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1:30 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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David Feng / blognation:
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.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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?
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)
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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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Microsoft Smacks Popfly Into Web 2.0
Discussion: VentureBeat, BoomTown and eWEEK.com
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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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to sell PS3 chip production lines to Toshiba
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony confirms $400, 40GB PS3 for the US, price drop for 80GB model
Discussion: CNET News.com
BBC:
Many stages  —  A spokesman for the UK regulator Ofcom said there were still many stages to pass through before final approval was given to the roll out of the plans.  —  The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in the UK, and the European Aviation Safety Agency are working to ensure …
Discussion: Christopher Null
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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 …
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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
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 …
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
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.
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Photo Gallery And Flickr  —  Kip noted yesterday about WLPG getting an update from Windows Update and included a Microsoft KB link, but what that link doesn't contain was what else might have come with that update.  You might remember last month we hinted that WLPG might support...
 
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online
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Facebook flotation 'years out', says Zuckerberg
Discussion: WebProNews
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Discussion: Reuters
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Karen Wickre: Mother Of The Google Blog On Google's Official Blogging
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
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