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8:05 AM ET, December 31, 2007

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ABC News:
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: TechFold and duncanriley.com
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Slashdot
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Googlified
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
iPod Touch does VoIP  —  There you have it, the first VoIP call made on the Touch.  Software should be out tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for our very own hands on video.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking  —  After years of double-digit growth rates, the global ring tone market appears to have come to the end of its crescendo, according to a variety of measures.  —  In some parts of the world, ring tone sales are actually declining …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Email And Cellphone Contacts Are The Real Social Graph  —  Google has been quietly rolling out social features across all of its services based on Gmail contacts.  While Google still has to overcome some of its social tone-deafness (e.g. automatically adding contacts without asking), this move makes perfect sense.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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