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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 …
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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.
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
No Tibet or Tiananmen on Google's Chinese site  —  GOOGLE will today cave in to pressure from the Chinese Government by launching a local website that strips out information not approved by the Communist authorities.  —  The company, whose motto is "Don't be evil", is launching a version …
Chris Taylor / CNN:
Imagining the Google Future
Discussion: Online News Squared
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Yahoo Will Buy Digg - Announcement Early Next Week  —  I've now heard from two sources close to Yahoo which tell me that Yahoo is going to be buying Digg for nearly $30M.  I haven't yet heard from anyone working for Yahoo that this is 100% (they obviously had 'no comment') …
Discussion: Conversion Rater
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J. Botter / the j. botter weblog:
Yahoo Ain't Giving Up  —  For all this talk of Yahoo throwing in the towel and conceding the search market to Google, there sure is lots of talk going on that, if proven correct, could see Yahoo jump right back in the game.  They've already got Flickr, Upcoming and Delicious, and from what I hear …
Jim / Jim Boykin's Internet Marketing Blog:
Linkbait, Linkbait, Linkbait  —  Linkbait, Linkbait, Linkbait.....it's all I've been hearing this past week.  —  In case your reading these words, and you don't know what linkbait is, do a search in Google (one word or two words) for Link Bait, There's pleanty of fresh papers on it.
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
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USA Today:
Xbox likely to stay scarce into spring  —  Two months after its introduction, Microsoft's Xbox 360 is still an elusive prey for shoppers in the USA and might well remain so until spring.  —  The Xbox 360 is the first of three new video game systems due in the space of a year and has been hailed …
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 PaidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Live.com Services Shown at SearchChamps  —  I am visiting Microsoft HQ in Redmond this week for their SearchChamps event.  Attendance requires the signing of an nondisclosure agreement, and most of what is discussed is non-bloggable.  However, the trade off is that we see stuff that is still …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and LiveSide
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel shows test chips made on future processes  —  The 45-nanometer process is right on time, according to Intel.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant has created test chips made on the 45-nanometer process and will likely begin shipping processors, flash, and other chips based …
Discussion: Neowin.net
sMoRTy71.com:
Tip for beating Netflix throttle  —  I think I may have figured a way to beat Netflix's throttling (or smoothing as they supposedly call it) system.  —  I was getting tired of the longer and longer waits for new releases (which resulted in me getting a bunch of older movies that were farther …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Does Want To Be The Leading Search Engine  —  Are you kidding?! at the Yahoo Search Blog has Yahoo giving the official word that they do want to be the leader in search: … The post goes on to talk about the technology Yahoo's acquired and built, the smart group of people they have behind that …
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
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 PaidContent.org
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Denise / Bag and Baggage:
I, Sandwich Dominatrix  —  (Alternate titles: "Pain In The Low Back" and "Better Than A Stick In The Eye-Dialect.")  —  I had a passing thought this morning about Geoffrey Nunberg, whose takes on the word "blog" I've enjoyed in the past (e.g., I have seen the future, and it blogs; Prefixed Out).
Discussion: Language Log

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