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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 …
Robert / Blogger News Network:
Blogger News Network Discontinues Google Ads  —  In response to the decision of Google to gain access to the Chinese market by censoring its search content, Blogger News Network has reached the difficult decision to discontinue running Google's ads on our service.
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Censors Its Results in China
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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 …
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
'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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.

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