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5:50 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: 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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Sees Online Revs Above $500M In 2007
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.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Microsoft's Popfly now in public beta
Discussion: Compiler
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.
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.)
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   @Web2.0: Cisco Gets Into Social Networking, Too
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 …
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
U.S. wants end to Allofmp3 spinoffs  —  WASHINGTON—Allofmp3.com, the controversial Russian online music store, may be effectively dead for now, especially if the sprawling country has any hopes of joining the World Trade Organization any time soon.  —  But Russia's allegedly lackluster …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   House international piracy hearing targets China, Russia, and... Canada?
Reuters:
Sony to sell new 40GB PlayStation 3 in U.S.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) will launch a cheaper model of its PlayStation 3 in the United States, hoping to attract more buyers as it goes up against rival game consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo this holiday.
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Matt Peckham / Game On:
Time to Buy a PlayStation 3?  —  It's officially official …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Salon
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 …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
MySpace Needs Internal Not External Developers  —  To read the coverage of MySpace's announcements on its new "platform" at the Web 2.0 conference, you would think that the site had been as closed to the outside world as North Korea, and is only opening up under pressure from Facebook.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Web is the Platform  —  The platform wars are over.  Long live the Web.  That was the basic message delivered by Jeff Huber, Google's vice president of engineering, in a ten-minute presentation at Web 2.0 a few minutes ago.  His talk was nominally about widgets (which Google calls Gadgets).
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Digital Download
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: a Solution Abroad  —  Some Movies Are Available  —  In Opposing Format Overseas;  —  Turn Off the French Dubbing  —  Some savvy consumers are looking overseas for a way to take some of the risk out of buying a next-generation DVD player.
Discussion: Engadget HD, Gizmodo and CinemaTech
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD posts third quarter loss; Signs of improvement
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Reuters:
Google quarterly profit swells 46 percent
Discussion: New York Times
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives
Discussion: Gearlog
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
@Web2.0: Steve Ballmer Wants To Buy Your Company
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Convenience Can Be More Important Than Free
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Deutsche Bank: Worst-Case Scenario at eBay
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: Panel on Facebook as a Platform
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Digg This Headline, For Google's Sake
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
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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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