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7:15 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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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Beyond Sustainability
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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 …
BBC:
Tiny chips flash memory advance  —  Electronics giant Samsung has shown off what it claims is the world's most powerful chip for use in memory cards.  —  The 64 gigabit (Gb) chips could be used to make flash memory, commonly used in MP3 players, capable of holding the equivalent of 80 DVDs, the firm said.
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Agence France Presse:
Samsung claims most powerful memory chip
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ubergizmo
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.
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft considering opening up device manager  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Microsoft's new Mobile Device Manager faces a shortcoming because it is exclusive to Windows Mobile devices, but that might change, an executive said on Tuesday.  —  Scott Horn, general manager at Microsoft's mobile …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's sleeper smartphone announcement: Live ID from your phone
Discussion: The Register
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Expands Social Search Across the Web
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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!
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Comcast Blocks Some Traffic, Won't Explain Itself  —  Comcast's apparent policy of blocking some BitTorrent traffic, which has been discussed on tech sites [example] for months, has now broken out into the mainstream press.  Comcast is making things worse by refusing to talk plainly about what they are doing and why.
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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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yang: Being Yahoo CEO is a 'lonely job'  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—Being chief executive of Yahoo is "a lonely job," says Jerry Yang, who co-founded the company in 1994 and was promoted to the top job in June in a management shakeup.  —  "It is a lonely job in the sense …
Discussion: Bits, Valleywag and Business Week
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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
BustedTees offers sales commission through Facebook app  —  BustedTees, the Web site responsible for that "Prose before Hos" t-shirt that you wore to your English 101 final exam, has announced a Facebook Platform application that offers to split cash revenue with users willing to install it.
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Broadband-over-power-lines battle goes to court
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Asian Linux Distributor Strikes Patent Covenant with Microsoft
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Apple Can Keep Its Value
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacUser
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Would-be identity thief finds himself stumped without printer drivers
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Free 411: Putting Google and Microsoft to the Test
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Next New Signs Deals With YouTube, TiVo
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IT majors forge SAFECode alliance
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cisco buying WiMax start-up for $330 million
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Facing Competition, iTunes Revs Up Its Film Section
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Switches to Its Own Translation System