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9:25 AM ET, January 2, 2008

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Sue Dunlevy / NEWS.com.au:
Rudd online porn-free plan questioned  —  A RUDD Government plan to censor internet pornography and violence could undermine another of its election promises - to speed up our internet access.  —  The Internet Industry Association has warned the downside of censoring access could be a reduction in the speed of access to websites.
Discussion: WebProNews, p2pnet and duncanriley.com
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Hands On: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  There's no better sign of Microsoft's increasing acceptance of the Mac population than the latest version of Office for Mac 2008, the first Office with native support for Intel-based Macs.  Like its Mac-side predecessors …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Flubs Story On RIAA — RIAA Still Not Going After Personal Copies (Yet)  —  from the who-needs-to-read-the-details?  dept  —  Back at the beginning of December, we helped debunk a story making the rounds claiming that the RIAA was going after a guy named Jeffrey Howell for ripping his own CDs to his computer.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Graph Your Twitter Usage  —  Twitter has the potential of breaking into the mainstream this year.  A lot of what's going on around Twitter is not dissimilar to the earlier days of blogging; we're seeing evangelists, some basic mainstream adoptions, and even some tracking services.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Pantsland
BBC:
Put your questions to Bill Gates  —  Bill Gates is to answer your questions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  The software supremo and co-founder of Microsoft is preparing to step down from the helm of one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WebGuild Using Questionable Tactics To Promote Events  —  Are you going to the Web 2.0 Conference later this month?  No, not the one put on by O'Reilly in San Francisco.  I'm talking about the Web 2.0 Conference & Expo put on by WebGuild later this month.  —  Or do you plan on attending the popular Future of Web Apps Conference?
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Some Brands on Facebook Get It Wrong  —  We have been looking at trends occurring on facebook for brands and how they can engage with applications.  From a facebook application perspective many brands are somewhat missing the mark on how to create engaging applications that users will actually use & share on facebook.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Redfly Mobile Companion is the Palm Foleo For Windows Mobiles  —  Remember the Palm Foleo?  This REDFLY Mobile Companion is just like that, except it's for Windows Mobile phones.  The MC looks like a small 8-inch screen laptop (styled in Famicom colors), has a keyboard and touchpad, but weighs 1.9 pounds and measures 9x6x1 inches.
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Celestron Digital Microscope Rocks Digital Screen and 2-Megapixel Camera  —  A sub-$300 microscope with 3.5-inch digital screen and built-in camera is being launched at CES 2008 next week.  Celestron's LCD Digital Microscope has three magnification levels of 4x, 10x and 40x …
Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Saudis Confirm Detention of Blogger  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — An outspoken Saudi blogger is being held for “purposes of interrogation,” the Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Tuesday.  —  Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman reached by telephone, said that the blogger …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Gawker Media Gets Strung Out on Sci-Fi  —  Online blogomerate Gawker Media is best known for outsider snark-fests like New York's Gawker and Washington D.C.'s Wonkette .  But the company minors in geekier fare like gadget site Gizmodo, game blog Kotaku and Lifehacker, a productivity site.
Smartphones Show:
Smartphones Show programme 50  —  www.smartphones-show.com, in conjunction with 3-Lib and Symbian  —  What you see above is the YouTube version of the show.  As you may know, YouTube resample all videos to a lower specification/quality.  For best quality, either grab the show as the original …
Discussion: biskero.org and All About Symbian
Ian Smith / Download Squad:
The 5 most annoying programs on your PC  —  Elephantware.  That is what we are talking about.  Bloated programs that make brand new PCs boot like Pentium 2s with 64 MBs of RAM.  —  This is software that causes your screen to freeze while it works, consumes enough system resources to display …
Discussion: Voidstar: blog
BBC:
Technologies on the rise in 2008  —  A number of technologies have exploded throughout 2007 from Facebook and the iPhone to the Nintendo Wii.  —  But what will be making the headlines over the next 12 months?  —  Here the BBC News website gives its predictions for five technologies that could become big in 2008.
 
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TWiT.tv:
What Up, Microsoft?  —  It's not just hardware, and it's not just Surface.  Paul, Mary Jo, and Leo talk about what Microsoft has up its sleeves for the Oct 2 event.  Subscribe to the Windows Weekly podcast.
Zoho:
Webinar Recap: Email as a tool for webinar engagement  —  Today, marketers are constantly on the lookout for different ways to promote their brand.  Conducting webinars is one of the easiest ways to connect …
AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Free Tools to Manage New Year's Resolutions [Feature]
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
In the contest between PCs and laptops, an open-and-shut case
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Why Is Google Giving Its ‘Shared Stuff’ Feature No Love In Its Social Movement?
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Look back: Social Media moments & milestones to remember from 2007
E-Commerce Times:
Enterprise Customers to Wireless Carriers: Can You Hear Us Now?
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Patently busy: IBM filing 10 patents/day in technology
Discussion: WinBeta
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Are your SEO efforts working, or failing?
Dave Methvin / InformationWeek Weblog:
Will Windows Vista Succeed In 2008? Don't Count On It
Discussion: WinBeta
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a security issue, folks
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X market share sets new record at the end of 2007
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google New Year's Logo With Easter Egg
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2008  —  Has it been a whole year?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
The State of Innovation in India
Discussion: VentureWoods and Startup Dunia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without
Discussion: broadstuff
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Artificially Promotes Recent Web Pages