've learned from a source.  Ullah's LinkedIn profile confirms he is an "owner" of the firm.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
PR Newswire:
Oracle Delivers Letter to Board of BEA Systems  —  Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL - News) today announced that it had delivered a letter to the board of directors of BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS - News).  The text of the letter follows:  —  Board of Directors  —  BEA Systems, Inc.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle Says BEA Rejects Bid; Threatens To Pull Offer
Agence France Presse:
Samsung claims most powerful memory chip  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Tuesday it has developed the world's most powerful memory chip, which could help create a memory card capable of storing 80 DVD movies.  —  The company said in a statement it has developed the world's …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ubergizmo
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oag.state.ny.us:
VERIZON WIRELESS AGREES TO SETTLE DECEPTIVE MARKETING INVESTIGATION "UNLIMITED" INTERNET PLANS WERE ACTUALLY LIMITED COMPANY AGREES TO CHANGE PRACTICES AND REIMBURSE CUSTOMERS  —  New York, NY (Oct 23, 2007) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Verizon Wireless has agreed …
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
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Reuters:
Verizon Wireless settles N.Y. probe into marketing
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 41% Year over Year - Raises Financial Guidance - Expects Record Holiday Season  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
James Bannan / APC Magazine:
WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate  —  After weeks of gruelling troubleshooting, I've finally had it confirmed by Microsoft Australia and USA — something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com, Slashdot and Digg
StumbleUpon:
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Would-be identity thief finds himself stumped without printer drivers  —  There are a few things in this world that thieves need to keep in mind in order to run a successful criminal operation.  For example, don't take the cash you just stole from one bank to another bank down the street to have it deposited into your account.
Discussion: Engadget, PC World and Slashdot
 
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BustedTees offers sales commission through Facebook app
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Tom Spring / PC World:
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Next New Signs Deals With YouTube, TiVo
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Gets Into The T-Shirt Business With Zazzle
Discussion: Mashable!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's sleeper smartphone announcement: Live ID from your phone
Discussion: The Register
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F
Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
Music industry association recommends flat-rate file sharing
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Comcast to face lawsuits over BitTorrent filtering
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cisco buying WiMax start-up for $330 million
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AOL launches new mobile services
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Switches to Its Own Translation System