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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.
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 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.
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
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Censors Its Results in China
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.
Jim / Jim Boykin's Internet Marketing Blog:
Linkbait, Linkbait, Linkbait
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 …
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
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.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Readies Undelete Feature  —  Due in part to customer feedback, TiVo will be including an undelete feature with the upcoming Series 2 software update.  When you delete a television show, it will automatically be moved to the Recently Deleted folder at the bottom of your Now Playing list.
'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.
Matthew Boyle / CNN:
Let your fingers do the paying  —  Wal-Mart, Costco weigh merits of allowing customers to pay by scanning fingerprints: report  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Buying groceries with the touch of a finger could be closer than you think, if new research touting the benefits of biometric payment …
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
ETel Conference: OpenZoep is Open for Business  —  Erik van Eykelen of Voipster showed off their OpenZoep client-side VoIP communications engine today at ETel, and announced that the code is going to be open sourced under the GPL.  Erik also announced the availabilty (Windows only for now) of a Zoep Firefox plug-in.
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," …
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
Blog Sensationalism  —  You know, I totally understand sensationalist blogging.  I mean, hey, I'm an old-skool blogger... I know how once in a while throwing a juicy post up on your server with some name calling, extreme opinions and a swear word or two can drive serious linkage and hits.
Discussion: Lloyd@work and Mike Rowehl
Bruce Stewart / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
ETel Conference: iotum Demo  —  Alec Saunders showed me iotum, his company's "relevance engine" here at ETel, and I was pretty impressed.  An attempt to reverse the trend of growing complexity in our communications environments, iotum queries apps like your calendar and IM client to help determine …
Charles Cooper / CNET
Perspective: How long before Jobs is Disney's new boss?  —  Hollywood retread scripts often pass for original ideas, so how does this story line grab you? … In December 1996, Apple Computer bought Next Computer, a foundering company that Jobs formed after leaving Apple in 1988.
Discussion: Tom Foremski and

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