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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Joho the Blog and
Backlash as Google shores up great firewall of China
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google to censor China Web searches
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google agrees to censor service to enter China
Discussion: Clickety Clack
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   It's like watching little Anakin grow into Darth Vader
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.
Discussion:, HD Beat and The Stalwart
Conf Call Transcripts / The Internet Stock Blog:
Netflix Q4 2005 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (NFLX)  —  January 24th 2006, 5:00PM.  —  Executives:  —  Deborah Crawford, Director, Investor Relations  —  Reed Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer  —  Barry McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer  —  Analysts:
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix Q4 2005 Results & Webcast Notes  —  Netflix has announced Q4 2005 financial results (click here to view the release).  —  In Q4 2005: … For 2005: … Davis Freeberg at Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection has written an excellent analysis of the news.
Justin Mann /
Netflix to support HD-DVD and BluRay concurrently
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 …
Ars Technica:
Yahoo throws in the search towel  —  The Internet became less interesting today as Yahoo showed signs that it has given up in its battle with Google for best search engine.  The company, while not abandoning its search, isn't expecting to make great inroads with it, either.
Associated Press:
Hacker guilty of taking over PCs for attacks  —  A 20-year-old Southern California hacker admitted Monday to surreptitiously seizing control of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers, using the zombie network to serve pop-up ads and renting it to people who mounted attacks on Web sites and sent out spam.
American owns up to hijacking PCs
Discussion: Moore's Lore
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and Ramesh Jain's Blog
Darwinian Web:
Dan Gillmor shares the lessons of Bayosphere  —  I'm a big believer in failure.  Some of my most important lessons have come from my failures.  I just wish there was a better name for it.  I wanted to call this post "Dan Gillmor learns from his failure at Bayosphere," …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Hard Drive Disk Dying Dance Contest - Day 2  —  A quick recap: Hitachi put up some .wav files with the sounds of hard drives gone bad.  Gizmodo is offering a sweet Tokyoflash Equalizer watch to the person who uses those sounds to create a song that makes the whole world sing.  —  The first batch of entries is in.
Discussion: Tech_Space, Things That and Lifehacker
Anne 2.0:
Good for You, Yahoo  —  Steve Rubel on Yahoo's search capitulation: if you don't want to be King of the Mountain like me, I'm not bothering with you.  I don't get that.  If Yahoo search offers something that Steve needs right now, why not use it?  Why does it matter if they scale back their goals for the service?
Game Disc  —  One DVD for either version.  Yes, it all fits on one.  Yes, it's only available on DVD for PC users.  While we're on the subject, I should note that we are doing a number of localized versions for Europe.  There will be fully localized versions in Germany and France.
Discussion: Joystiq, Gamecloud and Blue's News

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