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3:20 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites  —  Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Did Dalai Lama Award Cause China To Redirect Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Search Traffic To Baidu?  —  Reports have been coming in that people trying to reach Google, Yahoo and Microsoft from within China or via Chinese ISPs are being redirected to Baidu.  —  Some have accused Baidu of hijacking …
David Feng / blognation China:
Mind Your Step: "Cyberwar" with the Search Engines?
Discussion: Joe Duck and 901am
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Is China Attacking US Search Engines?
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Baidu Hijacking Google Traffic In China
Digital Marketing South Africa / Digital Marketing …:   Yahoo Hijacked by Baidu?
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Group of Net, Media Companies To Announce Copyright Guidelines  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Internet, media and technology companies plans to announce today a set of guidelines they have agreed on aimed at protecting copyrights online, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Studios unveil their copyright protection guidelines  —  A coalition of major media and technology companies is finally getting serious about copyrights on the Internet.  —  A who's who of media companies—CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group, NBC Universal, Viacom, and Disney …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly  —  Microsoft just demoed on stage at the Web 2.0 conference a slick Silverlight application development service called Popfly, which just opened up in beta.  Popfly lets anyone, even non-coders, create web mashups without writing a single line of code.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Microsoft's Popfly now in public beta
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Viacom to offer all clips of 'Daily Show' online  —  Switching gears, it will provide free views of the program in a bid to generate ad revenue.  —  NEW YORK — Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it's also taking lessons from the online video service.
Wall Street Journal:
Will Social Features Make Email Sexy Again?  —  Email providers are trying to steal some of social networking's thunder as fast-growing services like Facebook Inc. begin to encroach on their turf.  —  The biggest Web email services — including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Verizon:
New Smartphone, PDA Options From Verizon Wireless Make Staying Connected A Personal Choice  —  SCH-i760 from Samsung Offers Verizon Wireless Exclusivity on the Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless is heading into the holidays with a roster …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ballmer: MSFT will acquire 20 companies a year  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer just said at the Web 2.0 conference here in San Francisco that the software giant will acquire 20 companies a year for the next 5 year, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook flotation 'years out', says Zuckerberg
Discussion: WebProNews
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates still has a long to-do list  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Bill Gates has some unfinished business.  —  For years, the Microsoft chairman has been a fiery advocate, inside the company and out, for the notion that computers should be controlled, not just by mouse and keyboard, but also by more natural means …
Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Google Says Its Health Platform Is Due In Early 2008  —  Google plans to bring its immense data storage and organization capacities to the field of medical care and patient records, Marissa Mayer, the company's head of search, said at the Web 2.0 Summit.  —  Telling her audience to …
BBC:
Mobile phone use backed on planes  —  Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones on planes flying through European airspace.  —  Plans have been developed across EU countries to introduce technology which permits mobile calls without risk of interference with aircraft systems.
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Europe edges closer to mobile phones on planes
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialMedia raises $3.5M to sell ads across social networks  —  SocialMedia, a company that lets small Facebook applications get exposure by bidding on ad links within Facebook popular applications, has just raised $3.5 million in financing.  —  Using the marketplace offered by SocialMedia …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Purse Snatcher Tries To Ransom Mobile Phone Back To Owner... For $185,000  —  from the perhaps-he-should-plead-insanity dept  —  This one fall into the stupid criminal files.  A guy who attacked a woman and ended up stealing her purse and mobile phone later tried to ransom the phone …
Discussion: SMS Text News and Engadget
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3 to go native in appearance  —  What do you get when you cross a Firefox with a chameleon?  —  An open-source Web browser whose user interface is adapted to the look of the operating system it's running on.  One change planned for the upcoming Firefox version 3, code-named Gran Paradiso, is this more native appearance.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Mashable!
stevenberlinjohnson.com:
APPLE OPENS UP  —  It struck me yesterday reading Steve Jobs' personal note about plans for third-party apps on the iPhone that the most telling thing about the announcement was the opening five-word phrase: … Let me just say it.  What we're starting to see here (and of course …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
It's Here!  Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives  —  The latest and greatest Ubuntu arrived on Oct. 18.  —  Ubuntu users rejoice.  Ubuntu 7.10 is here.  —  Ubuntu, the remarkably popular desktop Linux distribution that tries to bring the latest and greatest open-source programs every six months, arrived Oct. 18.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Digital Download
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System  —  Moving on, next at the Web 2.0 conference, Cisco's (CSCO) Dan Scheinman, to talk about the networking giant's strategy in social networking.  (They have acquired Tribe and various other things.)
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Discussion: WebProNews
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