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John Leyden / The Register:
Germany pushes IWF-style child abuse blocklist  —  What could possibly go wrong?  —  The German government has proposed regulations the will oblige local ISPs to apply a government-mandated block list.  —  The proposal, from the Ministry for Families, is designed to prevent access to child pornography.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
German Government Wants to Start ISP-Based Censoring  —  Germany will start to hand out blacklists to internet providers, several German news sources, like Spiegel, report.  This move is proclaimed to only filter child porn.  In about 6-8 weeks the dealings with the ISPs should be finalized …
Discussion: Mashable! and MediaShift
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How Microsoft blew the keyword business; And how you still can't count Redmond out  —  Microsoft had its Google killer in 2000, but killed the project before it got rolling.  Why?  Worries about cannibalization.  —  The Wall Street Journal has an interesting tale of Microsoft's miscues on the search front.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
First U.S. CTO May Be Indian  —  President-elect Obama has narrowed his choices for the top technology job to two people, both born in India  —  Two Indian-born technology executives are the leading candidates for the incoming Obama Administration's newly created position …
Discussion: Beet.TV and GigaOM
Tuan Nguyen / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Confirmed: Apple Mac Mini Based on Nvidia Ion  —  A large portion of the Apple Mac community is waiting for Apple to refresh the Mac Mini line.  We learned today that the next generation of Mac Mini computers will be based on Nvidia's Ion platform.  —  An Nvidia partner confirmed to us …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Twitter App Funded: TweetDeck Raises an Angel Round.  Next Up: A Business Plan  —  Yes, you can still get someone to invest in a Web startup with zero revenue.  It helps if you can insert the word “Twitter” into your pitch, though.  —  TweetDeck, a one-man company which makes …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter May Have Found Its Business Model  —  Twitter...what is it good for?  It turns out this little service is good for a whole lot of things, despite the loud objections of people who've never really tried it.  Even among true believers, though, it's been hard to figure …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Securing the Windows 7 beta  —  Windows 7's “Action Center” alerts users if they don't have antivirus software installed, pointing them to a Microsoft Web site with links to download various antivirus software products.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Despite the fact that security programs …
Legal downloads swamped by piracy  —  Ninety-five per cent of music downloaded online is illegal, a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said.  —  The global music trade body said this is its biggest challenge as artists and record companies miss out on payments.
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2009
Discussion: MediaMemo
The Age:
Aussie Google phone launch aborted  —  Ruslan Kogan. Asher Moses  —  The Melbourne consumer electronics maker who promised to release the first Google phone in Australia by the end of this month has delayed the launch indefinitely, citing “potential future interoperability issues”.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Worst Microsoft Video Promo Ever, Take 2.  Just Cover Up The Mac With Stickers.  —  Earlier this month, Microsoft Research released Songsmith, a song-making app that works only on Windows.  To promote the app it released what might very well be the worst promo video ever …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work  —  Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone.  Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness (see video below).
YouTube Blog:
Coming Up Next... YouTube on Your TV  —  Have you ever wanted to just sit on your couch and watch YouTube on your TV?  Well, now that's possible via YouTube for Television, initially available through the Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles at
Market Wire:
Panasonic Introduces Two New FS-Series Cameras to Popular LUMIX Digital Still Camera Line  —  LUMIX DMC-FS7 and DMC-FS15 Feature Enhanced Intelligent Auto Technologies to Combine Simple Operation With Slim, Stylish Design  —  Panasonic today announced two new additions to its LUMIX FS-Series …
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Betting On Telepresence  —  Polycom, HP and Cisco hope video conferencing sales will soar in the down economy.  —  “Disasters drove the video conference business,” says Polycom Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Hagerty.  “Then, it becomes mainstream.”  —  Those disasters were 9/11 …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Chadwick Matlin / The Big Money:
Hey, What About Pixar?  —  Steve Jobs' other job can tell us a lot about the future of Apple.  —  Since nobody else seems to feel like telling you, I'll let you in on a secret: Steve Jobs is not just the co-founder of Apple, but also of Pixar.  And he sits not just on the board of Apple …
Discussion: CNET News and Gawker
HP to add more members to its Mini-note family  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to launch new members in its Mini-note family including the Mini-note 2150 with built-in a 3G module at the beginning of June this year, according to sources at notebook makers  —  Before the Mini-note 2150 …
Discussion: Liliputing and SlashGear
Financial Times:
Internet piracy regulations planned for UK  —  Ministers intend to pass regulations on internet piracy requiring service providers to tell customers they suspect of illegally downloading films and music that they are breaking the law, says the draft report by Lord Carter.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Another Facebook Hole?  —  The complexity of Facebook makes it likely there are holes in its privacy.  But this one, if I'm right, seems to suggest that it's possible to access someone's private data by a social engineering trick outside Facebook.  —  Today I received an email invite to join Facebook from someone I've never heard of.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel Looks to Invest Despite a Drop-Off  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Despite watching its profits virtually vanish in the fourth quarter, Intel, the world's largest chip maker, remains committed to spending billions of dollars on new manufacturing facilities and attacking rivals in new markets.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Want Proof OpenID Can Succeed?  Just Scroll Down  —  Whatever hurdles OpenID has to clear to become a widely-adopted de facto standard, its blueprint for success lies at the bottom of millions of blog posts.  —  OpenID and its companion technologies — along with similar systems like Facebook Connect …
Royal Pingdom:
The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs  —  We all know that Wordpress is popular among bloggers, and Movable Type as well.  But HOW popular?  And what other platforms are being used?  To find out, we went through the Technorati top 100 blogs and investigated what blog platforms they are using.
Daniel A. Begun / News:
GPUs Used to Successfully Crack Wi-Fi Passwords  —  Because of the computational power of today's GPUs, GPUs are starting to be harnessed more and more to help out CPUs with some hardcore number crunching.  That is the concept behind Nvidia's CUDA, ATI's Stream, and Apple's OpenCL frameworks.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
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