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1:55 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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Leaning Toward ‘FT’ Metered Model; Announcement Finally On Way?  —  After more than a year of discussions and months of delays, the New York Times finally may be on the verge of announcing—not of implementing, mind you—a metered system that would allow registered users to read …
Discussion: Mashable!
the nytpicker:
Hello?  New York Magazine's Supposed “Scoop” Today About NYT Charging For Website Isn't A Scoop At All.  —  New York Magazine's supposed “scoop” today about a NYT decision to charge online readers for content was no scoop at all — just a mish-mash of previously-reported stories …
Discussion: Gawker
Tim Walker / The Independent:
Sergey Brin: Engine driver  —  Google's bold stand against China owes much to the ideals of the internet giant's co-founder — At the annual meeting of Google shareholders on 8 May 2008, a motion was proposed from the floor which called for an end to the company's activities in China.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Daniel Gross / Slate:
China's Silicon Ceiling  —  The Beijing/Google skirmish is a reminder that free markets require free minds.  —  Google vs. China represents a clash of what may be the two most powerful forces of the first decade of the 21st century.  Like China, Google has changed the terms of competition …
CFR.org:   Google, China, and Dueling Internets?
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 …
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: VoIP Watch
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.
Thanks:krishnan
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.
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] …
Agence France Presse:
Shanghai targeted in China phone porn crackdown  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (AFP) - Mobile users in Shanghai caught sending dirty short messages, photos or videos by phone could have their numbers cancelled as part of China's crackdown on pornography, state media reported Monday.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Handicapping who Google might want to buy in online real estate  —  Google is once again making waves about its intentions in online real estate, with an executive of the search giant reportedly saying at a conference last week that they are “actively looking to acquire one to two small real estate companies a month.”
 
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Voice of America:
Experts Divided Over Internet Changes to Language
Ben Sheffner / Slate:
Is Gawker's “Apple Tablet Scavenger Hunt” Illegal?
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Google, China, and the future of freedom on the global Internet
Discussion: Joho the Blog, Thanks:elliottng
Reuters:
MySQL founder turns to China, Russia to halt Oracle
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Should you dump Internet Explorer, NOW?
Discussion: MSRC and Lockergnome Blog Network
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
German News Groups, Microsoft Unit File Anti-Trust Complaints Against Google
Discussion: Deutsche Welle and The Next Web
Damaster / LiveSide.net:
Windows Live Mail Wave 4 to support Gmail's labels, stars and archiving?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Resurrects Imeem Playlists
Discussion: CNET News
Katie Drummond / Danger Room:
Darpa: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk