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9:15 AM ET, January 2, 2008

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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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Why Is Google Giving Its ‘Shared Stuff’ Feature No Love In Its Social Movement?  —  Back in September when Google quietly announced a new service called ‘Shared Stuff’ I hailed it as the first step towards a social Google - a potential stealth Del.icio.us-killer that could signal the future of Google Reader.
 
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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
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
It's a security issue, folks
 Earlier Items: 
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Sub Notebook Hints: External Optical Drive, MultiTouch Trackpad?
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
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