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12:30 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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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  —  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?
Discussion: AppScout and Mashable!
Digital Marketing South Africa / Digital Marketing …:   Yahoo Hijacked by Baidu?
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Viacom, Microsoft, News Corp., NBCU, Disney To Issue Guidelines …
Discussion: Reuters
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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Report: Entire 'Daily Show' going online
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
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2. conference in Q …
BBC:   MySpace opens door to developers
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 News.com and PalmAddicts
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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 …
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype To Launch Own Mobile Phone
Discussion: SMS Text News and blognation USA
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 …
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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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony confirms $400, 40GB PS3 for the US, price drop for 80GB model
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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) …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Interwoven Acquires Optimost For $52 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock and CenterNetworks
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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Cisco employees in Brazil arrested  —  Federal Brazilian police have arrested Cisco Systems employees and temporarily closed the networking equipment giant's offices in San Paulo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the company said in a statement.  —  "I'm not going to comment on the investigation …
Discussion: Reuters
Matt / Gravatar Blog:
Automattic Acquires Gravatar  —  The best ideas are often the simplest.  (At least in hindsight.)  The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it.  Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go!  Of course email is a great way to key it!
 
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Geoff Boucher / Los Angeles Times:
George Lucas planning 'Star Wars' TV series
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Photo Gallery And Flickr
Reuters:
Senator goes after cell phone fees, contracts
Reuters:
Sex, Nazi, burrito and Viagra: Who Googles what?
Discussion: Search Engine Land and The 463
Business Week:
Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
Bloomberg:
AT&T May Buy EchoStar Within Year, Citi Analyst Says
Discussion: DailyTech and Deal Journal
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Karen Wickre: Mother Of The Google Blog On Google's Official Blogging
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Tony Smith / The Register:
Orange's Apple deal to bear unlocked iPhones
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: The AT&T Tilt Smart Phone
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Checking Out Tomorrow's Library
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Apple to Open iPhone Programming to Outsiders
Discussion: VoIP Watch
DigiTimes:
LG.Philips LCD to launch ultra-slim 42-inch full HD 120Hz panel in 2008
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
EBay posts $936-million loss
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Review: Ubuntu's New 'Gutsy Gibbon' Brings Linux Out of the Jungle
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade
 

 
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