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6:45 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites  —  Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Is China Attacking US Search Engines?
Discussion: VentureBeat and rexduffdixon.com
David Feng / blognation China:
Mind Your Step: "Cyberwar" with the Search Engines?
Discussion: Joe Duck and 901am
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Group of Net, Media Companies To Announce Copyright Guidelines  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Internet, media and technology companies plans to announce today a set of guidelines they have agreed on aimed at protecting copyrights online, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Studios unveil their copyright protection guidelines  —  A coalition of major media and technology companies that notably does not include Google appears to be getting serious about copyright on the Internet.  —  A who's who of media companies—CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group …
Discussion: Computerworld and Macsimum News
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Web, media companies issue copyright use principles
Discussion: CNET News.com and Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Sees Online Revs Above $500M In 2007
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ballmer: MSFT will acquire 20 companies a year  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer just said at the Web 2.0 conference here in San Francisco that the software giant will acquire 20 companies a year for the next 5 year, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.
Discussion: Beet.TV and eWEEK.com
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
@Web2.0: Steve Ballmer Wants To Buy Your Company  —  Alberto Escarlate, the CTO-turned-reporter, sends us these dispatches from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Web 2.0 Q&A session with John Battelle:  —  How are the Facebook negotiations coming along?  —  "Mark Zuckerberg says it goes pretty well.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly  —  Microsoft just demoed on stage at the Web 2.0 conference a slick Silverlight application development service called Popfly, which just opened up in beta.  Popfly lets anyone, even non-coders, create web mashups without writing a single line of code.
Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Google Says Its Health Platform Is Due In Early 2008  —  Google plans to bring its immense data storage and organization capacities to the field of medical care and patient records, Marissa Mayer, the company's head of search, said at the Web 2.0 Summit.  —  Telling her audience to …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3 to go native in appearance  —  What do you get when you cross a Firefox with a chameleon?  —  An open-source Web browser whose user interface is adapted to the look of the operating system it's running on.  One change planned for the upcoming Firefox version 3, code-named Gran Paradiso, is this more native appearance.
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives  —  Major music labels try to staunch drop in CD sales with new USB format singles  —  DailyTech reported not long ago that iTunes is now the largest music seller — Apple announced in September that iTunes had sold 3 billion downloads since it started selling music.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gear Live
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives
Discussion: Gearlog
Wall Street Journal:
Will Social Features Make Email Sexy Again?  —  Email providers are trying to steal some of social networking's thunder as fast-growing services like Facebook Inc. begin to encroach on their turf.  —  The biggest Web email services — including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Viacom to offer all clips of 'Daily Show' online  —  Switching gears, it will provide free views of the program in a bid to generate ad revenue.  —  NEW YORK — Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it's also taking lessons from the online video service.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
It's Here!  Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives  —  The latest and greatest Ubuntu arrived on Oct. 18.  —  Ubuntu users rejoice.  Ubuntu 7.10 is here.  —  Ubuntu, the remarkably popular desktop Linux distribution that tries to bring the latest and greatest open-source programs every six months, arrived Oct. 18.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System  —  Moving on, next at the Web 2.0 conference, Cisco's (CSCO) Dan Scheinman, to talk about the networking giant's strategy in social networking.  (They have acquired Tribe and various other things.)
Reuters:
Google quarterly profit swells 46 percent  —  Web search leader Google reported on Thursday a 46 percent rise in profit that topped Wall Street expectations, fueled by accelerating market share gains and tighter cost controls.  —  Third-quarter net income rose to $1.07 billion …
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Times
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialMedia raises $3.5M to sell ads across social networks  —  SocialMedia, a company that lets small Facebook applications get exposure by bidding on ad links within Facebook popular applications, has just raised $3.5 million in financing.  —  Using the marketplace offered by SocialMedia …
 
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Financial Times:
Sony and Microsoft step up fight with Wii
Business Wire:
Platial Acquires Frappr, Creates #1 Social Map Site
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits
Washington Post:
Can You Hear Us Now?  —  Verizon Shouldn't Be A Cellphone Censor
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Convenience Can Be More Important Than Free
Discussion: hypebot
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: Panel on Facebook as a Platform
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: a Solution Abroad
Discussion: Gizmodo, CinemaTech and Engadget HD
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Digg This Headline, For Google's Sake
Discussion: Cameron Olthuis
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Web is the Platform  —  The platform wars are over.  Long live the Web.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality
stevenberlinjohnson.com:
APPLE OPENS UP  —  It struck me yesterday reading Steve Jobs …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba's new circular LCDs: because your eyes are round
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates still has a long to-do list
BBC:
Mobile phone use backed on planes
 

 
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Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

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