Morning Briefing: Tuesday 21 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Tuesday 21 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Here’s what we are watching:

  • Motorola is said to be showing off a new tablet at CES, according to a new teaser video released by the company. It’s said to be competing against the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
  • The UK is debating a way to regulate online content with a new Communications Bill; with the Guardian having an article defending the right of non-censorship on the Internet.
  • Google’s venture into television set-top boxes may have been affected with Google asking makers to delay the release of new Google TV products because of of its “lukewarm reception”, according to the New York Times. Google plans to tweak Google TV to make improvements.
  • Microsoft and Nokia are said to be in discussions of a possible tie-up with Nokia using Windows Phone 7, rather than its Symbian OS, after a Russia-based site reported that the two were in secret negotiations.
  • The controversial author who wrote “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” has been arrested after trying to sell it to undercover police officers. The man tried to sell it on Amazon’s Kindle store.
  • Office Genuine Advantage is no more, with Neowin (via ZDNet) saying that Microsoft has silently shut down the service with a new update. This does not affect the other, Windows Genuine Advantage.
  • Assange has hit back over accusations that he is a “hi-tech terrorist” to a Spanish newspaper, after comments made by US Vice President Joe Biden. As well, his lawyers are angry when confidential police files detailing the rape allegations against him were leaked to The Guardian. (ironic, isn’t it?)