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4:50 PM ET, January 1, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
China Is Losing a War Over Internet  —  Beijing Has Prevailed in Battles, but Segment of Society Has Awakened to the Constraints  —  BEIJING—These appear to be dark days for the Internet in China.  —  Four months into a crusade against Internet pornography, the government is closing thousands of sites …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are You Ready for iEconomy?  —  Jack Dorsey's Square, Incase, Verifone and now Mophie — these companies' credit card readers are turning the iPhone/iPod touch platform into an e-commerce engine.  —  Mophie, a Los Angeles-based company that makes accessories for the iPod/iPhone devices …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple: Best [—  ] of the Decade  —  Steve Jobs and Apple appeared in an extraordinary number of 2009's “Best of” lists  —  Our favorite: “There's an app for that,” the Yale Book of Quotations' No. 3 quote of the 2009, right before Rep. Joe Wilson's “You lie” and after Captain Sully Sullenberger's …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One AO532h joins the Pine Trail party with a $299 pricetag  —  It's about time that the number one netbook manufacturer officially release details on its Pine Trail packing netbooks.  The 10-inch Acer Aspire One A0535h seems to look slightly different than its predecessors …
Hugh Schofield / BBC:
French online piracy law in force  —  The first effects of France's new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year begins.  —  The law was passed after a long struggle in parliament, and in the teeth of bitter opposition from groups opposed to internet restrictions.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Tablet … —"Just a Touch Away, the Elusive Tablet PC", The New York Times, 4 October 2009  —  Here's the thimbleful of information I have heard regarding The Tablet (none of which has changed in six months): The Tablet project is real, it has you-know-who's considerable undivided attention …
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Marco.org:
“The Tablet” and gadget portability theory  —  I haven't written about the supposed Apple tablet yet because nobody knows anything (including whether it even exists), so everyone's just talking out of their asses about it.  —  Normally, I'm perfectly willing to join in and endlessly talk …
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Domain name extension ‘could boost cyber-crime’  —  The introduction of internet addresses in non-Roman scripts could offer fresh opportunities to cyber-criminals, experts have warned.  —  Next year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) will for the first time …
Discussion: Mashable! and Domain Name Wire
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
‘Start-up’ visas to boost US tech  —  A proposal that will make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs in the US to start the next Google or Yahoo will be debated in the new year.  —  Congressman Jared Polis has proposed a start-up visa to entice “foreigners with good ideas” to stay in the US.
Discussion: Guardian, ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.  —  Photo: Thomas Cain/Wired.com  —  In the wake of public outcry …
Aaron Mielke / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Television news in 2009: Twitter, infidelity and more  —  (First time visitors: Welcome to SnapStream!  We make TV search software used by organizations, like the Daily Show, to search inside TV shows.  Read on or learn more about our products.)  —  At SnapStream we've been hanging onto …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:rakeshagrawal
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Peering into MySpace's collective consciousness with real-time search  —  One of the most provocative essays on Internet culture I've read in the last couple years is Danah Boyd's take on viewing class divisions through social networks.  She controversially argued that “white flight” …
 
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Purva Patel / Houston Chronicle:
Houston company wants to be Hulu for Hispanics
Discussion: portada-online.com, Thanks:dsilverman
Andy Patrizio / HardwareCentral:
The Year (and Next Year) in Semiconductors
Discussion: internetnews.com
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
$7.5 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent filing: Control a computer by flexing a muscle
 Earlier Items: 
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
MySpace Replaces Embedded Imeem Playlists With Ads
Discussion: Download Squad and VentureBeat
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Mozilla Raindrop Aims to Solve Message Glut in 2010
Bill Ray / The Register:
Hacker rattles 21,000 iPhone unlockers
Discussion: CrunchGear
Megan McCarthy / Techmeme News:
Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2009
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A look at faux podcast video ads, where brands pay for clips that look like podcast recordings and that are cheaper than a regular ad spot on an actual podcast

 
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