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4 Minute Roundup: Text Donations to Haiti; Google.cn Uncensored

Here's the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week's edition, I look at the way social media and text-to-donate has helped to transform charitable giving in Haiti after the earthquake. Plus, Google announced it would stop censoring its search site in China after having Gmail accounts of dissidents and free speech proponents hacked there. And I ask Just One Question to Tribune Media's Kate O'Hare (@KateOH) to see if time slots still matter for TV shows.

Check it out:


Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Haiti in Rubble - Marketers, Aid Groups Rush To Help at MediaPost

Mobile giving to help Haiti exceeds $7 million at MSNBC

In Haiti earthquake coverage, social media gives victim a voice at Guardian

Haiti and New Media - How NPR is Using Twitter and Facebook To Report on the Earthquake at BayNewser

Social media help find quake survivors at CBC

Haiti - Search for missing loved ones leads friends and relatives online at LA Times

Best Online Resources for Following Haiti News, Taking Action at PBS MediaShift

A new approach to China at the Official Google Blog

What's at Stake With Google's Threat to Withdraw From China? at ClickZ

Why Google Wasn't Winning in China Anyway at AdAge

White House, Beijing Joust Over Censorship at WSJ (paid subscription required)

Why Google is quitting China at Silicon Dragon

Conan O'Brien Statement - I Will Not Follow Jay at Huffington Post

Here's a graphical view of the most recent MediaShift survey results. The question was: "What do you think about 3D TV?"

3d tv grab.jpg

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about Google and China:

What do you think about Google's intent to run an uncensored site in China?(online surveys)

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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