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5:10 PM ET, June 7, 2006

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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 …
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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.
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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.
Agence France Presse:
Google.com blocked in China: media watchdog
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
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.
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Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
Discussion: SearchViews
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 …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Craigslist is being blocked by Cox Interactive - is this a net neutrality issue?  —  Is this what the loss of net neutrality will bring?  —  An SVW reader left this tip: … I did investigate further, I walked out of my apartment and across Alamo Square and popped in on Jim Buckmaster, the CEO of Craigslist.
Discussion: Successful Blog
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Cynthia Brumfield / ipdemocracy.com:
Is Cox Blocking Craigslist?
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: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
emigroup.com:
EMI Music becomes the first major music company to make its catalog available to Qtrax: the world's first ad-supported, legitimate P2P service  —  NEW YORK - JUNE 5, 2006 — EMI Music, the world's largest independent music company, and e-commerce software developer LTDnetwork Inc. today announced …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Slashdot
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.
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Design Concept: Paper Cellphone  —  Pioneer To Delay Blu-Ray Player [ExtremeTech]  —  Design Concept: Paper Cellphone  —  READ MORE: CELLPHONES, DESIGN CONCEPT, PAPER, YANKO  —  A group of designers have proposed "Paper Says," a cellphone whose electronic innards are recyclable and whose outside is made of paper.
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
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" …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Microsoft working on tiny Haiku PC  —  Microsoft expects to have the mini-Tablet PC on the market within a few years  —  The launch of the ultra-mobile PC hasn't quenched Microsoft's thirst to find a blockbuster product in the portable PC space.  In fact, the company has continued to work …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FOR SALE  —  On Saturday, Steve Rubell outed our Classified System, which we've been quietly baking on our local news pages for about a month.  While we still think it's a bit premature to crow about this, given that a classified system is only as good as the ads it gets …
Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
Seagate to offer hybrid hard drives for Vista notebooks  —  Scotts Valley (CA) - Seagate is accelerating the pace towards a perpendicular-only hard drive line-up.  Within the next three quarters, the company will launch ten new hard drives ranging from pocket drives to high-end enterprise units.
Discussion: Gizmodo and PodTech.net
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SoonR, the mobile-to-PC company, raises $4 million
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Comic book software touted as marketer's dream
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Mike / Techdirt:
Once Again, You Cannot Sue Google Just Because Your Ranking Sucks
Heather Forsgren Weaver / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel leads chorus opposing AT&T-BellSouth merger
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Wall Street Journal:
NBC Battles, and Joins With, Video Web Sites
Discussion: GigaOM and Joseph Laszlo
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Study: Top 4 Percent of Queries Matter Most
Tanya Klowden / Infinite Loop:
Apple dumps more countersue-age on Creative
 Earlier Items: 
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Social Media Sites Start Snagging Big-Name Marketers
Discussion: paidContent.org
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
How to Kick Silicon Valley's Butt
Discussion: Scripting News
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Blind inventor makes web accessible
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ON FARECAST: RIP ME OFF NO MORE
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
UK grows i-mode fastest outside Japan
Paul Korzeniowski / Yahoo! News:
Balloon Cell Towers Starting To Take Flight
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
Jo Singstad / forbrukerportalen.no:
The Consumer Council of Norway is on track to win case against iTunes
Nick Haywood / hexus.net:
Small and expandable...  Kingston, those memory folk …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo