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5:55 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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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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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Mozilla Should Be Renamed Googzilla or GoogleFox
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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.
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
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.
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 …
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: Valleywag, mocoNews.net and WebProNews
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
 
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Apple Can Keep Its Value
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacUser
ClickZ:
Medio Enables Site Search for WAP Publishers
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Another day, another key Googler departs
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Would-be identity thief finds himself stumped without printer drivers
Discussion: PC World and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU wants new international agreement targeted at pirates, counterfeiters
Discussion: ec.europa.eu
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
OLPC looks for manufacturing scale, targets deep-pocketed donors
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
BustedTees offers sales commission through Facebook app
Tom Spring / PC World:
Free 411: Putting Google and Microsoft to the Test
Discussion: WebProNews and Virtual Earth
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Next New Signs Deals With YouTube, TiVo
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
KickApps Announces Partnership with VeriSign and One-Click Mobile Upload
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
BBC:
Tiny chips flash memory advance
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cisco buying WiMax start-up for $330 million
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AOL launches new mobile services
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Facing Competition, iTunes Revs Up Its Film Section