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11:15 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 …
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 …
LG preps 52, 84-inch multi-touch LCDs, more  —  LG Phillips LCD has today revealed some of its first multi-touch displays and is targeting them at users who want to bring the technology to large rooms and public spaces.  At 52 and 84 inches, the two new displays are the largest yet to allow …
Discussion: PC World and GottaBeMobile
LG.Philips LCD Unveils its Newest LCDs for Public Displays at CES 2008  —  52-inch Multi-touch Screen, 42-inch Transflective LCD, 47-inch Double Sided LCD and Multi-vision Display Among Company's CES Public Display Technology Zone Highlights  —  LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LPL, KRX …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iPhone firmware 1.1.3 video walkthrough posted  —  It seems pretty clear by now that the images and videos floating around of an iPhone running firmware 1.1.3 are legit, but if you still have doubts as to their veracity, a new walkthrough that's been posted should put those to rest.
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 …
Discussion: Digg
Conrad Longmore / Dynamoo's Blog:
Js/snz.a - likely false positive in eTrust / Vet Anti-Virus  —  It appears that CA's eTrust Anti-Virus product (also known as Vet Anti-Virus, often bundled with other security applications such as ZoneAlarm) is coming up with a false positive for js/snz.a for several complex javascript applications.
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 …
Dion Almaer /
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.
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 …
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.
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 and Leveraging Ideas
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
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Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Bloggers question the way reporters are paid
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
iPod Touch does VoIP
Discussion: ParisLemon
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Does Vista's stunted growth hint at the death of the desktop?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cell phones quickly becoming portable entertainment devices
Discussion: Voices
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Holiday eCommerce Falls Short
Discussion: PR Newswire
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
“What's your audience size?” is wrong question
Mathew /
What are we doing when we Twitter?  —  I came across a post …
Discussion: The Social Times
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
RIAA not suing over CD ripping, still kinda being jerks about it
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg