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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google agrees to censor results in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet's fastest growing market.
Google launches censored version of its search-engine  —  Reporters Without Borders today accused the Internet's biggest search-engine, Google, of "hypocrisy" for its plan to launch a censured version of its product in China, meaning that the country's Internet users would only be able to look …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Now Censoring In China  —  Oh, the irony.  Less than a week after we hear that Google is ready to fight the US government in part to defend its users, now comes news that Google will cave into the Chinese government's demands for its new Google China web site.  However, the issues aren't directly comparable.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google in China: degrees of evil  —  So it has happened.  Google has caved in.  It has agreed to actively censor a new Chinese-language search service that will be housed on computer servers inside the PRC.  —  Obviously this contradicts its stated desire to make information freely available …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censors Its Results in China  —  Google now works together with the Chinese government in censoring the web for Chinese users.  According to Reuters, Google removes some of the search results available from, Google's new foray into the Chinese market.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Version of Google in China Won't Offer E-Mail or Blogs  —  SHANGHAI, Jan. 24 - Google is bringing a special version of its powerful search engine to China, leaving behind two of its most popular features in the United States.  —  In an effort to cope with China's increasingly pervasive Internet controls …
Robert / Blogger News Network:
Blogger News Network Discontinues Google Ads
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It's like watching little Anakin grow into Darth Vader
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google agrees to censor service to enter China
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google to censor China Web searches
Yahoo! Search blog:
Are you kidding?!  —  There's been a lot of conjecture and confusion today about Yahoo!'s commitment to being the world's best search engine-talk which anyone who's been following the evolution of Yahoo! Search would have realized is... just plain wrong.  —  While some people immediately realized this …
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Netflix Continues Online DVD Dominance  —  Davis Freeberg is both a current shareholder and customer of Netflix.  This post should not be construed as financial advice.  —  Netflix reported strong Q4 2005 earnings today and continued to show impressive subscriber growth for their DVD by mail business.
Conf Call Transcripts / The Internet Stock Blog:   Netflix Q4 2005 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (NFLX)
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As Gadgets Get It Together, Media Makers Fall Behind  —  AMID the cacophony of the sprawling Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, the main action had little to do with electronics.  Sure, booth after booth claimed to have the biggest TV screen, the smallest music player and the niftiest wireless gizmo.
The Head Lemur / raving lunacy:
Economic Censorship or Electronic Apartheid  —  Recently there have a number of statements by Telephone Conglomorates about selling both sides of the same electron.  Here is the opening paragraph from what is probably the most succinct article to date: Internet Freedom or Privilege by David Isenberg;
Discussion: Newsome.Org and broadband
'Stanford On ITunes' Is For Everybody  —  NEW YORK - In an unprecedented move, Stanford University is collaborating with Apple Computer to allow public access a wide range of lectures, speeches, debates and other university content through iTunes.  No need to pay the $31,200 tuition.
Peter Poffenberger / BizNicheMedia:
BizNicheMedia Link Baiting Competition: $1,000 Prize  —  Link baiting.  It's the new link building.  It's the single most important thing a blogger can do to get that large jolt of traffic (and links) to a new blog.  —  Scrivs is good at it.  Darren is great at it.  And we at BizNicheMedia SUCK at it.
David Shenk / New York Times:
A Growing Web of Watchers Builds a Surveillance Society  —  IT is strangely fitting that President Bush's no-warrant wiretapping came to light during the season of holiday gift buying, much of which took place online.  —  As Washington huffed and puffed over a new erosion of privacy …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat to make Linux run on Intel macs  —  Red Hat representative Gillian Farquhar announced last week that the company plans to add support for Apple's new Intel Macs to its popular distribution.  Fedora and several other commonly used Linux distributions support the PowerPC architecture used …

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