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5:25 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 …
BBC:
Vision on  —  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 then people …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
RIAA not suing over CD ripping, still kinda being jerks about it  —  Okay, so we've done some digging into the RIAA's lawsuit against Jeffery Howell, in which the industry is claiming that ripped MP3s are “unauthorized copies,” and it turns out that Jeffery isn't actually being sued for ripping CDs …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Online Video Auteurs: Keep Your Day Jobs, Part 2  —  Perez Hilton tells TVWeek his videos on Google's YouTube generated 25 million views over the past three months and netted him a whopping $5,000 in revenue.  That's a 20-cent CPM.  (It's an even lower net CPM for Google, by the way, assuming a payout ratio of more than 50%.
 
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Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cell phones quickly becoming portable entertainment devices
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Holiday eCommerce Falls Short
Discussion: PR Newswire
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
What are we doing when we Twitter?  —  I came across a post …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Deconstructing Google: Chapter 4, After The Google Breakup
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Will the RIAA die in '08? …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft takes Vista advertising to YouTube
Janet Rae-Dupree / New York Times:
Innovative Minds Don't Think Alike