If you ever find yourself in China criticizing the highly repressive policies of its government, for the love of God, do not take a Yahoo mail account. Because they'll collude with Beijing to disappear you, probably. That's what happened to writer Shi Tao, according to the Frenchies over at Reporters Without Borders.
Whatever the outcome, it has surely not been a good year for reporters' rights. Look for Yahoo Ltd. to increase its China operation while at the same time working behind the scenes to have Tao's sentence reduced, tamping down a possible public relations embarrassment. Thank God our glorious leaders at Google would never do anything to curtail information or reduce personal autonomy.