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1:45 PM 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 …
John Leyden / The Register:
Oz govt pushes mandatory net filters  —  Australia's newly elected Labor government is pushing plans that would make it mandatory for local ISPs to install porn-blocking filters, offering “clean” internet feeds as a preferred option.  —  Telecomms Minister Stephen Conroy said the policy …
Discussion: DSLreports
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Data privacy is a startup opportunity, alas
Discussion: Ars Technica
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: Engadget and Electronista
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 surfaces?  —  Who knows at this point, honestly.  From our own mock-up, to many other ones online, it's going to take a lot to convince us.  That said friends, this does look pretty legit if it turns out to be true.  We'll let you all debate whether you like or not.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   New Blackberry 9000 in iPhone Black?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Exec Souders To Google; Yahoo to Zero?  —  Steve Souders, Chief Performance Yahoo, is jumping to Google as of Jan. 7.  From the outside, hard to see this as anything other than yet another long-term exec (2000) fleeing a sinking ship.  Any insights appreciated.  Steve's bio below.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Steve Souders is no longer Chief Performance Yahoo! Instead, a Googler
Discussion: WebProNews, Googlified and Valleywag
Electronista:
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 …
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lgphilips-lcd.com:
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
Podcasting News:
High Definition DVD Formats Going Nowhere Fast  —  Despite the fact that prices have plummeted for next-generation high-definition DVD players, the two systems — Blu-ray, developed by Sony, and HD DVD, from Toshiba, have sold only about one million stand-alone players combined.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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.
Reuters:
Vonage and Nortel settle patent dispute  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet-based calling company Vonage Holdings Corp (VG.N) said it has agreed to settle a patent dispute with Nortel Networks (NT.TO) (NT.N) with no payment of damages, sending its share up more than 8 percent.
Discussion: Electronista
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Bill Ray / The Register:   Vonage shakes off patent disputes
comScore:
Online Holiday Spending Through December 27 Nears $28 Billion,  —  Up 19 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  Period Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Experiences 21-Percent Gain  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an update …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Computerworld
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 …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
In Restless Pursuit of Craigslist's Success  —  MICROSOFT tried.  Google tried.  Now it's eBay's turn to see if it can dethrone the Web's most spectacularly successful underdog, Craigslist.  —  The Kijiji unit of eBay, a free classified ads service covering 13 countries online …
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.
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Solid state, cloud storage on tap for a power-hungry 2008
Paul Miller / Engadget:
EGO Drive 4.3-inch GPS unit looks pretty, loves your phone
Discussion: Electronista and NaviGadget
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ho-ho-horrible: album sales plunge 20 percent this Christmas
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
E-Lead Electronic Noahpad UMPC
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The Cult Of The CEO Gene
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Mobile phone you can use in the shower
Discussion: Engadget, Phone Scoop and Gizmodo
BBC:
Video games make history in 2007
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Cloudy visions of the future
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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
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Josh McHugh / Wired News:
Should Web Giants Let Startups Use the Information They Have About You?
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
iPod Touch does VoIP
Discussion: ParisLemon
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Does Vista's stunted growth hint at the death of the desktop?
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Web Playgrounds of the Very Young
 

 
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