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10:05 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Verizon discovers symmetry, offers 20/20 symmetrical FiOS service
Karl / DSLreports:   Verizon Unveils Symmetrical 20Mbps FiOS - So far only in NY, NJ and CT...
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Ex-Googlers Ready to Start a VC Fund
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 …
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Jason Jennings / Rev2.org:
I'm In the Thick of It - Google Maps Keeps Me Up To Date
Discussion: Computerworld
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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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Facebook Set to Introduce Major Ad Play  —  Social Network Could Unveil 'SocialAds' at NYC Event Next Month  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The invitation, sent to advertisers and agencies in New York, arrived carved onto a Lucite brick:  —  "You are invited to a discussion with Mark Zuckerberg …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching SocialAds Network November 6th
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Register
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Tidbits from Steve Ballmer's CTIA keynote
Discussion: The Register
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.
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.
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BBC:
Huge pirate music site shut down
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Amazon: Good but not good enough  —  Web retailer's earnings climb 313 percent from last year, citing low prices and free shipping; but stock falls after-hours.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Amazon.com Inc. reported healthy increases in third-quarter sales and earnings …
Discussion: Business Week
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Amazon Q3 Sales Jump 41 Percent; Income Soars
Discussion: New York Times
Doc Searls Weblog:
Too much face(book) time  —  Here's the problem.  For me, anyway.  —  I believe the Net is an open place.  Same with the Web.  —  I also believe private walled gardens on the Web are fine things.  Nothing wrong with them.  —  My problem is when the former starts looking and acting like the latter.
Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
FunnyOrDie creators go to extremes  —  NEW YORK — The creators behind FunnyOrDie.com have a new idea to give their site life: death-defying sports.  —  The site announced Tuesday that it is launching ShredOrDie.com, a site featuring shortform video aimed at the skater …
Discussion: TechCrunch, NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Mattj / Dopplr Blog:
In rainbows  —  We get asked a lot about the colour-coding we give to places in Dopplr: what it represents, why we did it, how are the colours assigned.  —  One of the main 'atoms' of Dopplr is unsurprisingly, place - so to make that run through the warp-and-weft of the user-interface, and our branding, was extremely important.
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: CNET News.com, PC World and Slashdot
 
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
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Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon Busted For 'Unlimited' Marketing - Settles for a million …
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That Comcastic Voice and Data Network
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Amazon Patents Including a String at End of a URL
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Broadband-over-power-lines battle goes to court
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Free 411: Putting Google and Microsoft to the Test
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James Bannan / APC Magazine:
WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple should start offering Windows-based Macs
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Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Facing Competition, iTunes Revs Up Its Film Section
 

 
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