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8:00 AM ET, January 2, 2008

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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
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
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Flubs Story On RIAA — RIAA Still Not Going After Personal Copies (Yet)  —  from the who-needs-to-read-the-details?  dept  —  Back at the beginning of December, we helped debunk a story making the rounds claiming that the RIAA was going after a guy named Jeffrey Howell for ripping his own CDs to his computer.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WebGuild Using Questionable Tactics To Promote Events  —  Are you going to the Web 2.0 Conference later this month?  No, not the one put on by O'Reilly in San Francisco.  I'm talking about the Web 2.0 Conference & Expo put on by WebGuild later this month.  —  Or do you plan on attending the popular Future of Web Apps Conference?
BBC:
Put your questions to Bill Gates  —  Bill Gates is to answer your questions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The software supremo and co-founder of Microsoft is preparing to step down from the helm of one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Gawker Media Gets Strung Out on Sci-Fi  —  Online blogomerate Gawker Media is best known for outsider snark-fests like New York's Gawker and Washington D.C.'s Wonkette .  But the company minors in geekier fare like gadget site Gizmodo, game blog Kotaku and Lifehacker, a productivity site.
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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, PodTech.net and Gadget Lab
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
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X market share sets new record at the end of 2007  —  With the end of 2007, Apple celebrates two years of the Intel Mac, and what a two years it has been.  Web metrics firm Net Applications has just released numbers for December.  For those who care, they do it like this:
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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
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.
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.
 
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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
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Patently busy: IBM filing 10 patents/day in technology
Discussion: WinBeta
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Are your SEO efforts working, or failing?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a security issue, folks
Wallace McLean / CopyrightWatch.ca:
Public Domain Day 2008  —  Welcome to 2008, and let's welcome …
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Artificially Promotes Recent Web Pages