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12:20 PM ET, June 7, 2006

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Washington Post:
Google Is A Tourist In D.C., Brin Finds  —  Dressed in blue jeans, silver mesh sneakers and a black T-shirt and jacket, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin came to Washington yesterday to lobby members of Congress and found it was a little harder than he had hoped it would be to get meetings.
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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Brin says Google compromised principles  —  WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.  He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.
Agence France Presse:
Google.com blocked in China: media watchdog
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google to add Albums to Picasa!  And I Need to Vent  —  Google-love is getting out of hand.  In fact, Google is getting out of hand.  —  After I wrote about the launch of Google Spreadsheets this morning, one commenter said "Its very nice and sleak.  Will be very useful for keeping track of money etc" …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood  —  BETWEEN "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II," Francis Ford Coppola made a movie called "The Conversation."  It stars Gene Hackman as a paranoid wiretapper in Watergate-era San Francisco, and the cast includes Robert Duvall, a young Harrison Ford …
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Google: Don't Not Be Evil  —  Google's mantra is "Don't be evil," which as corporate mottoes go is the equivalent of "Build an eternal bonfire in the parking lot and fuel it with thousand-dollar bills and the occasional Gutenberg Bible."  —  The worldwide market for evil is stratospheric …
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
A Sixth Sense for a Wired World  —  What if, seconds before your laptop began stalling, you could feel the hard drive spin up under the load?  Or you could tell if an electrical cord was live before you touched it?  For the few people who have rare earth magnets implanted in their fingers …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jo Singstad / forbrukerportalen.no:
The Consumer Council of Norway is on track to win case against iTunes  —  The Consumer Council of Norway won support for almost all its complaints regarding iTunes Music Store.  This is a great victory for the digital rights of Norwegian consumers.  —  On 25th January, the Consumer Council lodged …
Discussion: Engadget, Boing Boing, B2Day and Techdirt
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
Why Getting the User To Create Web Content Isn't Always Progress  —  At first, it seemed like the sort of silly, self-serving thing that many companies are wont to say about their products.  Only later did I realize it represented the opening of another front in the battle against traditional culture …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
New Research Product Tracks from Search to Sale  —  Research firm comScore Networks will offer qSearch Retail, a product that measures consumer behavior from an initial Web search to subsequent conversions, even when the purchase is done offline.  The product combines the company's panel data with subsequent surveys.
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Blind inventor makes web accessible  —  Age & disability correspondent, BBC News website  —  A new device that will make internet content available to blind people without the need for computer skills is to be launched in a few months' time.  —  The SpeakOn gadget has been developed by Chris Mairs …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Major League Baseball takes swing at Sling Media  —  LOS ANGELES—Major League Baseball wants Sling Media to stop slinging around the league's content.  —  Sling enables TV viewers to access their set-top or TiVo boxes from anywhere in the world via any device that connects to the Web.
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
UK grows i-mode fastest outside Japan  —  O2 claims i-mode raps WAP  —  HAVING ACQUIRED some 0.25 million subscribers in just seven months, O2 claims its UK service is the fastest growing i-mode service outside Japan.  —  It also claims that some 75 per cent of those subscribers (ie 200,000) …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft vs. Google: Who's greener?  —  As Google and Microsoft battle for the hearts and minds of Internet users, a new question has cropped up: Which one can better save planet Earth?  —  Being portals and search engines, the companies are likely among the worst energy users …
Heather Forsgren Weaver / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel leads chorus opposing AT&T-BellSouth merger  —  WASHINGTON—Sprint Nextel Corp. urged the Federal Communications Commission Monday to reject the proposed $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. because of the negative affect it will have on "special access" …
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Wall Street Journal:
NBC Battles, and Joins With, Video Web Sites
Discussion: GigaOM and Joseph Laszlo
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Study: Top 4 Percent of Queries Matter Most
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
RSS yields most action: Geffen Records to leverage FeedBurner
Tanya Klowden / Infinite Loop:
Apple dumps more countersue-age on Creative
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
Social Media Sites Start Snagging Big-Name Marketers
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Social Innovation Conversations: Reinventing the world together …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Craigslist is being blocked by Cox Interactive - is this a net neutrality issue?
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Paul Korzeniowski / Yahoo! News:
Balloon Cell Towers Starting To Take Flight
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Seán Captain / Wired News:
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Nick Haywood / hexus.net:
Small and expandable...  Kingston, those memory folk …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Microsoft:
Microsoft Names Jeff Bell Corporate Vice President of Global …
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX.NET FOR SALE  —  On Saturday, Steve Rubell outed …
MarketWatch:
FCC Chairman: Too soon for net neutrality rules
Discussion: Techdirt and unmediated
Joshua Schachter / joshua's blog:
Spreadsheets are remarkably flexible things.  They are probably …
Discussion: GigaOM
BBC:
French book publisher sues Google