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Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger  —  Microsoft's MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN's censorship system last summer.  On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)  —  OK, this one is depressing to me.  It's one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm.  It's another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger's work.  Yes, I know the consequences.
Discussion: Get Real and RatcliffeBlog
Motorola unveils iRadio, new home products  —  NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Motorola Inc. (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , the world's No. 2 cell-phone maker, on Tuesday revealed details of its plans for iRadio, a subscription music service that will go on sale this year.
Motorola Rocks the House...and the Car...and the Mobile Phone...Rolls Out iRadio® Service  —  Award-winning service incorporates portability, acquisition and discovery of music, debuts with 435 commercial-free channels  —  LAS VEGAS - 3 Jan 2006 - Motorola, Inc (NYSE: MOT) …
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Red Herring:
Moto Blasts iRadio  —  Despite its ROKR iTunes failure, Motorola is convinced its second attempt at portable music will be a hit.  —  Motorola on Tuesday unveiled more details of its plan to take on two hot industries with one product: its iRadio cell phone-based radio service.
Associated Press:
Starz to offer movie download service for PDAs  —  Subscription 'Vondo' described as 'kind of iTunes for movies'  —  LOS ANGELES - Starz Entertainment Group is launching a movie download service that allows consumers to view full-length studio films, concerts and TV shows on portable devices powered by Microsoft Corp. software.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Provider of TV Movie Channels Looks to Expand to PC's and Video Players
Kenneth Li / Reuters:   Starz to launch movie downloads service
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllPeers Is The FireFox "Killer App"  —  I've had a chance to talk to AllPeers founders Cedric Maloux and Matthew Gertner.  This company is set to take the world by storm.  In my opinon this single firefox extension will massively increase the attractiveness of that already popular browser …
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Grokster in file share scare  —  Poacher to game keeper  —  IN A BIT OF a daft anti-piracy stunt, the former file sharing outfit Grokster has been posting visitors IP addresses on its homepage.  —  Visitors to are shown a snap shot of their IP address and are warned …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:   File-Sharing Barons Face Day of Reckoning
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
No Ads in Wikipedia Says Wales  —  Contrary to a news report that circulated in the blogosphere last week, Wikipedia has no plans to implement advertising on its burgeoning consumer generated encyclopedia.  —  That's according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who told ClickZ News …
Chris Marlowe / Reuters:
Slingbox set to go mobile with home TV  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sling Media is expected to announce Thursday that consumers can use a wide range of mobile devices to watch their home television from anywhere in the world.  The company is set to unveil new software that adds …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Why companies monitor blogs  —  In May 2003, the consumer advocacy group Ban Trans Fat sued Kraft Foods, demanding that the comestibles giant stop selling its Oreo cookies in California.  —  In the suit, the organization claimed that the popular snacks were plugging Californians' arteries …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
MIT grads to size up Silicon Valley  —  Bay Area technology companies will get a crack this week at enticing some of the brightest from MIT, something that used to be much easier for Silicon Valley.  —  More than 70 business students from MIT's Sloan School of Management will tour nearly 40 companies …
Discussion: Jarrett House North
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Windows PCs face 'huge' virus threat  —  Computer security experts were grappling with the threat of a new weakness in Microsoft's Windows operating system that could put hundreds of millions of PCs at risk of infection by spyware or viruses.  —  The news marks the latest security setback for Microsoft …
Business Week:
The Patent Epidemic  —  It's wasting companies' money and slowing the development of new products … The order was potentially a big one for KSR International Co. General Motors Corp. (GM ) wanted the Canadian auto parts maker to supply gas pedals for its 2003 Chevrolet and GMC light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.
Discussion: Techdirt
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Security Hole Claimed for BlackBerrys  —  New research released over the weekend indicated that BlackBerrys — the ubiquitous handheld devices favored by on-the-go types — are vulnerable to a security hole that could let attackers break in to the gadgets by convincing users to open a specially crafted image file attached to an e-mail.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
The Year That Was  —  Welcome back dear readers, for another fun-filled year of private equity news, analysis and non-sequiturs (I know dozens of better basketball coaches than Doc Rivers, and some of them coach 8-year-olds).  Before charging into 2006, however, let's look back at 2005 with our first-ever PE Week Wire Awards.
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