Internet kleptomaniacs give back. Proving online news aggregators aren’t all just take, take, take, two of the intertube’s biggest news sites, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and their respective matriarchs, Arianna Huffington and Tina Brown, have recently launched philanthropic arms.

Huffington announced HuffPost Impact last week, giving readers “the opportunity to read a news story that moves them, then take immediate action in tangible, specifically tailored ways — ranging from making a donation to a charitable group, to volunteering and contributing directly to an individual in need, to signing a petition and signing up to stay updated on stories that interest you.” And it’s proven more than just and huff and puff of hot air, already raising $28,000 to help pay the debts of a mother who went blind to save her children’s sight (Aww. Worthy!)

The Daily Beast’s Giving Beast launched only a few days ago, with considerably less fanfare (seriously, is an “about” page too much to ask?), but its first campaign appears to freeing sex slaves — with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher (natch)!

In the same spirit, anyone wishing to support the very worthy cause of starving journalists is welcome to donate to Crikey’s newly launched drinking fund. We guarantee 100% of funds will go to those in needs. — Ruth Brown

Father of anti-siphoning regime weighs in. Michael Lee, the former Keating government communications minister who helped create the anti-siphoning regime governing sports-watching in Australia, has hinted that reforms should be made, thanks to technological changes over the past decade. “It is interesting it has not changed much since early 1995 and in that time there has been massive change in terms of pay-TV subscriptions — there would have been a few hundred subscriptions to Australis back then — and free-to-air channels now have digital channels,” Mr Lee said. The Australian

Internet piracy sets sail forever. Internet piracy is merely demand where appropriate supply does not exist, people will never go back to buying music legally, and protecting information online will only destroy businesses, according to a provocative essay set to appear on a Scottish Government-funded website tomorrow. — Edd McCracken, The Herald (Scotland)

Stamos stammers the drunken truth. Actor John Stamos has finally spoken about the worst case of spin doctoring Australian television has ever seen, admitting he was “plastered” during his infamous early morning interview with Kerri-Anne Kennerley more than two years ago. — The Daily Telegraph

The Kindle Inches Forwards: Now that the Kindle is being actively marketed in many countries outside the US, a reader sends in his piece up on DaniWeb about the skepticism in Germany about the whole e-book phenomenon. A major difference from the US book market is that in Germany, book prices are regulated in an effort to protect authors, publishers, and small booksellers. — Slashdot

The Taliban — Appearing on screens near you: The enemy in Afghanistan has discovered YouTube. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria briefly reported on the Taliban’s foray into new media during his show on Sunday. The group that’s fighting to restore radical Sharia law and to retake Afghanistan recently posted two videos to it’s YouTube account, Istqlalmedia — The Huffington Post

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