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5:55 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.
Google, China, and Dueling Internets?  —  Interviewee:  —  Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, CFR  —  Interviewer:  —  Jayshree Bajoria, Staff Writer,  —  Streaming Audio Download Audio
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:   China at Odds With Future in Internet Fight
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
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:
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.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Early Windows Mobile 7 build gets handled, incompatible with previous WinMo apps?  —  In case you weren't aware, Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin is somewhat of a living legend around these parts.  The Russian-borne phone guru manages to get his hands on an ample number of then-unreleased devices …
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:
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
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.
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 …
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
A Rebel in Cyberspace, Fighting Collectivism  —  In 2006, the artist and computer scientist Jaron Lanier published an incisive, groundbreaking and highly controversial essay about “digital Maoism” — about the downside of online collectivism, and the enshrinement by Web 2.0 enthusiasts of the “wisdom of the crowd.”
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: CNET News
Katie Drummond / Danger Room:
Darpa: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk
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?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Resistive screens are dead: HTC now selling a stylus for capacitive screens
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yahoo's Big Plan for the Social Web in 2010: Aggregate It