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2:15 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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David Feng / blognation China:
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.
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Youtube is blocked in china  —  Live.com,yahoo.com and blogsearch.google.com is redirected to baidu.com  —  Strange.  Very strange.  —  it seems that nearly all foreign search engines are abducted to baidu.com...  Philipp Lenssen even www.google.cn?  what about www.google.com?
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Is China Attacking US Search Engines?
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Digital Marketing South Africa / Digital Marketing …:   Yahoo Hijacked by Baidu?
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Viacom's Daily Show YouTube Killer (and a Better Idea)
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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Reuters:
Media companies seen in copyright pact
Discussion: The Register
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: Donna's SecurityFlash
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Time to Buy a PlayStation 3?  —  It's officially official: the recently announced $400 40GB PlayStation 3 slips onto shelves in the United States on November 2, while the 80GB model drops $100 to $500, giving Sony a much needed one-two sales punch this coming holiday season.
Discussion: Salon
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Reuters:
Sony to sell new 40GB PlayStation 3 in U.S.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony confirms $400, 40GB PS3 for the US, price drop for 80GB model
Discussion: CNET News.com
Verizon:
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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon lays out upcoming smartphone lineup; Samsung i760 comes first
Discussion: CNET News.com, PalmAddicts and Sprint
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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 …
Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
EBay shares drop following earnings report  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Shares of eBay Inc. slid more than 6% in morning trading Thursday amid worries on Wall Street that the company's core online auction business is slowing.  —  Late Wednesday, eBay (EBAY:, , ) reported results for the third quarter.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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BBC:
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.
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BBC:
Many stages  —  A spokesman for the UK regulator Ofcom …
Discussion: Christopher Null
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Interwoven Acquires Optimost For $52 Million  —  CMS provider Interwowen has acquired New York City based Optimost for $52 million in an all cash deal.  —  Optimost provides web optimization services for clients including Ask.com, Auto Trader, Delta Air Lines, FAO Schwarz, Lenovo, and MGM Mirage.
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Interwoven Inc.:
Interwoven To Acquire Website Optimization Pioneer Optimost
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 …
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.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online  —  Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen says within 10 years, the company will be offering all of its applications online.  His remarks come at a time when we see more and more companies offering online applications as an alternative to desktop products.
Discussion: Reuters and Read/WriteWeb
 
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