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1:45 PM ET, December 7, 2008

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Rupert Goodwins / ZDNet:
UK ISPs switch on mass Wikipedia censorship  —  The following notice has appeared on Wikipedia today when many UK users attempt to edit content:  —  “Wikipedia has been added to a Internet Watch Foundation UK website blacklist, and your Internet service provider has decided to block part of your access.
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Wikinews:
British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations  —  From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!  —  Wikinews has learned that at least six of the United Kingdom's main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms …
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
BBC:
Wireless turns iPod into a phone  —  A freeware application for the iPod Touch can turn the music player into a virtual mobile phone.  —  Truphone uses wi-fi technology in an iPod Touch to allow users to make calls to other iPod Touch owners and Google Talk's messaging service users.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Crave
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Products, Funding, Competition  —  I recently had a chance to sit down and have a one-on-one chat with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  There was lots to talk about, and he answered questions about, among other things, Facebook products, privacy issues …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Economy, opportunity seen leading to $599 Apple netbook  —  Faced with the perfect storm of a bleak market and a boom in ultra-budget portables, Apple is believed by some to be readying its own take on the netbook for the first half of 2009.  —  Analyst Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The End Of Venture Capital As We Know It?  —  Last week, something turned.  We found out that not only are we in a recession, but it started a year ago.  Tech layoffs went into overdrive (12,000 at AT&T, 600 at Adobe, 130 at Real Networks), bringing the total unemployed tech workforce to at least 90,000, by our count.
Nick Mathiason / Guardian:
Technology start-ups to be given £1bn fund  —  The government plans to launch a £1bn emergency venture capital fund in a bid to throw a lifeline to technology start-up firms.  —  The fund has won the backing of the new science and innovation minister Lord Drayson.
Discussion: VC Cafe and broadstuff
Nicole Maestri / Reuters:
Walmart.com offers “thousands” of Wiis from Monday  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii has emerged as one of the few hot products this holiday season, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc will offer “tens of thousands” of the hard-to-get video game consoles on its website starting on Monday.
Discussion: I4U News
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Youtube's Desperation  —  Youtube has been messing with the magic quite a bit lately.  Wide screen, high quality and the drive me crazy pre rolls to subscribe among many others.  (BTW, watching the subscribe button scurrying around the screen was fun the first 300 times).  But lets talk Youtube business.
Charbax / techvideoblog.com:
Online video sites HD quality comparison  —  After a lot of wait and speculation, since I had asked the Youtube founders back in January when Youtube would be in HD (through Robert Scoble fortunately reading my questions through his live Qik broadcast), Youtube finally has launched Youtube HD.
Discussion: Obsessable, NewTeeVee and TechSpot
GigaOM:
Survival is Competitive Differentiation  —  We've read a few articles lately claiming that survival is not a strategy.  The arguments in Anand Rajaraman's article on GigaOM last month are sound, and if we understand them correctly include not prolonging a business that will never likely …
 
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
New trojan in mass DNS hijack
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