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8:50 AM ET, January 18, 2010

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Reuters:
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.
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 …
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 …
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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!
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, Bloomberg and Yahoo! News, Thanks:atul
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google, China, and the future of freedom on the global Internet
Discussion: Joho the Blog, Thanks:elliottng
Tim Walker / The Independent:
Sergey Brin: Engine driver
Discussion: CFR.org
Daniel Gross / Slate:   China's Silicon Ceiling
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: mydigitalfc.com and VoIP Watch
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 …
John / THINK / Musings:
Ongoing tracking of the real time web ...  The last post that I did about real time web data mixed data with a commentary and a fake headline about how data is sometimes misunderstood in regards to the real time web.  This post repeats some of that data but the focus of the post is the data.
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BarMax: The $1,000 iPhone App That Might Actually Be Worth It  —  In August 2008, Apple approved an application in the App Store called I Am Rich.  The app did nothing beyond show a picture of a red gem.  So why was it notable?  Because it cost $999.99.  Though Apple pulled it relatively quickly …
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Google TV Gets Static  —  By almost any measure, Google is an extraordinary success—except when it comes to traditional media.  —  After launching ambitious plays to digitize the radio and print businesses in recent years, the search giant eventually bailed on them.
Discussion: paidContent
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Thinking Outside the Box: Web TVs Skirt Cable Giants
Agence France Presse:
Shanghai targeted in China phone porn crackdown
James Urquhart / CNET News:
Does the Fourth Amendment cover ‘the cloud’?
Thanks:krishnan
John Cook / TechFlash:
Handicapping who Google might want to buy in online real estate
Discussion: Softpedia News
Voice of America:
Experts Divided Over Internet Changes to Language
Ben Sheffner / Slate:
Is Gawker's “Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt” Illegal?
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Should you dump Internet Explorer, NOW?
Discussion: Computerworld and MSRC
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
German News Groups, Microsoft Unit File Anti-Trust Complaints Against Google
Discussion: Deutsche Welle
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Windows Live Mail Wave 4 to support Gmail's labels, stars and archiving?
Discussion: My Microsoft Life