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9:55 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Australia Joins China In Censoring The Internet  —  The Australian Government has announced that they will be joining China as one of the few countries globally that broadly censor the internet.  —  The Labor Party's policy was announced prior to the Australian Election in November …
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Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children  —  Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy says new measures are being put in place to provide greater protection to children from online pornography and violent websites.  —  Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory …
Susan Kinzie / Washington Post:
Internet Access Is Only Prerequisite For More and More College Classes  —  Berkeley's on YouTube.  American University's hoping to get on iTunes.  George Mason professors have created an online research tool, a virtual filing cabinet for scholars.  And with a few clicks on Yale's Web site …
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Steve Souders is no longer Chief Performance Yahoo! Instead, a Googler  —  Steve Souders is known for:  — Chief Performance Yahoo!  — Creator of YSlow  — Some book on Web Performance  — Blood nice guy  —  The last point is the most important of course.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
In the DVD War Over High Definition, Most Buyers Are Sitting It Out  —  What if nobody wins the high-definition DVD format wars?  That increasingly looks to be the situation for the next-generation DVD technology, which is available to consumers in two incompatible formats.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
BlackBerry 9000 revealed, major disappointment?  —  It appears the rumored touchscreen BB is just a myth if you believe what first time poster Cooper over at BB Forums has to say.  This photo was purportedly taken in Waterloo at the RIM campus.  The 9xxx line won't see a touchscreen for a long …
Discussion: Electronista
BBC:
Cloudy visions of the future  —  Regular commentator Bill Thompson looks forward to cheap net access and cloud computing.  —  If you're ever asked to forecast the way computing will develop, offer to look three to five years ahead.  —  It's a good, safe time frame because if you're right …
Josh McHugh / Wired News:
Should Web Giants Let Startups Use the Information They Have About You?  —  Just after 10 am on June 7, 2007, Ryan Sit glanced at his Gmail inbox and saw the message he had been waiting nine months to receive.  Sit, a 29-year-old software developer from San Diego, is the founder of Listpic …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Mobile phone you can use in the shower  —  Soon there really will be no escape from mobile phones.  They can be used on the world's highest mountains, on planes and even underground, but phone manufacturers now want customers to use their products underwater.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Web Playgrounds of the Very Young  —  LOS ANGELES — Forget Second Life.  The real virtual world gold rush centers on the grammar-school set.  —  Trying to duplicate the success of blockbuster Web sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz, children's entertainment companies are greatly accelerating efforts …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Bloggers question the way reporters are paid  —  If newspapers are no longer able to keep pace with the big players for salaries, then maybe we'll have to start offering a new way of paying reporters and columnists.  Pay extra based on the number of page views that stories generate.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Does Vista's stunted growth hint at the death of the desktop?  —  Is the desktop metaphor dead, replaced by web services like Google and Facebook?  Or is Vista so bad that it's not worth buying?  —  New data points to the latter suggestion, leaving Microsoft with two options.
BBC:
Video games make history in 2007  —  The last 12 months have been one of the best years in video game history, both critically and commercially.  —  Gamers have been able to revel in some of the most exhilarating interactive experiences ever designed.  —  Sales in the UK are at an all-time high …
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
The Cult Of The CEO Gene  —  I am not a fan of most management books.  Perhaps I overdid it in the '80s and '90s, with Drucker, Porter, Davenport, Handy, Senge, and company.  Or maybe I just lost my belief in the management game: the centralization of decision making in a cadre …
Discussion: broadstuff and New York Times
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
“What's your audience size?” is wrong question  —  I'm reading my feeds this morning and see a few people talking about audience size for videobloggers and other content people.  Here's a sample:  —  Henry Blodget points out that Perez Hilton has a huge audience, but hasn't yet been able to sell much advertising to it.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Sorry Robert, Advertising is About Audience Size First, Brand Sponsorships Later
 
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Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
iPod Touch does VoIP
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cell phones quickly becoming portable entertainment devices
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Holiday eCommerce Falls Short
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
What are we doing when we Twitter?  —  I came across a post …
Discussion: The Social Times
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Announcing Hoosgot: Resurrecting the Lazyweb
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
RIAA not suing over CD ripping, still kinda being jerks about it
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Deconstructing Google: Chapter 4, After The Google Breakup
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Online Video Auteurs: Keep Your Day Jobs, Part 2
 

 
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