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6:15 PM ET, January 1, 2010


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Wall Street Journal:
China Is Losing a War Over Internet  —  Beijing Has Prevailed in Battles, but Segment of Society Has Awakened to the Constraints  —  BEIJING—These appear to be dark days for the Internet in China.  —  Four months into a crusade against Internet pornography, the government is closing thousands of sites …
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China says 5,394 arrested in Internet porn crackdown  —  Buzz up!  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police arrested thousands in a drive against Internet pornography throughout 2009, officials said, vowing a deepening crackdown that critics say is being used to tighten overall censorship.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for iEconomy?  —  Jack Dorsey's Square, Incase, Verifone and now Mophie — these companies' credit card readers are turning the iPhone/iPod touch platform into an e-commerce engine.  —  Mophie, a Los Angeles-based company that makes accessories for the iPod/iPhone devices …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple: Best [—  ] of the Decade  —  Steve Jobs and Apple appeared in an extraordinary number of 2009's “Best of” lists  —  Our favorite: “There's an app for that,” the Yale Book of Quotations' No. 3 quote of the 2009, right before Rep. Joe Wilson's “You lie” and after Captain Sully Sullenberger's …
Firefox for Maemo RC1  —  To help bring in the new year, Mozilla has released the first release candidate of Firefox for Maemo.  If you've already got beta 5 installed on your N900 or N810, you will be receiving a software update shortly.  Otherwise, if you're viewing this on your device, you can install it from here.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One AO532h joins the Pine Trail party with a $299 pricetag  —  It's about time that the number one netbook manufacturer officially release details on its Pine Trail packing netbooks.  The 10-inch Acer Aspire One A0535h seems to look slightly different than its predecessors …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Expects to Ship 10 Million Tablets in First Year, Lee Kai-Fu Says  —  Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. expects to ship 10 million tablet computers in the device's first year of release, former Google Inc. Greater China president Lee Kai-fu wrote on his Web log, citing a friend familiar with the project whom he didn't name.
Hugh Schofield / BBC:
French online piracy law in force  —  The first effects of France's new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year begins.  —  The law was passed after a long struggle in parliament, and in the teeth of bitter opposition from groups opposed to internet restrictions.
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Domain name extension ‘could boost cyber-crime’  —  The introduction of internet addresses in non-Roman scripts could offer fresh opportunities to cyber-criminals, experts have warned.  —  Next year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) will for the first time …
Discussion: Mashable! and Domain Name Wire
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.  —  Photo: Thomas Cain/  —  In the wake of public outcry …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
‘Start-up’ visas to boost US tech  —  A proposal that will make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs in the US to start the next Google or Yahoo will be debated in the new year.  —  Congressman Jared Polis has proposed a start-up visa to entice “foreigners with good ideas” to stay in the US.
Discussion: Guardian, ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Aaron Mielke / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Television news in 2009: Twitter, infidelity and more  —  (First time visitors: Welcome to SnapStream!  We make TV search software used by organizations, like the Daily Show, to search inside TV shows.  Read on or learn more about our products.)  —  At SnapStream we've been hanging onto …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:rakeshagrawal
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Peering into MySpace's collective consciousness with real-time search
Purva Patel / Houston Chronicle:
Houston company wants to be Hulu for Hispanics
Discussion:, Thanks:dsilverman
Andy Patrizio / HardwareCentral:
The Year (and Next Year) in Semiconductors
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
$7.5 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle
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MySpace Replaces Embedded Imeem Playlists With Ads
Discussion: Download Squad
 Earlier Items: 
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Mozilla Raindrop Aims to Solve Message Glut in 2010
Bill Ray / The Register:
Hacker rattles 21,000 iPhone unlockers
Discussion: CrunchGear
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up IPOs Go Elsewhere
Megan McCarthy / Techmeme News:
Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2009
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple COO Tim Cook Said To Be A “Top Candidate” For GM CEO Job (AAPL, GM)
Discussion: TUAW and MacDailyNews