Morning Briefing: Thursday 23 December

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Welcome to the Morning Briefing for Thursday 23 December, where we highlight the tech stories from across the web and what we are watching here at

Oh, and two more sleeps before Christmas. Here’s what we are watching:

  • Sony has launched a music subscription service, only problem it is limited in the UK and Ireland and only for mobile phones – and I thought that type of service died already.
  • Craigslist shuts down the “adults services” section of its site for its global sites, other than the United States. So no more seeking for prostitutes online for you.
  • AOL has confirmed that it has bought, after leaks by TechCrunch (ironic, since AOL owns them now). Money was not disclosed, but Tony Conrad (founder) was also the founder of Sphere, which also got bought by AOL.
  • A group of British schoolchildren have published a paper in Biology Letters about bees – in particular how they can learn to recognise nourishing flowers based on colours and patterns. Back in my days, we simply had Pokemon cards.
  • Ars Technica has a report about how Wikileaks managed to do some good for the IT industry – with its link to kill a controversial P2P bill that would make it easier for Spain to shut websites down for copyrighted material.
  • A Norwegian newspaper has claimed that it has all of the Wikileaks US diplomatic cables. Unlike the New York Times, the Guardian and other media partners such as Fairfax, it requires no such approval from Wikileaks to publish.
  • Finally, Julian Assange is going to be a member of a union – the leading journalist union in Australia, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. He will be presented with a membership card via his Australian lawyer Rob Stary this morning, and he doesn’t have to pay a single cent (mainly because he has no funds in the first place)

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