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12:40 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.
David Feng / blognation:
Mind Your Step: "Cyberwar" with the Search Engines?  —  Is it just me, or did someone not get the facts totally right?  If a TechCrunch article is to be believed, search engines like Google and Yahoo! seem to be, once again, invisible in the nation of 1.3 billion.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Baidu Hijacking Google Traffic In China  —  Google has done it hard in China.  Confined to acting within both local laws and US copyright laws it has failed to take the lead in a market that will have more broadband users that the United States in the next 12-18 months.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Google Blogoscoped:
Youtube is blocked in china  —, and is redirected to  —  Strange.  Very strange.  —  it seems that nearly all foreign search engines are abducted to  Philipp Lenssen even  what about
Discussion: AppScout and Mashable!
Digital Marketing South Africa / Digital Marketing …:   Yahoo Hijacked by Baidu?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Counterstrike: Murdoch, DeWolfe Announce MySpace Platform and New Privacy Controls  —  Rupert Murdoch and MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe announced some of their plans around the MySpace Platform (rumored since last week) this evening at the Web 2.0 conference during a Q&A with John Battelle.
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Facebook Frenzy?  Not So MySpace AND LinkedIn Fast  —  Poor MYSpace?  Playing catchup to Facebook, so goes conventional blogosphere "counterstrike" wisdom.  —  Irrelevant LinkedIn?  Fighting off extinction due to Facebook, so goes conventional blogosphere "death" wish wisdom.  —  NOT SO BLOGGER FAST!
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook flotation 'years out', says Zuckerberg
Discussion: WebProNews and Tech Trader Daily
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Expands Data Center Space
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2. conference in Q …
BBC:   MySpace opens door to developers
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Viacom's Daily Show YouTube Killer (and a Better Idea)
David Kaplan /
Viacom, Microsoft, News Corp., NBCU, Disney To Issue Guidelines …
Discussion: Reuters
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon lays out upcoming smartphone lineup; Samsung i760 comes first  —  No surprises in the mix here, but we're delighted to see that Verizon is finally getting official with four smart devices that have been rumored to be in its pipeline for ages.  Of the four, only the i760 from Samsung's …
Discussion: CNET and PalmAddicts
New Smartphone, PDA Options From Verizon Wireless Make Staying Connected A Personal Choice  —  SCH-i760 from Samsung Offers Verizon Wireless Exclusivity on the Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless is heading into the holidays with a roster …
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates still has a long to-do list  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Bill Gates has some unfinished business.  —  For years, the Microsoft chairman has been a fiery advocate, inside the company and out, for the notion that computers should be controlled, not just by mouse and keyboard, but also by more natural means …
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Skype Goes Mobile  —  Skype's new cell phone will deliver mobile access to its service.  The beleaguered carrier hopes to jump-start revenues overseas  —  Bit by bit, big names in the computing world are barging into the cell-phone business.  First came Apple's (AAPL) game-changing iPhone.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype To Launch Own Mobile Phone
Discussion: SMS Text News and blognation USA
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony confirms $400, 40GB PS3 for the US, price drop for 80GB model
Discussion: CNET
Interwoven Inc.:
Interwoven To Acquire Website Optimization Pioneer Optimost  —  Combination of Interwoven's Content Management Solutions with Optimost's Multivariable Testing and Optimization Solution Helps Organizations Maximize Online Business Performance  —  Interwoven, Inc. (NASDAQ: IWOV) …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Interwoven Acquires Optimost For $52 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock and CenterNetworks
Mobile phone use backed on planes  —  Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones on planes flying through European airspace.  —  Plans have been developed across EU countries to introduce technology which permits mobile calls without risk of interference with aircraft systems.
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Photo Gallery And Flickr  —  Kip noted yesterday about WLPG getting an update from Windows Update and included a Microsoft KB link, but what that link doesn't contain was what else might have come with that update.  You might remember last month we hinted that WLPG might support...
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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