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9:20 PM ET, January 17, 2010


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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers  —  New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations.  After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside the paper …
Tim Walker / The Independent:
Sergey Brin: Engine driver  —  Google's bold stand against China owes much to the ideals of the internet giant's co-founder — At the annual meeting of Google shareholders on 8 May 2008, a motion was proposed from the floor which called for an end to the company's activities in China.
RELATED:   Google, China, and Dueling Internets?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Agrees to Censor Encyclopedia Dramatica Entry in Australia  —  Google self-censors certain results in countries like France or Germany, and Australia as well.  The Sydney Morning Herald writes: … When searching Google Australia for [Aboriginal and Encyclopedia] …
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Should you dump Internet Explorer, NOW?  —  D'oh, now there's a redundant question.  —  Yesterday, ZDNET blogger Ed Bott asserted that “it's time to stop using IE6.”  I s-o-o-o-o disagree.  For many organizations and all consumers, it's time to stop using any version of Microsoft's browser …
Ben Sheffner / Slate:
Is Gawker's “Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt” Illegal?  —  Apple is threatening to sue over Valleywag's tablet stunt.  It's got a pretty good case.  —  Gawker—whose founder, Nick Denton, recently chided his minions for thinking “way too much before publishing,” and which is fighting off …
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Asus color reader uses OLED, said to run 122 hours and allow Flash video: Coming by end of 2010?  —  Well, so much for worries that OLEDs displays must be battery hogs.  A forthcoming Asus reader is said to be able to run 122 hours on one battery charge.  In a roundup on e-readers, Times Online says:
John Cook / TechFlash:
Handicapping who Google might want to buy in online real estate  —  Google is once again making waves about its intentions in online real estate, with an executive of the search giant reportedly saying at a conference last week that they are “actively looking to acquire one to two small real estate companies a month.”
Voice of America:
Experts Divided Over Internet Changes to Language  —  Since the first web browser appeared on computer screens in 1994, the Internet has radically changed global communication.  With instant access to messaging and email, the ability to circulate commentary and opinion has revolutionized the way people communicate.
Damaster /
Windows Live Mail Wave 4 to support Gmail's labels, stars and archiving?  —  Twitter had been our friend lately to discover new gems about what's coming in Windows Live Wave 4.  We found a tweet by Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief from, who asked the following question:
MySQL founder turns to China, Russia to halt Oracle  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Michael Widenius, the creator of the MySQL database, said he is turning his vocal campaign against Oracle's planned takeover of Sun Microsystems to China and Russia because the European Commission appears set to clear the deal.
Zephoria / apophenia:
Facebook's move ain't about changes in privacy norms  —  When I learned that Mark Zuckerberg effectively argued that ‘the age of privacy is over’ (read: ReadWriteWeb), I wanted to scream.  Actually, I did.  And still am.  The logic goes something like this:  — People I knew didn't used to like to be public.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
German News Groups, Microsoft Unit File Anti-Trust Complaints Against Google  —  It was only last week that Germany's justice minister suggested Google is becoming “a giant monopoly, similar to Microsoft”.  Her comments have now paved the way for a trio of complaints filed …
Discussion: Deutsche Welle and The Next Web
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google, China, and the future of freedom on the global Internet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Resurrects Imeem Playlists
Discussion: CNET News
Katie Drummond / Danger Room:
Darpa: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
A Rebel in Cyberspace, Fighting Collectivism
Discussion: Changing Way
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo: “The Open Web is not a rose garden.”
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Next Android version will be called Froyo, says Erick Tseng
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Resistive screens are dead: HTC now selling a stylus for capacitive screens
Discussion: Mobile Whack and