had the early mail from inside the Liberal party room this morning.


Radio owners beef up digital presence. Commercial radio operators, led by 2Day FM owner Austereo, have paid more than $7m to buy excess spectrum allowing them to launch more digital stations and improve their existing digital offerings. Following an auction in Sydney, Austereo, Supernetwork and Australian Radio Network (ARN) were the successful bidders, allowing them to launch up to 12 new audio and/or data services. — Mumbrella

The myth of Wikipedia democracy Wikipedia is renowned for its openness — a Web site so democratic that anyone can edit its pages — but despite the reputation, the site has always been mostly edited by an elite coterie of contributors. And as many of Wikipedia’s less hardcore editors flee the site, the free encyclopedia is moving even further in that direction, amounting less to “the wisdom of crowds” than the wisdom of the “in-crowd.” — The Daily Beast

Japan: the one place where Google is number 2. In 2001, a fledgling Internet company named Google opened its first overseas office in Japan, eager to tap a huge technology market. But after eight years, Japan is one of a few major countries Google has yet to conquer. The Web giant still trails far behind Yahoo Japan, the front-runner here, operated by the Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank. — New York Times

Geoffrey Toobin on Why Tiger Isn’t Talking. Tiger Woods is under no legal obligation to speak with police. The Fifth Amendment gives everyone an absolute right to refuse to talk to them. He may be counting on the fact that if no new news emerges, everybody will move on. — CNN

Jacko’s Death Tops 2009 Google Searches. Michael Jackson, swine flu, Twitter and Facebook were among the most searched-for terms of the year, according to the latest statistics from search engines Google and Bing. Also in the top 10 were searches for Twitter, swine flu, the stock market, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, the US car scrappage scheme, known as “cash for clunkers”, as well as reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin, baseball player Billy Mays and Jaycee Lee Dugard.  –

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