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Wall Street Journal:
Networks Block Web Programs From Being Viewed on Google TV  —  ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google in talks to unblock access to TV websites  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is actively negotiating with three television networks that have blocked access to their websites on Google TV, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Three of the biggest U.S. television broadcasters have blocked …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Tour Of How Networks Have Blocked Google TV  —  After less than a week since its release, three of America's largest television networks have started blocking Google TV.  Sort of.  While ABC and CBS keep Google TV viewers out, as does Hulu, NBC actually still seems to let them in.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
iFixit:
MacBook Air 11" Model A1370 Teardown  —  Join us as we take a peek inside the 11.6" version of the all-new MacBook Air!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pincus: In Five Years, Connections Will Be To Each Other, Not The Web; We'll Be Dial Tones  —  Today at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”.
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KPCB:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Launches $250 Million sFund …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Stealth Social Startup Cafebots Scores The First Money From Kleiner …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 finally (finally!) official, rings up at $799  —  Nope, you're not dreaming, but feel free to pinch yourself, rub your eyes or take a cold shower!  You've read right — the HP Slate is finally official, and after all the teasing, back and forth, and (very recent) leaks …
Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
President Obama meets with Apple's Steve Jobs, heads to Palo Alto fundraisers  —  On a West Coast swing to help embattled Democrats, President Barack Obama on Thursday stopped in the Bay Area for the one thing this high-powered region can provide: money.  —  Reports indicate the visit scored big …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus, Take Two: How's $4.95 a Month?  —  Hulu is considering cutting the price on Hulu Plus, the subscription service it began testing in June, sources tell me.  I'm told the video site is talking about slashing its $9.95 per month fee in half, to $4.95.
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Source: New Nook is Android-based, full-color  —  This is just a crude mock-up—and not the real deal—but our source says Nook Color is coming.  —  Is the upcoming Nook a color e-reader?  Barnes & Noble doesn't comment on rumors, but CNET has been in communication with a source …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rapleaf's Web: How You Are Profiled On The Web  —  Earlier, I posted about San Francisco-based Internet information aggregator Rapleaf, a service that collects, sorts and repackages data about many of us who spend an inordinate amount of time on the Internet.
Discussion: cdixon.org
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Greg / Rapleaf Engineering Blog:   Anonymouse  —  Privacy is an incredibly important issue to us …
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Comments on Apple's Java Discontinuation  —  Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac has generated concern amongst Java developers.  Apple posted developer documentation Thursday stating that they would not be supporting Java for Mac OS X in the future:
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Official Twitter app for Windows Phone 7 goes live (update: hands-on)  —  Surprise of surprises!  On the day that Europeans finally got to dig into the Windows Phone 7 cake in earnest, Twitter's official app for the hot new platform has also gone live.  We've downloaded it to our own WP7 device …
Marcio Galli / Mozilla Labs:
Chromeless: Build your own Browser UI using HTML, CSS and JS  —  The “Chromeless” project experiments with the idea of removing the current browser user interface and replacing it with a flexible platform which allows for the creation of new browser UI using standard Web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Microsoft puts PC game downloads in the browser  —  Microsoft wants to let PC gamers know it's still serious about delivering game software and is putting that idea to the test with a new system that places fewer roadblocks in the way of getting gamers connected to digital game downloads.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Life With Google TV: My First Day Review & Impressions  —  Google TV has finally arrived, not just for pre-order but as an actual device you can get in a retail store.  And so I did, hitting Best Buy yesterday and walking out with a Sony Blu-ray player that is Google TV-capable.
Jvarese / Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog:
Adobe announces the HTML5 Video Player widget  —  HTML5 has received a tremendous amount of buzz, much of it driven by the potential for plugin-free video.  However, the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution that would work across platforms as well as browsers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google's Piracy-Fighting Music Search Engine For Indian Users Now Live  —  Yesterday, the WSJ reported that Google was planning to launch a music service in India to help users search for legal online streams and downloads and fight digital piracy, which reportedly runs rampant in the nation.
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Bringing ultra high-speed broadband to Stanford homes  —  Earlier this year we announced our plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of American communities.  Since then, a team of Google engineers has been hard at work experimenting with new fiber optic technologies.
Jesse Drucker / Business Week:
The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions  —  Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent  —  The heart of Google's (GOOG) international operations is a silvery glass office building in central Dublin …
Michael T. Jones / Google LatLong:
History in the Unmaking  —  Few events in human history have the scale of World War II.  It's spatial breadth and temporal extent make it difficult to comprehend by those of us too young to have lived it.  There are history books, movies, and photographs, but they portray isolated places and events more than the connected whole.
Google Mobile Blog:
Voice Search in Russian, Polish, Czech and Turkish  —  Over the past few weeks we have launched Voice Search in four new languages: Russian, Polish, Czech and Turkish.  Try speaking queries like “ ” (tour dates for Yulia Svicheva), “przepis na pierogi” (recipes for pierogi), “obrázky Hradan” …
Victor Agreda, Jr / TUAW:
iMovie '11 Trailers feature won't let you spoof Universal trailers  —  Loyal tipster Tarik sent word that the iMovie '11 Trailers theme using a globe (very similar to the Universal Studios opener) won't allow you to use the word “Universal” in the title.  —  He's currently testing other themes …
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and Gear Live
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Square Starts Shipping New iPhone 4-Compatible Credit Card Reader  —  There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about the fact that the old version of Square's little plastic credit card reader doesn't work with Apple's newest iPhone, the iPhone 4.  That's because the metal fitting …
Discussion: SlashGear, Ubergizmo, App Advice and iPodNN
Robert Frank / The Wealth Report:
Millionaires Have No Time for Facebook  —  A new poll suggests that a majority of millionaires have signed up for social media sites.  There is just one problem: They don't have time to actually use them.  —  The poll from SEI Wealth Network, a wealth-advisory firm, showed that 70% …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
 
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