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2:10 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
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
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
Discussion: The Browser and GigaOM
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
TiVo tunes in to Net downloads
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
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.  —  Today in Japan, Nintendo gave its Management Policy Briefing in which company President Satoru Iwata stated that the ship date announcement would be this September.  More over, he said the Wii and the DS would be synchronized, which Shigeru Miyamoto broke to us at E3.
Discussion: iBloggedThis
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: Business Logs and Micro Persuasion
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Jon Henshaw / Sitening Blog:
first look at google spreadsheets - plus screenshots and screencast
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
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Microsoft Responds Regarding Windows XP Update vs. Spyware  —  Luke: "You lied to me.  You said that Darth Vader killed my father."  —  Obi-Wan: "When Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side of the Force, the good man that was your father ceased to exist.  So, what I told you was the truth — from a certain point of view."
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Seagate announces bevy of new drives  —  Seagate's not holding out on us today, people.  They've launched a whole slew of new drives, such as: the Momentus 5400 PSD (Power-Saving Drive), a 5,400RPM drive with 256MB non-volatile memory — also known as a hybrid drive (which we've been hearing oh so much about) …
Discussion: PodTech.net
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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Inquirer:
MPAA takes aim at another BitTorrent search site  —  isohunt.com feels the heat  —  THE MPAA continues to reach out and send armies of lawyers to the owners of any website making use of BitTorrent and or other file-sharing systems.  —  The latest victim is Canadian-owned search engine website isohunt.com …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
 
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
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Chris Morris / CNN:
'Grand Theft Auto' publisher plays it safe
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Averatec's AHI UMPC takes shape
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
SoonR, the mobile-to-PC company, raises $4 million
Discussion: MocoNews.net and 21talks
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Design Concept: Paper Cellphone
Discussion: textually.org and 21talks
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
New Research Product Tracks from Search to Sale
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
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Google: Don't Not Be Evil  —  Google's mantra is "Don't be evil …