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5:15 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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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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Baidu Hijacking Google Traffic In China
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Chinese Searches Hijacked to Baidu
Discussion: Computerworld
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  —  Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. PDT.  —  A who's who of media companies—CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group, NBC Universal, Viacom, and Disney—as well as Microsoft and the News Corp.-owned MySpace …
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: 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.
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.
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 …
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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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).
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.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment against Microsoft  —  California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia have moved (PDF) to extend their antitrust judgment against Microsoft until November 12, 2012.
Discussion: Mashable!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
On Google's Mobile Strategy  —  Chad Bam is the founder and chief writer for Ga Ga Gooogle.com, 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 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 …
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House international piracy hearing targets China, Russia, and... Canada?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Convenience Can Be More Important Than Free
Discussion: hypebot
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
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: a Solution Abroad
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget HD and CinemaTech
Interwoven Inc.:
Interwoven to Acquire Optimost, Website Optimization Pioneer
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Digg This Headline, For Google's Sake
Discussion: Cameron Olthuis
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System
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
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Time to Buy a PlayStation 3?  —  It's officially official …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Salon
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Expands Data Center Space
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