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7:20 AM ET, January 2, 2008

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Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday.  —  Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman reached by telephone, said that the blogger …
Sue Dunlevy / NEWS.com.au:
Rudd online porn-free plan questioned  —  A RUDD Government plan to censor internet pornography and violence could undermine another of its election promises - to speed up our internet access.  —  The Internet Industry Association has warned the downside of censoring access could be a reduction in the speed of access to websites.
Discussion: WebProNews and duncanriley.com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2008  —  Has it been a whole year?  I posted my predictions for 2007 on Jan 1, 2007, and here it is, the first day of 2008, and here we go again.  This year I am going to organize my predictions by companies (just the big ones) and trends.  I'm focusing on advertising …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Hands On: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  There's no better sign of Microsoft's increasing acceptance of the Mac population than the latest version of Office for Mac 2008, the first Office with native support for Intel-based Macs.  Like its Mac-side predecessors …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Redfly Mobile Companion is the Palm Foleo For Windows Mobiles  —  Remember the Palm Foleo?  This REDFLY Mobile Companion is just like that, except it's for Windows Mobile phones.  The MC looks like a small 8-inch screen laptop (styled in Famicom colors), has a keyboard and touchpad, but weighs 1.9 pounds and and measures 9x6x1-inches.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Gadget Lab and PodTech.net
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Denton to pay bloggers based on traffic  —  Gawker Media dark overlord Nick Denton (pictured) has launched a new pay system for all Gawker Media blogs, after testing it at four of his leading sites.  Denton's goal is to discourage “self indulgent” posts and “mind-numbing frequency” in favor of …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Can Pay-For-Performance Improve The Quality Of Content On The Web?
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Why Is Google Giving Its ‘Shared Stuff’ Feature No Love In Its Social Movement?  —  Back in September when Google quietly announced a new service called ‘Shared Stuff’ I hailed it as the first step towards a social Google - a potential stealth Del.icio.us-killer that could signal the future of Google Reader.
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
The 5 most annoying programs on your PC  —  Elephantware.  That is what we are talking about.  Bloated programs that make brand new PCs boot like Pentium 2s with 64 MBs of RAM.  —  This is software that causes your screen to freeze while it works, consumes enough system resources to display …
Discussion: Voidstar: blog
E-Commerce Times:
Enterprise Customers to Wireless Carriers: Can You Hear Us Now?  —  Enterprise customers repeatedly ask why the carriers don't just offer packages of millions of voice minutes per month for a flat per-minute rate, or true “pay-as-you-go” plans without the gotcha of a minimum per-user minutes requirement.
BBC:
Technologies on the rise in 2008  —  A number of technologies have exploded throughout 2007 from Facebook and the iPhone to the Nintendo Wii.  —  But what will be making the headlines over the next 12 months?  —  Here the BBC News website gives its predictions for five technologies that could become big in 2008.
Dave Methvin / InformationWeek Weblog:
Will Windows Vista Succeed In 2008?  Don't Count On It  —  Conventional wisdom seems to be that existing Microsoft customers won't leapfrog Windows Vista and wait for “Windows Seven,” currently expected in 2010.  There's a feeling of inevitability about the transition …
Discussion: WinBeta
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a security issue, folks  —  In 1980, I signed a deal with a company to market a product I was developing.  The contract required me to turn over the source code, which I did.  One day I went to a meeting at the office of the company, and there on the product manager's desk …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Patently busy: IBM filing 10 patents/day in technology  —  A recent article in Spectrum, the online magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), rated companies in nine categories (Aerospace and Defense, Computer Peripherals and Storage, Computer Systems and Software …
Discussion: WinBeta
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Artificially Promotes Recent Web Pages  —  Google paid a big price when it started to index pages faster and show them in the search results minutes after they're published.  The problem is that you can't rank a page that has just been created because it has no backlinks …
 
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Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
In the contest between PCs and laptops, an open-and-shut case
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Look back: Social Media moments & milestones to remember from 2007
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Are your SEO efforts working, or failing?
Wallace McLean / CopyrightWatch.ca:
Public Domain Day 2008  —  Welcome to 2008, and let's welcome …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X market share sets new record at the end of 2007
Glyn Moody / redmondmag.com:
Google's Secret Weapon
 Earlier Items: 
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google New Year's Logo With Easter Egg
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
The State of Innovation in India
Discussion: VentureWoods and Startup Dunia
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Sub Notebook Hints: External Optical Drive, MultiTouch Trackpad?
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without
Discussion: broadstuff