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4:45 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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Is China Attacking US Search Engines?
David Feng / blognation China:
Mind Your Step: "Cyberwar" with the Search Engines?
Discussion: Joe Duck and 901am
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Chinese Searches Hijacked to Baidu
Discussion: Computerworld
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Baidu Hijacking Google Traffic In China
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
Google Blogoscoped:
Youtube is blocked in china
Discussion: AppScout and Mashable!
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.
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.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Microsoft's Popfly now in public beta
Discussion: InfoWorld
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.
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
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 …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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.
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
On Google's Mobile Strategy  —  Chad Bam is the founder and chief writer for Ga Ga, a blog that discusses Google's strategy, stock trends and the latest Google news.  Here is a summary of a three-part series titled: Google's Mobile Strategy (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
Discussion: DSLreports
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 …
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.
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.)
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: Gizmodo, Engadget HD and CinemaTech
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
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.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Deutsche Bank: Worst-Case Scenario at eBay
Discussion: GigaOM
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: Panel on Facebook as a Platform
Interwoven Inc.:
Interwoven to Acquire Optimost, Website Optimization Pioneer
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.
PR Newswire:
Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces New 40GB Playstation …
Discussion: last100, Reuters, Engadget and Digg
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
YouTube Opens New Chinese Language Web Site
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Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Studios unveil their copyright protection guidelines
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macsimum News
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialMedia raises $3.5M to sell ads across social networks
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
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Time to Buy a PlayStation 3?  —  It's officially official …
Discussion: Salon
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Expands Data Center Space
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Windows Live Photo Gallery And Flickr

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