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4:30 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 and GigaOM
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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
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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tivo.com:
TIVO ANNOUNCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW SERVICE, TIVOCAST; BRINGING …
Discussion: PVRblog
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
TiVo tunes in to Net downloads
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
Phillip Swann / tvpredictions.com:
TiVo Steps Up Internet TV
Discussion: The Browser and GigaOM
Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Connect your TypePad feed to FeedBurner  —  We've been fans of FeedBurner for quite a while - they know the technology, business and user experience of feeds and content syndication better than pretty much anyone on the planet.  And they've built a great service that enables bloggers to manage their feeds …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   FeedBurner, TypePad to Link Blog Feeds
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Feedburner Partners With TypePad
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Wii's classic games to be priced less than US$10  —  Nintendo President Saturo Iwata spoke yesterday at a Japanese marketing event (Japanese source), revealing information about "virtual console" pricing and the Wii's relationship with the DS.  Iwata revealed that games for Nintendo's …
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Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
Wii Ship Date Coming This Sept.
Discussion: iBloggedThis
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Another Windows Vista Bites the Dust  —  Microsoft has cut PC-to-PC synchronization from Vista.  Vista Beta 2, which is slated to go to as many as two million testers, does not include the P2P synchronization technology.  Quality is the reason for the latest cut, Microsoft officials said.
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Nicole Simon / cruel to be kind:
How to make / get normal people to see your technology  —  Scoble writes about "The problem facing every tech company": … It is not difficult.  It is about how you address things to the normal public and where to spend your money.  —  Normal people for example don't care what one website …
Ed Tittel / Tom's Hardware Guide:
A Continuing Work in Progress: The State of Linux 2006  —  Introduction  —  Figure 1: The Penguin has been a symbol for the Linux world for some time now, and it's interested to observe some of its regional variations.  —  In days gone by, the personification of Linux might have conjured …
Discussion: Download Squad
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Merger to expand adware "library"  —  Bellevue-based 180solutions, which makes software commonly known as adware, has acquired Hotbar of New York for an undisclosed amount of money.  As part of the announcement, 180solutions will be renamed after its consumer brand: Zango.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Semantic thoughts
New York Times:
Hacker Said to Resell Internet Phone Service  —  Federal authorities arrested one man in Miami and another in Spokane, Wash., today in connection with what they said was a hacking scheme involving the resale of Internet telephone service.  —  The suspects were said to have illegally tapped …
sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson unveils GC86 EDGE PC Card  —  Building upon its successful global PC Card business, Sony Ericsson today announces the quad band GC86 EDGE PC Card - a successor to the GC85 PC Card.  The GC86 features an integrated antenna and offers an optimal combination of performance …
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Rogue pharmacy poses as Google  —  The newest addition to the Google family has just hit the web - the search giant's very own accredited pharmacy, selling pills at rock bottom prices.  —  Google celebrated the launch with a brand-spanking, stylised logo - the double 'O' replaced with two blue Viagra pills.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Google Spreadsheets  —  Many have talked about the new Google Spreadsheets, a very rich online spreadhseet system.  —  Our first impressions are that it is very clean and works as advertised, but isn't that different from the other online spreadsheet apps (and there are many).
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Business Logs
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 …
 
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The new media press release - sign up!
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Chris Morris / CNN:
'Grand Theft Auto' publisher plays it safe
Discussion: Kotaku, Blue's News and Cathode Tan
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Microsoft Responds Regarding Windows XP Update vs. Spyware
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Seagate announces bevy of new drives
Discussion: tgdaily.com and PodTech.net
Jemima / paidContent.org:
@ Content 2.0: Living, Breathing Teenagers!  Hurrah!
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Pranksters give fake McDonald's anti-global-warming presentation
 Earlier Items: 
Inquirer:
MPAA takes aim at another BitTorrent search site
Discussion: Techdirt
ongoing:
Abstract Numbers Yadda Yadda
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Averatec's AHI UMPC takes shape
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Comic book software touted as marketer's dream
Heather Forsgren Weaver / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel leads chorus opposing AT&T-BellSouth merger
Discussion: MobileTracker and MocoNews.net
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
A Sixth Sense for a Wired World
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
 

 
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