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Razer’s Class Warfare: pssst, Labor, even racists are on Facebook

Labor used to “get” the internet more than the Coalition did. But now its social media presence is full of nice feels, while in parliament it votes for bombings and mass imprisonment.

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Digital media convergence: where legal and ethical lines blur, too

Once upon a time reporters gained stories through their contacts, by wearing out shoe leather or burning up the telephone lines. These days, they are just as likely to suck the content off social media, which blurs regulatory and ethical lines.

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Washington Post | JOURNALISM|

Are newspaper critics still critical?

In the Age of Twitter, everyone has become a syndicated film, music, restaurant and book critic. So do newspapers still need to publish the pontificating of “professional” critics? asks Howard Kurtz.

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

Hot new job title: ninja

Forget “guru” and “evangelist” — the trendy new buzzword for what we used to call “expert” is apparently now “ninja”. In less surprising news, most of these self-appointed neo-warriors are white IT nerds.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Tanner: The government is going l33t

Like watching your dad explain hip hop: Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner says “the government wants to blog” and use Web 2.0 tech to better engage with voters. What a n00b.

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Daily Mail | ONLINE|

Big Brother 2.0

Governments and intelligence agencies are increasingly monitoring social media services like Twitter and Facebook to catch tax cheats, digital pirates and political protesters, according to the NY Times. Is it time to ask just who your friends and followers are?

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Mediaite | ONLINE|

NYT cites Wikipedia as a news source

How times have changed: once derided as inaccurate and unreliable, Wikipedia is now being cited as a source by no less than the New York Times. Is it time to start more seriously vetting its editors and contributors?

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Telegraph (UK) | ONLINE|

The Vatican discovers LOLcats, Rick Astley and hax0rz

Ambassadors from the Web 2.0 — aka execs from Google, Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia — are headed to the Vatican to introduce Catholic bishops to the mysterious ways of the internet. We think the Pope and his pals will fit riiiight in.

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The Facebook Blog | ONLINE|

Facebook: We see dead people

After a new feature on Facebook created a stir by inadvertently recommending users “reconnect” with dead friends, the site has decided to “memorialise” the profiles of users who have died as creepy online tributes to the deceased.

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

The real-time web: a Brave New World or hideous dystopia?

Sitting at a Weezer concert, next to Twitterati who’ve never heard of the band, where everyone is too busy blogging about the show to actually watch it, Paul Carr wonders whether the real-time web isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Poynter Online | ONLINE|

The evil genius of Gawker‘s Nick Denton

The latest move of Gawker Media blog empire monarch Nick Denton is to let readers post videos and pictures and tag their own comments, effectively turning the site into an anarchic version of Facebook.

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Forbes | ONLINE|

Move over Web 2.0: the Web Squared era has begun

Until recently, we were always “entering the era of Web 2.0”. It must have been a pretty short era, though, because Tim O’Reilly, the man who first coined the term, has just declared it over. Apparently, we’re now entering the era of “Web Squared”.

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Online Opinion | NSW|

Click the vote: politics 2.0

Can an open source government work? An electorate in NSW has $300,000 and an online public vote system for choosing which local programs get funded. Want a new oval? Get voting.

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Wall Street Journal | COMPANIES|

Facebook grows users and profits

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has blogged that they’ve hit 300 million users, and become cash flow positive earlier than predicted. Photo storage cost cuts from the Haystack project must’ve helped, says TechCrunch.

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Forbes | BUSINESS|

Employment on the move

Today’s 20-somethings can expect to change jobs four times before they’re 30 and 10 times before they’re 40, says John Zogby who asks what this technology-enabled transience means for community, housing and even children.

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Business Week | ONLINE|

Gaming’s new frontier: social networking

Traditional video games take years to develop and market. Which is why social gaming (think, at a basic level, Scrabble over Facebook) is so appealing. Quick and cheap to build and with a massive potential player base.

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New York Observer | ONLINE|

Beauty goes web 2.0

Hearst, publisher of Cosmo and Marie Claire, is launching an ambitious beauty-focused website that brings together original content with articles from its own magazines and reader contributions, tailored to the reader’s age, ethnicity, hair color and product preferences.

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From hype to backlash, Twitter’s path is inevitable

The Hype Cycle for 2009 places microblogging services like Twitter at the start of their descent into the Trough of Disillusionment — along with green IT and e-book readers, where they’ll join public virtual worlds like Second Life and online video.

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Business Week | COMPANIES|

Investing in real-time

John Borthwick reckons the “real-time web” — embodied by microblogging and social networking tool Twitter — is the Next Big Thing on the internet, and he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is: building and investing in 21 other “real-time” companies. Will the gamble pay off?

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Shelly Palmer | ONLINE|

Get out and push: the power of the real-time Web

Sure Twitter is useful as a social network, says Shelly Palmer, but its real strength is as a “real time data stream”, and it will change the way we behave… if we can only work out how to utilise it properly.

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Government 2.0 Taskforce: first a logo design contest

Online collaboration is old hat not just for geeks but for any 14-year-old user of Bebo or MySpace. Only governments are behind the pace.

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True/Slant | ONLINE|

Q&A with the NY Times’ new Social Media Editor

True/Slant talks to Jennifer Preston, the New York Times’ newly appointed web 2.0 czar.

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Media Week | ONLINE|

Twitter audience is exploding, but no-one’s sticking around

A study has found that over 60% of people who sign up to Twitter have stopped using the service a month later.

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New York Times | ONLINE|

Web services drained by unprofitable third world countries

Sites like YouTube and Facebook are seeing unprecendent growth in the developing world, but these countries drain their servers and generate little ad revenue. What is the socially minded Web2.0 to do?

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

Interview with Digg’s Kevin Rose

Digg founder Kevin Rose gives his State of the Union on the popular aggregation site.

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