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12:50 PM ET, June 7, 2006


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Washington Post:
Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds  —  Dressed in blue jeans, silver mesh sneakers and a black T-shirt and jacket, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin came to Washington yesterday to lobby members of Congress and found it was a little harder than he had hoped it would be to get meetings.
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Brin says Google compromised principles  —  WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.  He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Agence France Presse: blocked in China: media watchdog
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google to add Albums to Picasa!  And I Need to Vent  —  Google-love is getting out of hand.  In fact, Google is getting out of hand.  —  After I wrote about the launch of Google Spreadsheets this morning, one commenter said "Its very nice and sleak.  Will be very useful for keeping track of money etc" …
Phillip Swann /
TiVo Steps Up Internet TV  —  The Digital Video Recording service adds online programming for TV viewers.  —  Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2006) — TiVo today announced that it's adding 10 companies that will provide online programming for subscribers to watch on TV.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Browser
USA Today:
TiVo diversifies its lineup with Web video  —  NEW YORK — TiVo on Wednesday steps up its effort to erase the line between broadband video and conventional TV — and draw a sharper line between TiVo and in-house cable and satellite digital video recorder (DVR) offerings.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood  —  BETWEEN "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," Francis Ford Coppola made a movie called "The Conversation."  It stars Gene Hackman as a paranoid wiretapper in Watergate-era San Francisco, and the cast includes Robert Duvall, a young Harrison Ford …
Discussion: Techdirt and Scripting News
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Google: Don't Not Be Evil  —  Google's mantra is "Don't be evil," which as corporate mottoes go is the equivalent of "Build an eternal bonfire in the parking lot and fuel it with thousand-dollar bills and the occasional Gutenberg Bible."  —  The worldwide market for evil is stratospheric …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Major League Baseball takes swing at Sling Media  —  LOS ANGELES—Major League Baseball wants Sling Media to stop slinging around the league's content.  —  Sling enables TV viewers to access their set-top or TiVo boxes from anywhere in the world via any device that connects to the Web.
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
A Sixth Sense for a Wired World  —  What if, seconds before your laptop began stalling, you could feel the hard drive spin up under the load?  Or you could tell if an electrical cord was live before you touched it?  For the few people who have rare earth magnets implanted in their fingers …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Tanya Klowden / Infinite Loop:
Apple dumps more countersue-age on Creative  —  If you enjoy legal dramas, it must have been tough the past couple weeks now that sweeps are over and network programming is on hiatus.  Lucky for you, Apple has really stepped up to the plate recently to meet your summer legal drama needs.
Jo Singstad /
The Consumer Council of Norway is on track to win case against iTunes  —  The Consumer Council of Norway won support for almost all its complaints regarding iTunes Music Store.  This is a great victory for the digital rights of Norwegian consumers.  —  On 25th January, the Consumer Council lodged …
Discussion: Engadget, Boing Boing, B2Day and Techdirt
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Why Getting the User To Create Web Content Isn't Always Progress  —  At first, it seemed like the sort of silly, self-serving thing that many companies are wont to say about their products.  Only later did I realize it represented the opening of another front in the battle against traditional culture …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
New Research Product Tracks from Search to Sale  —  Research firm comScore Networks will offer qSearch Retail, a product that measures consumer behavior from an initial Web search to subsequent conversions, even when the purchase is done offline.  The product combines the company's panel data with subsequent surveys.
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Blind inventor makes web accessible  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A new device that will make internet content available to blind people without the need for computer skills is to be launched in a few months' time.  —  The SpeakOn gadget has been developed by Chris Mairs …
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
UK grows i-mode fastest outside Japan  —  O2 claims i-mode raps WAP  —  HAVING ACQUIRED some 0.25 million subscribers in just seven months, O2 claims its UK service is the fastest growing i-mode service outside Japan.  —  It also claims that some 75 per cent of those subscribers (ie 200,000) …
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