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7:25 AM ET, January 18, 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 …
the nytpicker:
Hello?  New York Magazine's Supposed “Scoop” Today About NYT Charging …
Discussion: Gawker
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Leaning Toward ‘FT’ Metered Model; Announcement Finally On Way?
Discussion: Mashable!
Google probing possible inside help on attack  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google is investigating whether one or more employees may have helped facilitate a cyber-attack that the U.S. search giant said it was a victim of in mid-December, two sources told Reuters on Monday.
Apple to launch 22-inch touch-enabled all-in-one PC in 2010, says paper  —  Apple reportedly plans to launch a 22-inch touch-enabled all-in-one PC in 2010, in addition to the current non-touch 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
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 …
Discussion: and VoIP Watch
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aliph Jawbone Icon boasts industry-first software platform  —  The Aliph Jawbone Icon comes in six different designs.  —  Aliph has just unveiled the Jawbone Icon, which promises to be the company's most sophisticated Bluetooth headset yet.  We've had a chance to really put the headset through …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Price Of Google In China  —  The news this past week that Google would cease the censorship of its search results in China, and could well be forced to entirely halt operations in the country as a result, is quite simply one of the most interesting stories to come along in the tech sphere in a long time.
Discussion: Washington Post and Yahoo! News, Thanks:atul
Tim Walker / The Independent:
Sergey Brin: Engine driver
Daniel Gross / Slate:   China's Silicon Ceiling
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Does the Fourth Amendment cover ‘the cloud’?  —  One of the biggest issues facing individuals and corporations choosing to adopt public cloud computing (or any Internet service, for that matter) is the relative lack of clarity with respect to legal rights over data stored online.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Forget Gum.  Walking and Using Phone Is Risky.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On the day of the collision last month, visibility was good.  The sidewalk was not under repair.  As she walked, Tiffany Briggs, 25, was talking to her grandmother on her cellphone, lost in conversation.  —  Very lost.
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars’ Out in U.S. Too - First Impressions and Video  —  Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [App Store] was quietly released into the App Store this evening.  Chinatown Wars for the iPhone seems to lie somewhere in between the DS and PSP versions in regards to graphical quality …
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] …
Nick / Rough Type:
Other people's privacy  —  In the wake of Google's revelation last week of a concerted, sophisticated cyber attack on many corporate networks, including its own Gmail service, Eric Schmidt's recent comments about privacy become even more troubling.  As you'll recall, in a December 3 CNBC interview …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The right to link  —  My column in the Guardian argues that we have a right to link and that the link is the basis of freedom of speech online.  The issues are important and so I'm posting the entire column here:  —  Linking is more than merely a function and feature of the internet.  Linking is a right.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Aol Quietly Launches An Expert Site Called Owl, and Feeds It Seed  —  Aol's answer to Wikipedia is Owl, a new site described as “a living, breathing library where useful knowledge, opinions and images are posted from experts the world over.”  —  Owl seems more of a testbed for Seed than anything else.
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