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12:11 AM ET, June 8, 2006

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BBC:
China 'blocks' main Google site  —  Chinese authorities have blocked most domestic users from the main Google.com search engine, a media watchdog said.  —  Internet users in major Chinese cities faced difficulties accessing Google's international site in the past week, Reporters Without Borders said.
Discussion: TechSpot
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Rhys Blakely / Times of London:
Google admits being compromised over China  —  Google has admitted for the first time that it compromised its principles when it entered the Chinese market and agreed to toe Beijing's strict line on censorship.  —  Speaking in Washington, Sergey Brin, Google's billionaire co-founder …
Discussion: SearchViews
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON GOOGLE IN CHINA: TO BE OR NOT TO BE  —  Well, looks like Google's Sergey Brin may be having second thoughts about his company's activities in China, as this Associated Press story notes: … The series of quotes from Sergey Brin are illustrative of the debate going on within him and his company:
Discussion: Rational rants, Tech_Space and Traffick
Agence France Presse:
Google.com blocked in China: media watchdog
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
USA Today:
TiVo diversifies its lineup with Web video  —  NEW YORK — TiVo on Wednesday steps up its effort to erase the line between broadband video and conventional TV — and draw a sharper line between TiVo and in-house cable and satellite digital video recorder (DVR) offerings.
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Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
TiVo Steps Up Internet TV  —  The Digital Video Recording service adds online programming for TV viewers.  —  Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2006) — TiVo today announced that it's adding 10 companies that will provide online programming for subscribers to watch on TV.
Discussion: The Browser and GigaOM
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
TiVo tunes in to Net downloads
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
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.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Sling Strikes Out With MLB
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored
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 …
Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
Seagate to offer hybrid hard drives for Vista notebooks  —  Scotts Valley (CA) - Seagate is accelerating the pace towards a perpendicular-only hard drive line-up.  Within the next three quarters, the company will launch ten new hard drives ranging from pocket drives to high-end enterprise units.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Seagate announces bevy of new drives
Discussion: PodTech.net
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Microsoft working on tiny Haiku PC  —  Microsoft expects to have the mini-Tablet PC on the market within a few years  —  The launch of the ultra-mobile PC hasn't quenched Microsoft's thirst to find a blockbuster product in the portable PC space.  In fact, the company has continued to work …
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: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google authorized websites, Lighthouse?  —  A new link discovered by Sander (one of the excellent Googling Googlers who keeps tabs on what they see at Google) in the main Google Accounts page reads "Change authorized websites".  The link points to www.google.com/accounts/IssuedAuthSubTo kens …
Brian Rakowski / Official Google Blog:
Get in sync  —  What could be worse than forgetting to bookmark the obscure page you found that maps out the perfect walking tour of Venice?  Having bookmarked it on the computer sitting on your desk back at home, 6000 miles away, instead of on the laptop you brought along.
Discussion: Googling Google
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Comic book software touted as marketer's dream  —  By the time the new Jack Black movie "Nacho Libre" opens on June 16, its fans will have already had more than a week to create their own versions of stories based on the film.  —  That's because Paramount Pictures is licensing Planetwide …
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.
 
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