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China on Flickr: Not So Much

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From Thomas Hawk:

Well unfortunately it looks like the Chinese government may be censoring Flickr images in China. There are not a lot of details on this yet, but Flickr Chief Stewart Butterfield has issued two comments on a help forum on the matter:

Update from Flickr staff (10:00 PDT, June 7th) : It seems that access to our image servers is being blocked for users in much of China. Our technical staff has looked into this at depth and determined this is not a technical issue from our end. We will keep an eye on the situation and update if we get any developments.

Update from Flickr staff [2] (01:00 PDT, June 8th) : We are checking periodically to see if the block is still in place, but haven’t detected any change. We hope that this is a temporary issue and we currently believe that it will be. In the meantime, we are investigating our alternatives. Thank’s for your patience,

If you want to follow this case on an ongoing basis you can follow it in this official help thread over at Flickr here.

Google Properties and Universal Search

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Bill Tancer has published this list:

Google Universal Search

It appears from this early analysis that the big winners for this new format are YouTube and Maps, while Image Search and News (which under the older format were occasionally featured top of page) are on the losing end.

Publishing Stunts

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Larry reports from an Engadget story about the silly things scared executives will do:

We can’t say that we’d recommend a CEO steal property from Google in order to prove a point, but the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers pushed his superego aside and did just that at a recent BookExpo America in NYC. It’s no secret that a number of publishers have been up in arms about Google’s approach to digitizing their works, but Richard Charkin went so far as to recruit a colleague and swipe a pair of laptops from a Google Books kiosk at the event. About an hour later, the booth attendants actually noticed the missing goods and presumably began to panic, and the haughty executive then had the nerve to return the machines to their rightful owners whilst dropping the “hope you enjoyed a taste of your own medicine” line.

Dead Serious About DC

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Google is, that is. As this Bloomberg story reports (thanks, PC):

Google Inc., the Web-search company whose motto is “Don’t be evil,” now has to confront the realities of Washington to propel its stock further.

The 8-year-old company with a $162 billion market value didn’t open a lobbying office in the U.S. capital until 2005. Now, as expansion plans invite government scrutiny, Google is stepping up efforts to master a game political foes such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have played for decades.

Relona

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An interesting interview with the founder of Relona, “designed to help Yahoo/Ask/MSN catch-up with Google.” It’s a pretty audacious claim, but fun to read.

Rumor: Apple will Bundle Google Apps

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From Erick:

One prediction is that Apple is going to announce a deal to bundle in Google’s Webtop products (gmail, Google Docs and Spreadsheets,Google Calendar, etc.) into upcoming Macs. At least that’s what Fred Vogelstein thinks, based on recent hints from Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs.

Fred’s post, as mashed by T’meme is here.

Let us not forget that Eric is on Steve’s board…