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10:45 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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Leaning Toward ‘FT’ Metered Model; Announcement Finally On Way?  —  After more than a year of discussions and months of delays, the New York Times finally may be on the verge of announcing—not of implementing, mind you—a metered system that would allow registered users to read …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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Daniel Gross / Slate:
China's Silicon Ceiling  —  The Beijing/Google skirmish is a reminder that free markets require free minds.  —  Google vs. China represents a clash of what may be the two most powerful forces of the first decade of the 21st century.  Like China, Google has changed the terms of competition …
CFR.org:   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:
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Skype's New Dawn?  —  We talk about Facebook, twitter, MySpace and Friendster as the big social networks but we keep forgetting one that is far bigger than that: Skype.  This from a Bloomberg piece on Skype's vacillating fortunes: … Pretty much everyone I know is on Skype—more so than Facebook …
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.”
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
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 Engadget.com, who asked the following question:
Reuters:
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.
 
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Voice of America:
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google, China, and the future of freedom on the global Internet
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
German News Groups, Microsoft Unit File Anti-Trust Complaints Against Google
Discussion: Deutsche Welle and The Next Web
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Resurrects Imeem Playlists
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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
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
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Why is Apple blocking VoIP over 3G?