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11:25 PM ET, October 23, 2007

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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  —  The slow and steady exodus of executives from Google (GOOG) has been in progress for a while now.  Today, two senior members of the corporate development team left Googleplex for good, to start a new venture fund, Merus Capital.
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...
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
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Gmail gets IMAP  —  It appears that Google is working on integrating IMAP into Gmail.  Download Squad reader eD!  Thomas sent in a tip letting us know he came across the new IMAP setting while snooping around Gmail.  However, it is only appearing in select few Gmail and Google Apps for domains accounts at the moment.
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 and BizReport
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching SocialAds Network November 6th
Discussion: Widgify and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Tidbits from Steve Ballmer's CTIA keynote  —  Ballmer talks up mobile enterprise computing  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a little swipe at Google's possible plans to buy up the available 700 MHz spectrum that's up for auction in January.  When asked at the end of his keynote …
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Update: Microsoft considering opening up device manager
Discussion: eWEEK.com and The Register
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 …
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.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:   Amazon's Big Sales Boost: $75 Million From Currency
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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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BBC:
Huge pirate music site shut down
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2.0.0.8 update to be updated
Discussion: Computerworld
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: Good but not good enough  —  Web retailer's earnings …
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Would-be identity thief finds himself stumped without printer drivers
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
BustedTees offers sales commission through Facebook app
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Free 411: Putting Google and Microsoft to the Test
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