More Search History In The Courts

Terrible story, but telling too. Court papers released on Tuesday revealed Entwistle searched the internet for information on how to kill and commit suicide days before their deaths….

Terrible story, but telling too.

Court papers released on Tuesday revealed Entwistle searched the internet for information on how to kill and commit suicide days before their deaths.

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China Net Hearings

Are going on today. Live blogging will be available from various authors, Red State has a list. Also, an interesting development within the Chinese establishment, an open letter criticizing the party's information policies from senior (but out of power) party officials. Update: WaPo on the story. Update 2: Gary…

Are going on today. Live blogging will be available from various authors, Red State has a list.

Also, an interesting development within the Chinese establishment, an open letter criticizing the party’s information policies from senior (but out of power) party officials.

Update: WaPo on the story.

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Oh Sh*t, Folks Care About This, What to Do?

Call me cynical, but this feels like a PR move, sound and fury, signifying, well…not much. The State Department announced plans Tuesday to step up a campaign to combat efforts by foreign governments to restrict use of the Internet. At a news conference, Josette Shiner, a top State Department…

Call me cynical, but this feels like a PR move, sound and fury, signifying, well…not much.

The State Department announced plans Tuesday to step up a campaign to combat efforts by foreign governments to restrict use of the Internet.

At a news conference, Josette Shiner, a top State Department trade expert, called the Internet “the greatest purveyor of news and information in history” but said too often the flow is blocked by government censors.

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Technorati, New State O’ Blogosphere and “Filter by Authority”

Dave's post here is fascinating, from it: Given that there's a lot of interesting topical posts by influential or authoritative bloggers in those topic areas, we formulated an idea: Why not use these authoritative bloggers as a new kind of editorial board? Watch what they do, what they post…

Dave’s post here is fascinating, from it:

Given that there’s a lot of interesting topical posts by influential or authoritative bloggers in those topic areas, we formulated an idea: Why not use these authoritative bloggers as a new kind of editorial board? Watch what they do, what they post about, and what they link to as input to a new kind of display – a piece of media that showed you the most interesting posts and conversations that related to a topic area, like food, or technology, or politics, or PR. The idea is to use the bloggers that know the most about an area or topic to help spot the interesting trends that may never hit the “A-list”. We call this new section Explore, and we’ve seeded it with some of the most interesting topics that we could find. But one of the nice things about Explore is that there are no gatekeepers, and that anyone who writes interesting topical blog posts can get included simply by tagging his blog and tagging his posts.

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Never Poke a Dragon While It’s Eating

(Caveat, something of a rant coming). I've been unsettled about this whole China thing for a while, so to help me think things through, I called Xiao Qiang, a physicist who knows the China regime first hand, and has wrangled with it as the founder of Human Rights In…

Chinese-Dragon-Green-17-Large (Caveat, something of a rant coming).

I’ve been unsettled about this whole China thing for a while, so to help me think things through, I called Xiao Qiang, a physicist who knows the China regime first hand, and has wrangled with it as the founder of Human Rights In China, then continued to think deeply about it as a scholar at the Berkeley China Internet Project, which was founded while I was still teaching at the school.

I caught Xiao at a good time, as he is leaving to testify in Washington Tuesday. He was ready to talk, and so was I, and together we puzzled through the rash of recent events – the two Yahoo incidents, the launch of Google.cn, the recent hearings in Congress, Google’s defiance of the DOJ and the eerie parallels between the US’s snooping for reasons of “National Security” and China’s, Yahoo’s call for help today, etc. If ever there was a critical mass building for some kind of action on this issue, why, it seems now would be it.

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MSFT Acquires MotionBridge

Mobile search is heating up. Today, at the 3GSM World Congress 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the acquisition of MotionBridge, a leading provider of search technology designed specifically for mobile operators and the mobile Internet. MotionBridge, based in Paris, is a worldwide leader in mobile search technology that is currently…

Mobile search is heating up.

Today, at the 3GSM World Congress 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the acquisition of MotionBridge, a leading provider of search technology designed specifically for mobile operators and the mobile Internet. MotionBridge, based in Paris, is a worldwide leader in mobile search technology that is currently available to customers through contacts with major mobile communications companies in Europe and North America.

“The emerging field of mobile search is strategically important and crucial to delivering on our vision for Windows Live™ of providing a seamless and rich information experience for individuals and businesses across devices,” said Christopher Payne, corporate vice president of MSN Search at Microsoft.

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On China and Yahoo

Over at NPR, Xeni of BB has a take on the Yahoo story featuring my colleagues at Berkeley, Xiao Qiang and Orville Schell. Worth a listen. Update: Yahoo is asking for a coalition of the willing on this issue, SEW reports….

Over at NPR, Xeni of BB has a take on the Yahoo story featuring my colleagues at Berkeley, Xiao Qiang and Orville Schell. Worth a listen.

Update: Yahoo is asking for a coalition of the willing on this issue, SEW reports.

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