Google Removes Its Help Entry on Censorship, More News — Incredible. Google removed their help entry on censorship, as Gary Price discovered. Here's what it used to read: — "Google does not censor results for any search term. The order and content of our results are completely automated …
Times of London:
Gates defends China's internet restrictions — Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft, took the rare step of standing up for arch-rival Google today as he argued that state censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Chris Anderson / Wired News:
The New Boom … Be careful what you wish for, all of you with the "Please, God, just one more bubble!" bumper stickers. It's getting wild again in Silicon Valley. In recent months, the breathtaking ascent of Google has lit a fire under its competitors, which include practically everyone in the online world.
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Predictions and More Speculation on a Google Music Service — Elinor Mills has a brief post reporting that Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck is predicting that Google will offer a digital music download service in the three to six months. Bear Sterns is using the name the name "Google Tunes" as their "code name" for the service.
Chris Garrett / Performancing.com:
Richmedia - An Adsense Format Too Far? — I was shocked and disappointed this morning when I saw the news reported by JenSense that Google are going to try "Rich Media" advertising formats through their network … OK, apparently they are more likely to be site targeted rather than contextual …
Alan / firingsquad.com:
The 5 Problems with Videogame Journalism — In the last year, a lot has been said about videogame journalism and the problems of the field. There is a belief that gaming reviewers play into the hands of the marketing machine instead of being actual critics who can help to improve the quality …
Discussion: The Game Chair
Change is good! — We have some great changes in MSN Spaces. — Have a picture that has a great story around it...you can now add a description to your photos. Your viewers can now add comment to photos as well as blogs. So make sure to go to someone's photo album and leave a comment on your favorite photo as well.
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
How Not To Deal With Blogs: A Case Study — From time to time, I get asked by people at various companies "about blogs and stuff", in particular how companies can best deal with blogs from a PR and marketing perspective. Two things I stress are sincerity and honesty.
David Pescovitz / Boing Boing: Carlo Longino uses Google cache to call Bluepulse on their B.S.
Jamie / PSP Sony PlayStation Portable:
Homebrew games and Emulation on PSP 2.50! — Fanjita Releases 2.0 eLoader for v2.00, v2.01 and v2.50 PSP's — PSP Updates forum moderator and hacker guru Fanjita has completed his first release of a new loader for 2.01+ PSP's called eLoader. While 2.60 is not currently supported …
Evan Blass / Engadget: Homebrew on PSPs running firmware 2.01 through 2.50!
The Coming Irrelevance Of My.Yahoo For Me — After reading Fooled By Randomness, I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed by the information on My.Yahoo page. I've had My.Yahoo as my default home page since 1997 or so and probably have it refresh (deliberately or otherwise) …
Gina Keating / Reuters:
LA sues over 'Grand Theft' game — LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) for selling pornographic video games to children with its best-selling game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which last year was found to have hidden sex scenes.
Discussion: Cathode Tan
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Venture Capital Blogs? They're About Anything But — BILLBURNHAM was having lunch with a fellow venture capitalist at a restaurant in Mountain View, Calif., two weeks ago when the topic turned to secrecy. His lunch mate had been describing a new Internet search start-up company he was investing in …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Rocky Mountain News:
Crecente: Schlock wave — Director's juggernaut of atrocious video game films mystifies critics, players — Uwe Boll makes movies everyone hates. — And he won't stop. — While the German-born director's ability to turn a mediocre video game into a truly reviled film is notorious …
Researchers: Rootkits headed for BIOS — Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-01-26 — ARLINGTON, Virginia — Insider attacks and industrial espionage could become more stealthy by hiding malicious code in the core system functions available in a motherboard's flash memory …
Discussion: eWEEK.com Security Blog
Ingrid Marson / silicon.com:
Royal Bank of Scotland opts for open source intranet — From Apache and Perl, to Python and Zope... The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has revealed it is working on a large content management system (CMS) based on the open source application server Zope. — At the end of last year …
Discussion: Datamation IT News Blog
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
MICROSOFT FISCAL 2006 Q2 RESULTS — This afternoon, Microsoft announced results for its fiscal 2006 second quarter, ended December 31. While the company's seven business units report separate P&Ls, the units are now contained within three larger business groups.
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