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7:50 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: VentureBeat and rexduffdixon.com
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Sees Online Revs Above $500M In 2007
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 five years, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
@Web2.0: Steve Ballmer Wants To Buy Your Company  —  Alberto Escarlate, the CTO-turned-reporter, sends us these dispatches from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Web 2.0 Q&A session with John Battelle:  —  How are the Facebook negotiations coming along?  —  "Mark Zuckerberg says it goes pretty well.
Reuters:
Google quarterly profit swells 46 percent  —  Web search leader Google reported on Thursday a 46 percent rise in profit that topped Wall Street expectations, fueled by accelerating market share gains and tighter cost controls.  —  Third-quarter net income rose to $1.07 billion …
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Google Earnings As Expected, Revenue Up 57%
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
After Hours: Google Talks Up Mobile, International Sales
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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.
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.
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives  —  Major music labels try to staunch drop in CD sales with new USB format singles  —  DailyTech reported not long ago that iTunes is now the largest music seller — Apple announced in September that iTunes had sold 3 billion downloads since it started selling music.
Discussion: Gear Live and Neowin.net
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives
Discussion: Gearlog
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).
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
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.
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.
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.)
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality  —  I've seen several posts circulating in the blogosphere postulating on the demise of Facebook given a drop in the sites traffic over August and September of this year.  My immediate reaction was to turn to Hitwise data and provide a little …
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Cafe Latte attack steals credentials from Wi-Fi clients
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T starts shipping HSUPA cards
Discussion: DSLreports and jkOnTheRun
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Exclusive: Techbloggers Have Sold Their Souls
Discussion: Hacking Cough
Financial Times:
Sony and Microsoft step up fight with Wii
Business Wire:
Platial Acquires Frappr, Creates #1 Social Map Site
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits
Washington Post:
Can You Hear Us Now?  —  Verizon Shouldn't Be A Cellphone Censor
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
U.S. wants end to Allofmp3 spinoffs
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
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, CinemaTech and Engadget HD
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Digg This Headline, For Google's Sake
Discussion: Cameron Olthuis
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
Discussion: Mashable!
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates still has a long to-do list
 

 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Judy McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks, Joins Amazon's Board

 
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